Have you ever thought about what you truly desire in your life and then wondered how on earth you could turn that vision into a reality?
Sure, you could start by posting on Instagram with the hope of becoming the next social media star. Maybe you have started a business but don’t know the first thing about creating a business model or how to get customers through your door.
Investing in your health and fitness is incredibly important too. We only get one body and the way we look after it in our younger years will greatly impact how our body reacts in our later years. I am already experiencing things in my body that I never thought about in my 20’s.
What I am saying is if you are not investing in personal development, you may be limiting your true potential. Personal development affects your entire life, not just your work life or your personal life. It’s amazing how many people don’t try to improve themselves. These are the same people that wonder why they are not getting anywhere with their lives.
Here are some handy tips to help you invest in your life and achieve your goals.
Imagine How You Want to Shape Your Life
Without a vision, you won’t be able to determine what kind of life you want to live. You need to balance what kinds of changes you want professionally as well as personally. The two will ultimately overlap. If you imagine yourself being more helpful to others, this trait will become part of both.
There may be certain aspects of your personal development that you believe are specific to personal life but may eventually carry over to your professional life. If you have wanted to increase your skills as a community leader, this could easily be incorporated into your professional career. The key is to identify and imagine what this new skill is going to look like.
Assess Your Current Situation
Before you make any changes in your life, determine where you stand with your life as it currently exists. Determine strengths and weaknesses to help you formulate a plan to make the necessary changes.
Once you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, create some goals to strive to complete. These should include high level goals as well as action steps. Most important, set milestones with firm dates for these action steps.
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There can be valid reasons why certain actions or goals can’t be met. Instead of abandoning the entire personal development plan, come up with alternatives steps. Be careful not to simply fall back on these steps because they are easier than the main goals.
Evaluate How You Are Doing
When you reach a milestone, see how you did against the plan of action steps. This is a crucial step, and it’s important to be realistic and truthful. The best way to handle this is to have someone else perform this for you. It may not be easy to hear, but the benefits will be well worth it.
Keep it Simple
If you add a bunch of unobtainable goals to your plan, you are likely setting yourself up for failure. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to push yourself. It just means being realistic about your capabilities.
There are times when you just need to be accountable to someone other than yourself. This is where coaching can come into play. Whether it is Health and Wellness coaching or life coaching, having someone in your corner who can help guide you and keep you on track is invaluable.
So, what is something that you would like to invest in your life? I would love for you to share your story.