Getting Started with Personal Development

Welcome back to Self-help Growth Improvement, glad you’re with us again. Today we’ll talk about personal development and about what you need to get started. But before we get into that, I’d like you to watch this short video with Bob Proctor. It’s about paradigm shift and personal development:



What ever you try to achieve in life, first of all you need a plan. Take time to elaborate it, work out as many details as you can because the more time you spend on developing a proper plan the less time you’ll need to spend on all the following steps to achieve your goal. So…

What are the 4 basic steps you need to create
your personal development plan?

Step #1 – The Metrics: Where are you right now?
Take a look at your personal situation, think about questions like these and write down your answers:

  • How badly do you want to develop your own personality?
  • Is it your own decision to get started with personal development
    or was it somebody else who put the idea in your mind?
  • What about education, what about your skills?
  • Do you have time and money to invest in yourself?
  • What about family and friends:
    – Do you think they will understand what you do and why?
    – Can you expect them to support and help you?
    – How would they react if you fail?

Of course, there are many more questions… Analyze in depth your personal situation before you make any decision to join a course or even buy a book about personal development.

Step #2 – The Vision: Where do you want to go, where do you want to be?
What is your vision? What is the big idea, the goal you want to attain?

  • Personal freedom
  • More money
  • The “Internet Lifestyle”
  • A better life for yourself and your loved ones

… just to name a few.

Step #3 – The Plan: How do you want to reach your goal?
The plan within the personal development plan:
How do you want to get where you want to be?

  • What do you think you should get started with?
  • What are the exact steps that will take you towards your goal?
  • What do you think you should do to avoid overwhelm and frustration?
  • What about accountability?
    Do you think you can follow your plan without getting distracted?

Step #4 – The Evidence: How do you know that you’ve reached your goal, what proves it?
Always remember Stephen Covey saying “Begin with the end in mind”…
Because that’s exactly what you should do when you create a plan for your personal development.

  • What do you think would prove that all your efforts, the time
    and money you invested in developing your personality
    led to success?
  • What makes you believe that you actually reached your goal?
  • What makes others believe (family, friends, colleagues etc.)
    that you reached your goal?

Although these steps seem to be simple and easy to do, creating your own personal development plan can be quite a bit tricky and you may need some help. Feel free to
contact me here.

Only 4 steps for a personal development plan?

No. We talk here about the basics and I don’t want you to get overwhelmed so I keep it as simple as I can. So let’s recap…

Before you decide to start with personal development you should take a closer look at where you are now, what your goal is, how you want to get there and what makes your journey successful. Therefore you’ll need to create your own personal development plan based upon the 4 steps mentioned above. You’ll need the plan to have something real to follow along and to keep yourself accountable for your progress and to know whether you’ve reached your goal or not.


You might also be interested in this article about more personal development ideas:

Simple Personal Development Ideas

“Personal development relies on your efforts. If you set your goals within reasonable limits and allow yourself some flexibility, you’ll be well on your way to creating a personal development plan that encourages organic growth.”


Last but not least, let me share this with you:  Getting Started with Personal Development


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