Life Development Plan – A Practical Guide, Part I

Planning For Your Best Self

I make a living helping executives achieve their professional development goals in corporate America. Today, I want to share how I apply these principles to my own growth, holistically.

I created (and follow) a ‘life development plan’: a comprehensive guide and plan to be the best person I can be, aligned with my personal values and goals.

I hope you find this guide useful and adapt any information you find valuable as you see fit to your circumstances and goals!

Ready to change your life?!

Step 1: Prep for your plan

Unclutter your mind to get ready to plan. Take a temporary social media break, avoid too many social events, etc. Do whatever you need to do in order to best look inward, in peace.

Are you ready to commit? If not, stop. You will not be successful until you are really ready to make this a priority.

Step 2: Scope your priorities

What are the most important priorities in life TO YOU that would define a successful and fulfilling life? Not according to your mom, priest, teacher, ex-girlfriend, crazy aunt, friend, boss or society. TO YOU.

“Big Buckets” are ok at this point, we will refine more later. Edit out items that are NOT your priority.

To give you an example, the below was my initial priority list from this exercise for 2017.

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Tip:

Feeling stuck? Try one of these exercises:

  1. What are the top 3-4 people you admire most in this world – dead of alive and why? What about them makes them amazing and what do you wish you worked on to be more like them?
  2. For a few weeks:
    • Journal how you feel after different experiences – hanging out with different type of people, after work, after doing a hobby, spending time with the family, running, etc. What lifts you up?
    • Write down very specific things that happened in your day (2-3 things) that you are grateful for. After a while see if you can find some trends among the things/moments that brought you most joy.

There is no set time for this exercise. It also does not have to be perfect or complete – we will always be a work in progress. If you get overwhelmed, start with one or two buckets and expand later.

Be as flexible as you need to be and get ready for a better you!!

In Part II of this series, I will show you how to take the priorities scope above and make these goals a lot more concrete so you can focus your attention where it matters most.

 

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