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How should I create a personal development plan for my life and career?

I have been feeling stuck in life for a while now. I am a psychiatrist. I spend all my days improving lives and helping people deal with different issues but I do not feel like I am where I want to be in life. I have bought books on how to grow as a person and ways to better yourself but I still feel the same. A friend of mine suggested I create a personal development plan. I thought this was a great idea but the problem is that I do not know how to do it.

Timothy Norman

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Ramon Kelly on January 11, 2018

Personal development plans improve lives drastically. I was in the same situation you are in a few years ago. I did not feel like my life was fulfilling and I desperately needed to make changes that would make me more enthusiastic about my life. My therapist suggested many books on ways of bettering yourself and how to grow as a person but I did not benefit from this either. It wasn’t until I came up with a personal growth plan that I experienced a difference in my life. There are several steps you can take to create an amazing plan:
Define your personal goals What are some of the goals you would like to achieve? Which ones are most important and would they make your life more meaningful? Your answer to this question will act as a guide on what you can do to make desirable improvements in your life.
Set a Deadline For each of the goals you have listed, set a deadline of when you want to achieve it. When setting deadlines, you need to be realistic. Do not assign little time to a complex project that requires a lot of time to execute. This will only cause frustration.
Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses It is very important for you to identify what you are good at and your weak areas. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses enables you to know where you might need help and where you will be able to cope on your own when working towards your goals.
Recognize Threats and Opportunities
You need to identify the habits that will make it difficult for you to achieve your goals and which ones will make it easier for you. For example, if you plan on achieving your goals in the next 50 years, you need to stop habits like smoking, unhealthy eating and not exercising that might affect your health and wellbeing. Also, identify good habits that favor your goals and work on them even more.
Take Action
The intention is great but the action is what gets the job down. Therefore, when you are done listing your goals and you have created a plan, you need to come up with an action plan. List some of the things you will do on a daily, monthly or weekly basis that will enable you to get closer to your goal. Do this consistently. Before you know it, you will have achieved your goal.

Larry Warrena year ago

A personal development plan is a very effective tool for success. The reason most people become unmotivated with life is because they have nothing to look forward to. They get comfortable in their daily routines and forget to take steps to improve themselves. With a development plan, this does not happen because you are constantly working on your goals. There are several things you need to include in a development plan to make it work in your favor. First and foremost, you need to include your goals. It can be career related or concerning any other part of your life you need to change. Next, write down why the goals are important to you. What does achieving the goal mean to you?Lastly, come up with steps on how to achieve the goal and start implementing your plan. I would advise you to start with small goals to test whether or not your plan works. Once, you have achieved the small goals, start working on the bigger goals.

Eric Batesa year ago

From my experience, I know that personal development plan is effective when we understand where we want to move. I have motivated some people to improve lives as they do not find fulfillment in their life. Simple things are the main reasons that block most of them to get to the place where they are supposed to be. One of the common things is comparison. When you compare yourself to other individuals, you get it wrong. We work differently and we can never be the same. As you follow the plan, be keen to allow external pressure to influence your move.


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