Updated: Apr 14
What do you need to learn or master to have your dream year? Begin designing your year by deciding where you need to grow. Having a growth plan will help you get started and stay the course. Scheduling time for personal development is essential to living a fulfilled life.
Why is personal growth so important? Aside from the obvious advantage of increased happiness, personal growth can contribute to positively improving your life in a number of ways, including: increased productivity, healthier living, better personal relationships, and less stress.
The previous days exercises can help you take a critical look at your life and see where the areas are that you need to grow. If you missed them, go back and do Days 1-4 of Your Best Year Ever before moving forward with today.
For each Growth Area in the chart below, list your PAR:
Progress: What is the desired progress you hope to achieve in this growth area? (i.e. complete a degree, dance the cha-cha, lose x number of pounds)
Action: What are the activities you need to implement or eliminate? (i.e. complete courses, learn how to dance, stop eating out)
Resource: Who or what is needed to accomplish your desired level of growth? (i.e. enroll in school, find financial aid, take a dance class, hire a personal trainer)
Download the fillable PDF to complete your growth plan.
Growth can sometimes be scary or painful. But if you never take those first steps outside of your comfort zone, you’ll never be able to live out your dreams. So have an open mind and take the leap.
If you’re struggling to keep up with the goals you want to reach in your growth, try finding a partner or group to help you. For example, if you’re working on a certification or degree, you can talk to classmates and work together to get through a difficult subject. If your goal is to learn German, there are many online groups dedicated to the same goal to take the journey with you. Having a partner or partners in your growth journey can make it easier and more fun.
As I’ve mentioned in previous days, journaling is a great tool. Take a few minutes to write about your personal development each day so that you can see how far you’ve come. You’ll be amazed at how much improvement you make over just a short time!
When you choose to spend your time working on growth instead of simply entertainment, you’re making an investment in your future, long-term happiness over a quick hit. But I know you’ll find it’s a tradeoff worth making!
“Improvement from growth is the only guarantee that tomorrow will be better.” - John C. Maxwell
Join me again tomorrow as I discuss the Confidence and Courage needed to help you achieve your personal development dreams!