Set up for Success: Create Your Ultimate Personal Development Plan

Have you ever gotten so excited about something that you jumped right into it without a plan? Sometimes things work out but, more often than not, a lack of planning ends in chaos.

When you have a plan, you’re much more likely to succeed.

Taking the time to lay out a personal development plan can make it much easier to accomplish goals, and the Fabulous app can help you do exactly that.

Founded in 2013, The Fabulous gives you the opportunity to be a better you by crafting a personalized journey to help you achieve your goals.

In just 19 days, create a plan that works for you and join millions of others realizing their full potential.

Here is your quick guide to making a personal development plan

1. Define Your Goals

Naturally, the first step to achieving your goals is knowing what they are exactly. Make a list of both short- and long-term goals, no matter how crazy they may seem to you now, and regardless of whether they’re career-, personal growth–, or relationship-oriented.

Don’t set an unrealistic number of goals (or goals that are just unrealistic)—it’s great to be ambitious, but if you have too many things on your list, you’ll feel defeated if you don’t achieve them all.

2. Set Deadlines

Once you’ve set your goals, give yourself a deadline to achieve each one. Short-term goals might only need a final deadline, but break your long-term goals into manageable targets and give yourself multiple deadlines so that at each stage you can evaluate your progress.

If you’re set on achieving twenty different long-term goals, when you start setting your deadlines, keep in mind that you won’t be able to achieve them all at once, and give yourself realistic deadlines for each.

3. Create a Personal SWOT Analysis

A SWOT analysis is a powerful tool used by businesses to help them achieve goals. Like a business, you can’t build a successful life without understanding your own Strengths, Weaknesses, biggest areas of Opportunity, and Threats. Be aware of your strongest qualities, what makes you unique, what you need to work on, and your best opportunities for development.

Threats don’t have to necessarily be competition or another person. They can be anything that’s holding you back from reaching success. Understanding these facets of yourself will allow you to mold your goals around your strengths and weaknesses and optimize your chances of success.

Understanding yourself can help you plan more efficiently.

4. Develop New Skills

Next, cross-reference your strengths and weaknesses with the steps you’ve laid out to achieve your goals. Does the path to your goals involve any of your weaknesses? If so, work on building those skills to the point that they’re no longer weaknesses.

A weakness might not necessarily be something you’re bad at. It’s just a missing puzzle piece that you’ve just identified.

5. Take Action

Now that you know your goals and you’ve laid out the steps to achieve them, it’s time to take action! You’ll never feel 100% ready for anything. That’s perfectly normal! Swallow back those butterflies and take the first step. You may surprise yourself! If you’re looking for a place to start, try our Shape Your Mind meditation on the Fabulous app.