Do You Have A Personal Development Plan?

I have always said that people spend more time planning a vacation than they spend planning their whole life. Ask yourself, “Who am I? What do I want? What is my purpose?”

If you aren’t able to provide yourself clear answers to these important questions, you may find that you are confused and overwhelmed with choices of how to spend your time-busy, yet not moving toward your goals as efficiently as possible; dreaming without making any real progress toward realizing your dream. Why? Because you need a plan.

I would love to think that we are born perfect, and naturally possess the instincts to be successful, yet according to my research, 87% of what we take in from the world around us is negative (1). Therefore, unless we make a concerted effort to be positive, the majority of our energy and thoughts tend to be negative, which do not lead us down the path of success.

Somehow, we must plug into more positive information in order to drown or flush out the negative information we come into contact with.

I am often asked, “How can I find time for personal development in my life when I am so busy living it?” We all have the same amount of time-24 hours a day, 7 days a week-so if you are looking to “find” time, you won’t find any extra. You must instead make time for personal development by replacing trivial time-consumers, such as watching TV, excessive computer use, or excessive house cleaning, with more important tasks and priorities.

Multitasking is another great way to squeeze in a daily dose of positive fuel. For example, you can listen to personal development material on audio while you drive, cut the grass, wash the dishes- any menial task that will allow you to listen safely while you tend to daily duties.

Although personal development programs, books and CDs cost money, like all valuable things that we add to our lives, there is a price we pay for such knowledge. A dynamic exchange of goods for information takes place so that this knowledge is perceived by our minds as valuable, and digested and implemented properly. According to Success Magazine, we should be willing to invest 10% of our annual earnings in personal and professional development. This means that if you make $40,000 per year, that you should be willing to invest $4,000 in yourself in order to grow and hopefully earn even more in the years to come.

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