Personal Growth

Personal Growth Plan

personal growth plan

Your Personal Growth Plan

Eat healthy, be fit and be successful.  So, why is it so hard for many of us to reach our goals.

It takes more than a strong will and a desire to be successful and reach our goals.  What people are missing is a plan, the “what”, “how” and why”.  Answering these three questions will get us across the finish line.

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”

-Peter Drucker

Step 1:  Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is developed by Paying attention to four areas: mental health, spiritual health, physical health, and relationships.

Mental health:  the quality of your thoughts and attitude

  • Am I kind to myself and do I make healthy choices for myself?
  • Do I reach out for help when I need it?
  • Do I know how to calm myself down when I’m stressed?

Physical health:  the way that you take care of your body

  • Do I get enough physical exercise each day?
  • Do I eat a balanced diet?
  • Do I have a healthy sleep schedule?

Spiritual health:  how you connect with your higher power

  • Do you make time for prayer and meditation
  • Do you help people in need
  • Do you read spiritual literature and put it into practice for your own spiritual growth

Relationships: The quality of interactions with family, friends, partner, and colleagues

  • Do I have reliable friends and people I can count on?
  • Do I spend quality time with other people?
  • Do I feel that my relationships with others (romantic or non-romantic) are healthy?

Step 2: Focus

Choose the areas that you feel excited or drawn to work on first. It’s important to only choose a few to work on at a time otherwise it will feel too overwhelming and you’ll lose motivation.

  • Which areas do I want to work on first?
  • Why do I want to work on these specific areas right now?

Step 3:  Evaluate

Now that you’ve identified the areas you want to work on, evaluate where you’re at right now so you can brainstorm ways to improve. Repeat this process if you’re focusing on more than 1 area.

  • What does this area of my life look like right now? 
  • What is missing or not working for me in this area?
  • What would make me feel more fulfilled in this area?

Step 4:  Create Your Plan

Next, create an outline of your Personal Growth Plan. Here’s what to include:

  • Area of Focus
  • Current Score
  • Goal Score
  • Timeframe
  • Action Steps
  • Daily Habits

Step 5:  Follow The Plan

At this point, you have a detailed plan to follow. The trickiest part is, of course, sticking to it.

Here are some tips to help you stay accountable:

  • Map out dates in your calendar to keep you on track with your plan.
  • Add reminders to your phone of the daily habits you want to stick to.
  • Print your Personal Growth Plan and put it somewhere you’ll see it every day.
  • Find someone who will hold you accountable. If you have a hard time sticking to your own plans, tell a friend about your goals. You could even have them go through this exercise too so you’re in it together.
  • Put a date in your calendar to reevaluate your progress. In 6 weeks, go through the Wellness Wheel exercise again and see how you rank the area of your life that you’ve been working on.