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How I Created a Personal Development Plan to Change My Life Forever

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There is no limit to our potential; we just need to harness it with the right tools and tactics to achieve our dreams. Do you know that all success stories have a few things in common? Hard work, dedication, steadfastness, and a little bit of luck are the recipe for continued and ultimate success. 

Today, I am going to share my personal development journey with you. Over the years, I have developed a personal development plan that helps me achieve my goals and keeps me moving forward. 

My personal development plan was born from personal experiences, especially failures. Here is how I ended up creating a development plan that keeps me going even today:

1. My Dorm Life 

I graduated college at the age of 22; fresh-faced and bright-eyed, I enthusiastically applied to organizations far and wide. I believed that my energetic disposition, eager attitude, and perfect grades will pave the way for employment without a moment’s delay. Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed to smithereens, and I did not receive any responses to my applications. 

I started becoming hopeless with each passing day. Nothing dampens the spirit like rejection, and every day I felt like I was not good enough. At times I would get a little courage to start something new, but the rejection had affected my self-esteem, making me think I would fail at anything I tried. 

Lesson: Everyone feels lost at some point, don’t be too hard on yourself. 

2. My Research for Success

One day, I told myself that I would not live a life of hopelessness anymore. I started sending my resume to any job opening relevant to my field. As luck would have it, I received a callback and was appointed as an HR trainee in a digital agency. 

Although I was underpaid, I continued with the job because it kept me motivated to keep looking for better opportunities. 

To keep myself motivated, I used two tactics: 

  • Gain HR skills to update my resume by taking online courses, watching YouTube videos, and reading blogs from HR experts. 
  • Keep myself motivated by listening to motivational speakers and speaking to others in a similar condition

Once, while watching such a motivational video, I came across a 67-step motivational program. Since I had nothing to lose, I thought to give it a try. 

Lesson: Take any opportunity that comes your way and keep learning to keep yourself relevant and motivated. 

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Learning Curve 

The 67 steps of the program consisted of motivational videos. I got a new video every morning. So, I made a routine of watching the video right after breakfast. I used to jot down the important points and tried to follow them as best as I could. 

That motivational program taught me a few helpful things that I still use today. These are:

Lesson: Take all the help you can get; learn from your experiences. 

4. Hard work Pays Off 

During this time, I used to post a summary of whatever I learned from the developmental program on Facebook. I intended to help others who were in a similar position through this little effort. 

My summarizations were in the form of short essays. One day, a friend of mine showed his interest in hiring me as a writer for his new project. I always wanted to be a writer, as I love to play with words. 

I started working for him, and with time, I gained good experience in writing. As I gained more experience, I set my eyes on a higher target; I wanted to publish my work on noteworthy sites. I started with Thought Catalog and made it my objective to get an article published on the site. 

With several trials and errors, I finally succeeded in getting my work published on a renowned site. 

Lesson: Use what you learn to your advantage. 

5. My Dedication Opened an Opportunity 

Though I submitted the first one successfully. I was still having trouble getting a second article published, but I did not give up. I decided that I will keep trying to become an exceptional writer.  

Since our failures are our best teachers, I decided to contact the editors for feedback. I asked them to point out what was unacceptable in my writing so that I can improve. This proved exceptionally fruitful, most editors were kind enough to reply. 

I developed several professional associations during this time; seeing my dedication, editors were happy to work with me again. One editor even asked me to work on a joint project on internet marketing services. Our collaboration was successful, and we met our project target within the given time. 

Lesson: Remember, perseverance pays off!

6. Keep At It

Personal development is not a milestone; it is a journey. You must keep moving forward to keep growing. Once you achieve one goal, repeat the same process again to achieve the next goal. Stagnation is not an option! 

Lesson: Keep learning to keep growing. 

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

My Personal Development Program 

Now you know how I created my personal development program. Let’s look at its main steps again:

  • Set Goals for yourself – goals keep us motivated.
  • Leave no stone unturned – try everything to achieve your goal. 
  • Plan, manage time and keep an eye out for any opportunity. You will miss it if you are not looking. 
  • Create your own opportunity – put your work out there and network to achieve your goal. 
  • Once you achieve a goal, make a new one to keep growing. 

Conclusion 

So, this is how I brought a big change in my life. I ended up becoming a writer, something I never thought was possible. My career in writing was not smooth; I wrote, made blunders, learned from my errors, changed strategies, and finally got success. I am still learning and hope to become even better. 

What’s your personal development plan? Share some details about it with us below!

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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