Pen Writing Your Personal Development Plan

How to Write A Personal Development Plan For Your Career and Life

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”
Alan Lakein

Do you know what the biggest waste of time is? Spinning your wheels because you don’t know what you’re doing.

The best use of your time?  Having a clear plan and direction, so you make the most of every moment.

So that’s why the question I have to you today is:  do you know where you’re going?  Where do you see yourself in a year, five years – and perhaps ten years down the road?

If you want to follow along, download this Printable Personal Development Plan Template (PDF) 

If you don’t know where you want to get to, it doesn’t matter which way you go.

When you learn how to write your personal development plan, you’ll learn how to structure your thoughts as well.

When that happens, you will be amazed at the way your brain will subconsciously focus on what you want.

Why write a Personal Development Plan?

Because, frankly, it works.  When you write down your plan you’ll get:

  • Clarity.  With the structure I lay out below, you’ll know exactly what you are doing with your life.
  • Define The Why.  We’ll tie it all together into your major “why” – so that even on days you feel lazy or unmotivated, you can remember why this really matters to you.
  • A Course Of Action.  Imagine waking up every day and knowing each day matters, and having a plan for what to do with it.

Let’s break it down into exactly what goes into it

What Is In A Personal Development Plan?

The personal development plan answers 3 questions…and I’ll give you the exact structure

  • What you want
  • Why you want it
  • How you plan to get there.

That’s it.

How To Write A Personal Development Plan Sections

  • Page 1: Your Life Purpose. What were you born to do? What is the meaning of your life?
  • Page 2: Your Dreams. Those far reaching thoughts and hopes that inspire you to action.
  • Page 3: Your Beliefs and Values. What do you stand for? And perhaps, what do you wish your actions showed you stand for?
  • Page 4-7 Goals:
    • Short, Medium and Long Term Goals.  We’ll take your dreams, break them down into goals that span years, months and finally days and weeks – so you know what to do every day, and also the general direction your heading.
  • Page 8+: Success and Milestones.  This is optional, but I recommend as you accomplish your goals, keep a log of some of the major milestones you’ve accomplished. You can also store certificates and other things that make you feel good.

Personal Development Plan Template

Ok, we discussed the sections that go into a plan…wouldn’t it be nice to see what it actually looks like?

Your Life Purpose, Your Dreams and Your Beliefs and Values – those all go on blank pages, one page at a time.  I like to write them our bullet style

For the goal sheet though, I like to have a matrix to help me see exactly where I’m headed.

I like to go ten years out, but three or gives years is great too.

A typical  download this personal development plan template (PDF) for goals looks like this:

Personal Development Goals

Goal Area One Year Three Year Five Year Ten Year

For each box, answer these questions:

  • What specifically do I want to accomplish?
  • Why?
  • Who can help me?
  • How do I get there? (What actions do I need to take?)

Now It’s Time To Make Your Own

Grab your copy of this printable personal development plan template (PDF) for goals and get started

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