Personal Development Plan
(Solve Any Life Problem in 30 Days!)
‘’What doesn’t get planned, doesn’t happen.’’
No, this is not some popular quote I copied of the internet, it’s one of the principles I live by.
I think that we humans have absolutely no sense of time and we miss out on a lot of achievements, because of it.
Sometimes I think to myself: ‘’If I only started thinking about my future sooner.’’
I’d have accomplished more, maybe I’d have even achieved my vision by now.
But it’s not important what could have been planned, but wasn’t…
It’s important what gets planned today.
It’s only by creating a plan and sticking to it for a very long term that you can achieve great things.
What Is A Personal Development Plan
A personal development plan is a plan created with a single purpose.
Its purpose is to help and guide you to a place you envision in your mind.
A place where you’re happier and more content with your life.
Think of this plan like a blueprint, a blueprint that guides you and keeps you focused on what matters to you.
This blueprint keeps you from falling into the traps of society and your vision getting blurry, rather it does the exact opposite.
It keeps you focused and your vision crystal clear.
What Life Areas Can a Personal Development Plan Be Used In
A personal development plan sounds like this big scary thing, that’s hard to come up with and makes your life miserable.
But that’s far from the truth.
You see a personal development plan only focuses on one life area at a time.
The plan is created specifically for you and your vision. It’s customized in a way to make your life better and your problems smaller.
The personal development plan that we will help you with this blog post will be created for you specifically for your needs.
Therefore it can and will be used in ANY of the areas of life you may be struggling with or just want and expect better outcomes.
How To Create a Personal Development Plan
1. Take out a sheet of paper
The start is simple. At BenjaminStrusnik.com we don’t do any of that digital writing, we grab a pen and a piece of paper and get to work.
2. Write down 10 problems
In order to find and write out these 10 problems, you need to start by asking yourself a few questions.
These questions will help you visualize your ‘’ideal’’ lifestyle, which in turn will let you know what you need to do in order to make it come true.
Good questions to ask:
- What does my dream life look?
- How do I look in my dream life?
- How do I feel in my dream life?
- How does my day look like in my dream life?
By doing this you’ll start to get a picture of where you’d want to be, then when you look back at where you are now, you’ll experience a bit of pain.
Write this down.
What is painful, what are some of the drawbacks to your life, what are you not happy with?
What’s different from you now and you in your visualization?
3. Sort the problems
Now that you’ve written down the 10 most painful problems, we need to sort them.
We’ll sort the problems with numbers from 1 to 10, with 1 being the most painful.
Take a look at the list, think to yourself.
Which problem is the most pressuring, which one causes the most pain? Which one is the furthest away from my dream life visualization?
4. Flip the paper
5. Write and describe problem no. 1
Start by writing the problem you marked with 1 (as the most painful) at the top.
Then describe it, what does it feel like, why is it annoying and painful, etc.
6. What would your life look like if you were to solve this problem?
Now visualize this particular problem, what would YOUR CURRENT life look like if you solved it.
What would your day to day life look like if you totally excluded this problem from your life?
Visualize it, think about it and write it down.
7. Write down 10 ideas
Now that you know what your life would look like if you were to take care of this problem, think about 10 things that you need to do to get there.
What are 10 actions you can take that will get you from point A to point B?
Point A = your current life situation.
Point B = your dream life situation.
Write these 10 ideas and potential actions down.
8. Sort the ideas
Just like we did with the problems, we’re going to do the same with these ideas.
We’re going to sort them with numbers 1-10 (number 1 being the best).
Think about each idea that you’ve written down, which one will have the most impact if applied to your life?
Think about it and sort them with numbers 1-10.
9. Apply ideas 1 and 2 DAILY for the next 30 days
We’re at the point where you’re aware of:
- A pressuring problem,
- A potential solution.
All you need to do now is take action and apply these ideas DAILY for the next 30 days.
You may be wondering why we’re only using the top 2 ideas. Essentially we’re taking advantage of the 80/20 principle, which states:
(If you want to do some experimentation with other ideas, feel free to do so).
The Importance of Tracking Progress
Tracking progress is important, because of 2 reasons.
- It will keep you on track and help with your consistency.
- It will help you notice actions to improve on.
Let me explain.
It will keep you on track and help with your consistency.
There’s only one way to get rid of that annoying problem you’re trying to solve and that’s consistency.
By showing up and taking the daily action consistently you’ll be taking advantage of the law of compounding, this will allow you to get big results without taking BIG action.
Here’s a FREE HABIT TRACKER, that you can download to track your consistency.
It will help you notice actions to improve on.
As I mentioned before when talking about the 80/20 principle, you always want to experiment.
Sure you may have picked the best 2 ideas to solve your problem right off the bat, but maybe there’s something else that might work even better.
Maybe there’s something else that will supply you with even better results in less time.
This is why it’s important to keep an open-mind and track your progress.
The Importance of Repetition for Maximizing Personal Growth
After 30 days you should be well on your way to completely eliminating the problem you decided to work on, but what happens now?
First off you need to make sure not to fall off the wagon.
Keep on taking action on the 2 ideas that you decided on, this will guarantee that you never run into your problem again.
Secondly, this is just 1 of the problems that we solved.
You wrote down 10 remember?
After 30 days, go back and repeat the whole process again.
Personal development is a never-ending process and it’s only by repetition that you can reap the maximum benefits of it.