You can plan for growth with a focus on a different life area each day, or by randomly choosing something to work on. Just as we can make a plan for increasing exercise, we can plan to increase personal qualities like courage, relationship skills and many other life areas.
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?
In “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.
The Life Area Energy Level Gauge is a tool that makes it easy to see where to begin with areas that are low.
See also: A Weekly Personal Development Plan and Development Plans Are Not Just For Work
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