The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Successful Personal Development Plan

Heaven High and Happy Thursday everyone!

How has your week been?

We’ve been working hard, developing a great new product to help everyone reach their goals and become successful in your business endeavors. However, we do realize that success in business is just as important as success in your personal life. Because of that, I wanted to touch on personal development today.

I am a strong believer in having a good plan to keep you organized and to aid you in keeping your eyes on the prize. That’s why I wanted to talk to you today about having a personal development plan.

#1) Why Write A Plan?

I find that writing down your goals works toward success for three different reasons:

It aids you in clarifying your goals.
It shows you why you are reaching for certain goals.
It can serve as you compass to make sure that you are headed in the right direction.

Once you start developing your plan, you can really start to see these three things come out in your short term, medium term, and long term goals.


#2) So What Is A “Personal Development Plan”?

A personal development plan highlights your life purpose. In developing this plan you can finally see what it is that you were born to do. It is a nice, neat place to write down your dreams. No judgements. No embarrassments. No need to be shy. This is just for you.


#3) It’s Difficult.

I’m not going to BS you here. Coming up with a plan isn’t going to be easy. When you finally define those goals, it is going to be even more difficult to really form the habits that you will need to accomplish your goals. However, once you form those habits, it’ll soon become second nature to do what you need to do and to stay focused.


Let’s get started!


#4) Your Plan

The first step is to take a day off from your work and personal life. Doesn’t sound so bad yet, does it? Take a day for yourself. Get up at a reasonable hour and go for a brisk walk or exercise to get your blood pumping. After a refreshing shower, grab a notebook and pen, then head out to your happy place.

Your happy place is anywhere where you feel the most comfortable and relaxed. It can be a favorite coffee shop, a park, a place out in the middle of the woods, or even your own home. Be prepared before you leave your house (if you are leaving) because you’re going to be gone for a large portion of the day.

Once you are settled, take a moment to clear your mind. Got it? Good. Now crack open that notebook. This notebook is going to be your best friend throughout this journey. Make sure to mark these specific sections (make sure that there are enough pages in each section):


Your Lifelong Dream. This is what you were meant to do. This is the meaning of your life. If you could choose one thing to dedicate your life toward, this would be it. Go ahead and take a moment or two to fill out this section. Get as detailed as you want.

Your Long Term Goals. These are the dreams that you want to work toward in each aspect of your life: Career, Finance, Health, Social, and Personal. Go ahead and fill out these sections now.

Your Medium Term Goals. These goals are the ones that you’ll need to take and accomplish in a five year span of time in order to reach your long term goals.

Your Short Term Goals. These are the goals that you’ll need to accomplish between a few months time to each year, leading up to that five year mark. These goals will allow you to see how much progress you are making and they will make sure that you are on track.

Your Values. You need to make sure that these goals all fall within your values. This will be a good reminder of what your values are.

Your Successes and Milestones. Write down your successes as you accomplish them. Make sure that you date your successes so that you can really put a timeline to your progress.


Okay, now that you’ve marked your sections, go ahead and fill out as much as you can. Take the entire afternoon to do this. If you find that you need even more time (which is totally understandable), do some research and come back in about a week to look at what you’ve got and add to it. I suggest that you do this anyway so you can really assess your passion toward these goals.

This is the rest of your life that you’re talking about. Some of these goals may change as you experience new things but that’s okay. Just as long as you are happy and you are working toward a passion, you can change what you want.


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About the Author

Thom McFadden, known as Hollywood’s “Coach to the Stars”, has been helping actors, writers, producers, directors and hundreds of other entertainment industry professionals to achieve new levels of success for over twenty years through his personal coaching and life-changing seminars and courses. Thom has been featured in 26 mainstream movies and over 100 television shows over his illustrious career.