You can plan for growth when you focus on a different area each day, or randomly choose something to work on. For any area you want to improve, list:
- Where you are now
- Where you want to be
- What will get you there: what you will do, by doing what? When? How often? How many? How much?
- What could get in the way: what problems you might encounter and how you will deal with them?
Just as we can make a plan for increasing exercise, we can plan to increase personal qualities like courage, relationship skills and many other areas of our lives.
“The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz (Affiliate link: I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you click through and make a purchase with an affiliate link. Thank you for your support!) The authors provide ideas for developing four sources of energy: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In the same way we can develop physical strength with exercise, we can develop strength in all areas.
Here is An Example Plan from p.104:
Target: Increase realistic optimism
Where I am: Negative thoughts hold me back.
Where I want to be: I am a positive thinker.
What will get me there: Each evening I will write down problems in a journal and change perspective to view them as challenges and opportunities. I will write down things I am thankful for.
What could get in the way: Overcome pessimistic thinking with positive thinking. Negative thinking is likely when overly tired or discouraged by obstacles.
Do you have ideas for other areas? Submit a plan!
See also: Personal Development Plan