personal development goals

Would you like to set some personal development goals for yourself?

If you ask people in your life, odds are they have some goal or dream. Yet, 92% of people with goals don't achieve them.

It's not a surprise, really. We tend to overestimate what we can do in a year and we underestimate what we can do in 3-5 years. That means that the goals we set to achieve in the next year might be a little too much to happen in one year.

That doesn't mean that it won't happen, just that it might take a little longer than you expect.

Keep reading to learn how you can set personal development goals and achieve them.


Assess Where You Are Now

If you want to understand where you're going, you need to take a look at where you're at now.

Before you set your goals, sit in a quiet place for a couple of hours with a notebook. Write down where you're at, and ask yourself if you are satisfied with where you're at.

Doing this will give you an objective look at what is working in your life and what isn't. It's also a time to celebrate what you've accomplished so far.

This exercise also gives you a baseline to work from. You'll be able to see what kind of progress you're making towards your goals.

You're going to want to keep what you wrote down handy and look at it every couple of weeks to reflect on your progress.

Start Dreaming

Are you ready to set your goals? Have you set some goals and cast them aside because you think they're impossible?

This part of the process involves getting creative and using your imagination.

Here's what you're going to do. Get out a blank piece of paper. Close your eyes, and start to see your life. Everything from where you live, to what you do, how you spend your day, what your relationships are like.

During this exercise, get down to the details. Notice the colors, smells, and feel what's going on around you. Have fun with this part of the process, like it's one big daydream.

Now write down what you just envisioned.

You may notice some thoughts pop up that say that's too much, or you can't make that happen. Make a mental note of that for later in the process.

Set Your Goals

We've all heard of SMART goals. You know, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound. There's some value to SMART goals, but we're going to look at them a little differently.

SMART goals are fine, but they can take the spark of inspiration out of the process. After all, big dreams happen because they start with a big idea. Then you can chunk it down into smaller parts, but the dream and inspiration remain.

To set reasonable personal development goals, take what you wrote in the dreaming exercise and pick 1-2 big ideas that you want to focus on. You don't want more than one or two because you'll easily get overwhelmed.

Take those ideas and make them more specific. Let's say that you want to start a new business in the next year. Make sure you are specific as to when it's going to happen. You can write down your goals as if they've already happened.

Outline the Tasks to Make Them Happen

You have the dream. You have the goals. Now it's time to make it happen.

Your goals can't happen on their own. You need to take action.

At this stage, you're going to take your goal, and list out all of the tasks you need to do to make the dream a reality.

For example, if your goal is to write a book in the next year, your tasks might be to research, outline, write a draft, edit, and format your book.

Now, take those tasks and decide what you can do in the next 7, 14, and 30 days. You'll then revisit your tasks every week and move forward towards your goals.

You now have your goals and a plan to make them happen.

Understand Core Beliefs

Have you ever set goals and found that you're on fire the first couple of days, then you stopped suddenly.

Maybe something came up or life happened. Regardless, you were stopped in your tracks and you didn't get back on track.

There's a good reason for that.

Remember when you were writing down your dreams and you may have had some thoughts come into your mind about whether or not you deserved to have or needed to have what you dreamed.

Maybe you heard the voices of family members or friends.

These voices are a reflection of your core beliefs. Your core beliefs are often the key to attaining exactly what we want in life and living a life of constant striving and often struggle.

The good news is that these core beliefs are not permanent. You have the power to change them at any time and create beliefs to replace them.

These are the beliefs that will support you and help you attain the life you desire.

Have Accountability and Support

You may be tempted to keep your dreams and goals to yourself. The truth is that we cannot fully live life in isolation. Nor can you reach your goals without the right support.

If you want to lose weight, would it make sense to surround yourself with people who are constantly eating sweets and drinking alcohol? Of course not.

You have to surround yourself with people who will support you and even mentor you.

The first step is to share your goals with people. That's how you'll start to weed out who in your current social circle is supportive or not.

Then, ask people if you can lean on them for support. These are the people you can call on and have them check in with you regarding your progress.

Live a Purposeful Life with Personal Development Goals

Setting personal development goals takes creativity, imagination, action, and a willingness to change your beliefs.

That's what it takes to live your life on purpose.

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