How to create a personal development plan

Here we detail the 9 steps necessary to design your own Personal Development Plan and achieve all your goals.

A Personal Development Plan is a strategy that allows you to define which will be the objectives to achieve in a specific period, and the necessary actions to reach them. Next, we detail the steps to design your own Personal Development Plan.

1. Definition of goals

The plan should begin by defining the goals or objectives to be achieved. These goals can cover different areas of life such as professional, personal, or even spiritual. Exercise: Write 5-10 goals that are really important.

2. Prioritize

In the second step of the plan, the goals must be organized according to their order of importance. Exercise: Review the list of goals and put the most important ones first.

3. Define a deadline

Targets without specific deadlines are usually not met. When defining the time frame, you need to be realistic so that the goal can be achieved. Exercise: Set a deadline for each of the plan’s goals.

4. Understand your own strengths

Each individual has a skill or talent in which they are better than average. What are these key strengths? Exercise: Write down the talents or skills that can help you achieve each of your goals.

5. Recognize opportunities and threats

Just as there are talents, there are also behaviors or habits in each person that are harmful to the achievement of the proposed goals. Exercise: Define 5 harmful habits and commit to leave them behind.

6. Develop new skills

To achieve the goals described, it is necessary to develop skills that are not available at the time of making the plan. What are those skills or knowledge to be learned, which will be necessary to meet the objectives? Exercise: Make a list of the skills you need to learn to achieve your goals.

7. Action Tactics

Here, all the actions that must be taken to achieve the objectives are specified. Exercise: Write between 3 and 5 actions that you think are necessary to reach each of the goals.

8. Seek support

Successful people know how to surround themselves with experienced people who can guide and support them. Who can help you achieve your goals? Experts, advisors, contacts, family, friends… Exercise: List the people, professional or not, who can give you advice or help you achieve your goals.

9. Measuring progress

Any progress is a reason to feel good and to get motivated, however small. But it’s also the only way to see if things are going according to plan. It is essential to evaluate the situation and ask yourself what can be done differently? Exercise: Write down the things that need to be improved and the new action tactics to be taken to do it.

A Personal Development Plan is a very powerful tool not only to define objectives and know what is needed to achieve them but to plan your life, evaluate it and know for sure what is most important for you. The best time to define your own plan was yesterday, and the second-best time is now.