The best leaders value personal growth. They know growth greatly determines their effectiveness and potential so they develop habits that cause them to always be growing and learning. To develop or maintain the habit of growing yourself requires a plan. Below are four steps to setting up a personal growth plan:
1. Find your why-
When setting up a personal growth plan, it’s imperative to find a strong enough reason to grow yourself. Your why might include: to always be advancing forward in your career, seeing steady growth in profits within your business, or to become a better spouse or parent. Your why needs to be strong enough to motivate you to always be growing.
2. Be Specific-
Once you find your why, begin to be specific about the areas you plan on growing within. Those areas can include: you’re personal strengths zones, skills needed to increase work competence, a specific area that will allow you to advance in your business or the dream you desire to move toward. Being specific allows you to make progress.
3. Write it out-
When you know your specific growth areas, now it’s time to write down what you plan on doing to grow those areas. An example of something you can write out is:
• I plan on reading or listening to X number of books a month.
• I plan on listening to X number of audio podcasts or lessons a week.
• I plan on being coached or mentored X number of times every month.
• I plan on attending X conferences every year.
After writing down the specific growth plan, you need to determine what you need to do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to reach your growth goals. For example:
- If you plan on reading 2 books a month: You will need to set aside daily time or a block of time throughout the week to read or listen to books so you reach your goal of 2 books a month.
- If you want to listen to 5 podcasts/audio lessons a week: You can decide before the upcoming week which audio lessons/podcast you will listen to and when you intend to listen to them. It might be listening while driving to or from work or while exercising.
- If you want to be coached or mentored once a month: The first step would be to find a person who has success and is further along than you in your desired growth areas. When you find someone you can ask that person to mentor you. The other option is to invest money for coaching or mentorship.
- If you want to attend 1 conference a year: You need to determine which conference would best help you grow in your specific growth areas. When you find a conference, you can begin to plan accordantly (Saving money, requesting time off work, and making travel arrangements).
4. Make your plan a priority-
Placing your personal growth plan as a priority will allow you to follow through with your growth goals. You should have systems is place where you are able to grow during busy seasons or during normally waited times. When you are intentional about growing yourself, you will always be effective and moving toward a better future.
Questions: Have you taken the time to set up a personal growth plan? What other steps should be added?