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Do you have a plan?

Not a plan what you’ll have for dinner or a plan for your next vacation, but a plan for who you are and who you want to become in life.

While I believe that it’s a great thing to love ourselves just the way we are according to the I’m enough principle I also know that we humans want to learn and grow.

So why not grow into the next best version of ourselves with intention?

We pick up and adopt subconsciously so many things (not always healthy or helpful things) from our environment.  

Why not take the time and reflect on our lives and develop a personal growth plan for ourselves?

About things we want to change (for example quitting unhealthy habits) or adopting new ideas into or our own lives.

In this post I share with you my simple: what, why, who, how, when model which will help you create a personal development plan for yourself.

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TABLE OF CONTENT

  • What do you want
  • Why do you want it
  • Who has what you want
  • How can you get what you want
  • When are you taking action

WHAT DO YOU WANT

The first step for a personal development plan is to define what you want in your life.

Sit down and try to ask and answer yourself as many questions as possible about your future self.

  • Where do you want to go?
  • How do you want to live your life?
  • Who do you want to become?
  • How do you want to be perceived and remembered by others?
  • What’s the legacy you want to leave behind later on in your life?
  • What are the characteristics you want to have?
  • What are the skills you want to learn?
  • Which “bad” habits do you want to drop?
  • Which new habits do you want to adopt?
  • How is the person you want to be?

WHY YOU WANT IT

As next step try to figure out why you want all those things?

Why do you want to adopt certain skills or characteristics?

  • Do you want to impress someone with it?
  • Is it for approval by others?
  • Is it to please others?
  • Is it to satisfy your ego?
  • Are you truly passionate about it?
  • What’s the reason and your why behind your goal?

Knowing your why behind your vision is the fuel you can use to take action no matter how rough the road gets.

WHO HAS WHAT YOU WANT

Maybe you want to eat healthier or exercise more or learn how to start a business.

Who has already what you want for yourself in the future?

Who are the people you can learn from in the areas you want to learn more about and grow?

As a reference point, you can classify your goals into certain categories.

I like to use for this purpose the categories I learned from the level 10 life concept.

These categories could be:

  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Marriage
  • Career
  • Finances
  • Recreation
  • Spirituality
  • Environment
  • Service
  • Personal growth

Let’s say you start with category health and have the goal to learn more about the plant-based diet.

As next step, you’d ask yourself who do I know who I can learn from in this area?

Or in category career, you have the goal to build an online business and want to learn how to start a blog.

Now you’d check who you know offline and online who you could learn from. Hint → You can also learn here on my blog how to start and grow a blog and turn it into an online business.

HOW CAN YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT

Once you know what you want, why you want it and from whom you can learn it you’d ask yourself “how can I get what I want?”

The answer, therefore, is that you need a plan in which you strategically lay down how you can get from A where you are right now to B your goal.

I’d suggest to start with the end goal in mind and to reverse engineer your goal.

For example, if your goal is to have a thriving online business 5 years from now my approach would starting with the end in mind and working backwards up to today.

You can ask yourself questions like:

  • Which milestones do I have to reach 4, 3, 2 and 1 years from now to get to the result I want 5 years from now?
  • What are the goals I need to accomplish 2 years from now and the goals I need to meet this year to set the foundation for an online business?
  • Which are the steps I can take right now to come closer to my goal?

If it still might seem to difficult I recommend checking out the printable slay your goals planner.

It’s a planner with over 60pages you can use to break down the bigger vision into actionable goals and reachable daily tasks.

WHEN ARE YOU TAKING ACTION

After having the plan in place it’s time to schedule the tasks you need to accomplish in order to reach your bigger goals and meet your life vision.

I personally have the high-performance planner which I’m using as part of my morning and evening ritual.

I’ve written a review on this planner here. 

But really any calendar can be used for scheduling your tasks.

Try to schedule your tasks ahead of time.

So you’ll exactly know each day what you have to do to reach your long term goal.

All tools I recommend and mention in this post at a glance:

  • Slay your goals planner is the printable planner I use this year to break down my long term vision into yearly and quarterly goals.
  • The high-performance planner is the daily planner I use as part of my morning and evening routine and to tackle my long term goal-related daily tasks.

You might be also interested in How to reach your goals by using fear as your fuel and in 9 steps to plan your best year.