How to Create a Personal Development Plan
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity
- Charles Mingus
Are you looking for an effective personal development plan template to help you with goal setting? You’ve come to the right place. I have a simple and incredibly useful template for you. Please read on…
What is a Personal Development Plan?
Abraham Maslow defined personal development as “the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.” Personal development plans, therefore, help you create a plan to reach your full potential. I personally believe that always having an updated plan is a good idea. However, I think creating and revising such a plan on a quarterly or annual basis makes the most sense. That way, you force yourself to look at your entire life more objectively than you do when evaluating today or this week’s goals.
Why is this Personal Development Plan Template so special?
After many years of trying different personal development plans, from Tony Robbins to Franklin Covey, from different personal development “gurus” to popular bloggers, I’ve created my own dead-simple personal development plan. Inspired by Bill Parker, this plan is built upon the following principles:
A personal development plan should be…
- Extremely easy to create and maintain
- Totally around what matters most to you
- Comprised of time-focused goals, with an easy way to measure progress
Personal Development Plan Template
I’ve created this personal development plan template for you to use in your goal setting. This template will help you quickly and easily create your plan. Filling it in should be easy, after you have read my posts other posts: Goal Setting: 8 Tips for Setting Goals and New Year’s Resolutions: 27 Questions to Ask Yourself. I also highly recommend watching this video before you get started.
Here’s what to do with this template:
- Download to your computer
- Enter in the things that matter most to you and goals under each one
- Customize the goal tracker section on the right to align with your goals
- Want more help? See the example below…
Example Personal Development Plan
To give you an idea of how to use this template, I’ve created a fictitious example for you to review.
Personal Leadership Development Plan
It’s also very easy to modify this template into a personal leadership development plan. To do this, I’d recommend checking out my leadership articles, specifically these 3 leadership development tips and these 3 leadership development lessons I’ve learned. Both provide good goals you could incorporate into your personal leadership development plan.