Hi, and welcome to the Leadership Done Right YouTube channel! Whether you are trying to obtain your ideal life, become a highly successful leader, pick up a new skill, develop a new hobby, or improve in some other way, it is very important to have and implement your personal development plan.
This is the third video in the Personal Development Plan Series. In this video, we are going to answer the question, “How Can You Implement Your Personal Development Plan?”
Looking back at the previous two videos in this series, once you have identified your ideal overall health; your lifetime dreams, goals, and objectives; the details of your Personal Development Plan; and education and other training required to complete your plan, it is time to implement your personal development plan! So how do you do that?
Implement Your Personal Development Plan
In this video, we are going to discuss six steps you can take to implement your Personal Development Plan.
1. Review/Create Your Goals
Once you have you created your Personal Development Plan, it is time to turn the plan into action steps. The way to do that is to follow Step 1 by Reviewing and/or Creating Goals to go along with each point in the plan. Make sure the goals are SMART Goals and follow the proper goal-setting methodology as outlined in my goal-setting YouTube series.
Since your personal development plan outlines many points you will want to improve, identify what it will take to gain that improvement.
- For example, if your ideal life includes a specific physical health and weight you wish to reach, set goals to get to that ideal health and weight. Let’s look a little closer. If you currently weigh 180 lbs and don’t work out at all, you could start addressing this with two goals.
- I am going to cut my calorie consumption from 2,500 calories a day to 1,500 calories a day. While I cut calories, I will increase the amount of foods I eat that are high in protein and will add more fruits and vegetables.
- I am going to spend 20 minutes a day doing some form of physical activity which may include walking, biking, running, swimming, or hiking.
By setting two specific goals to address this one aspect of your plan, you are on the path to obtaining your ideal life and completing your Personal Development Plan.
Set goals related to each category and point on your Personal Development Plan. Then move on to the next step!
If you are anything like me, you probably want to improve and change in many ways. That in turn leads to many goals. Once you’ve identified your goals, you will probably have a fairly lengthy list. Now, don’t get discouraged or overwhelmed. Let me repeat that… Don’t get discouraged or overwhelmed.
Instead, Step 2 is to prioritize! You are only one person and your time is limited, so you can’t do everything all at once. Take all your goals and order them from most important to least important. Then, prioritize them based on the order you will tackle them.
When you prioritize them, focus on only a few at any given time. Some goals may fit together very well so you can work on them together, but be very careful when doing that! Your time is limited and the more you work on at one time, the less focus and attention you can give to each goal.
3. Set Deadlines
When you prioritize your goals, your main objective should be to make progress. That’s where step 3 comes in. Set Deadlines. Every goal you make should have a deadline and each step within each goal should have a deadline. Work as hard as you can to reach those deadlines so you can begin progress on your next goal.
There may be some goals that have far out deadlines and others that are due in a few days or a week. That’s fine. Just make sure that you have deadlines that are appropriate for each goal.
4. Take Action
The first three steps set the framework for Step 4 which is to Take Action. This is where the rubber hits the road as they say. Now that we have talked about everything you should do, it is time to start doing. So how can you do that?
If you need specific training, find the best method to get that training and enroll now! If you need the assistance from others, get up and request that assistance! If there are any other skills or resources you lack, ask questions and request help so you can begin developing them or obtain the resources you need.
Also, put the goals and objectives into your daily life. Add them to your daily calendar. Create a daily routine to work on your goals. That could be in the morning, at night, or throughout the day. Find the time that works best for you and plan them into your life. Focus on progressing your goals and Personal Development Plan every day.
5. Get a Mentor
Now that you are making progress, Step 5 is to get a mentor. Seek a mentor that has experience you don’t have. Your mentor should be able to help you in the following three ways:
- Provide guidance — Your mentor should have experience that will help them see upcoming obstacles or pitfalls that could enter your path to progress. They can guide you so you don’t fall into those pitfalls.
- Be a personal coach — As a coach, your mentor will be someone that you can go to for advice when the road gets challenging. They will coach you in the little ways so you can make course corrections.
- Give encouragement during tough times — I have mentioned in the past that the resistance will come. Your mentor will encourage you so you can continue to make progress through the hard times. They will help lift you up and keep you moving when the going gets tough.
They should be able to help you as you make progress by coaching you and giving you other needed guidance.
6. Monitor Your Progress and Reflect
Step 6 is to monitor your progress. Schedule periodic follow-up appointments when you can review what steps you have taken and the progress you are making. At these appointments, consider the following questions:
- Are you making the progress you had hoped to make?
- If you are not making your desired progress, what do you need to do to begin making that progress?
- Is your progress providing the results you had hoped for?
- Do you want to stay on your current path or change directions altogether?
These appointments to monitor your progress are good opportunities to reflect on the direction you are going. There have been times in my life where I thought I really wanted something so I worked really hard and made sacrifices only to realize that the goal wasn’t really as good or desirable as I had thought.
Taking time along the path to monitor progress and reflect will allow you to make course adjustments as you journey down the path. Those small course adjustments will be insignificant in the moment but have a major impact on where you end up.
By following the six steps outlined, you will be able to successfully implement your personal development plan. As a recap, the six steps are:
- Review/Create Your Goals
- Set Deadlines
- Take Action
- Get a Mentor
- Monitor Your Progress and Reflect
These six steps have really had a positive impact on my life and my personal development plan. I hope you can have the same success as you work on your personal development plan.
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