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How to Create A Powerful Self Growth Plan in 5 Easy Steps

New Year resolutions hard to keep up with? Here are some steps to help you build your personal self growth plan that will help keep you accountable and achieve all your goals!

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Writing down your goals daily increases your chance of achieving them by 42%. Now just think about what you could achieve if you expanded those notes into a plan:

  • World domination
  • A one-armed push-up
  • TikTok infamy
  • Self-growth

(We’ll focus on that last one for now).

Personal development can be fun, rewarding, exciting — and impossible to do consistently. Without a solid self growth plan, it becomes easier to lose motivation and fail our goals.

But the tagline of 1995 space docudrama Apollo 13 put it best: failure is not an option.

If you’re looking to achieve self-growth in 2022, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we will provide a step-by-step guide on creating your own personal growth plan. Let’s go!

Why You Need a Self Growth Plan

80% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions by mid-February. For many, this is because they don’t have a clear plan of action. To achieve success, you need to be intentional about it. Here are some benefits to building a self growth plan:

You’ll have a roadmap to follow.

Much like your love life, your self-improvement journey will never go smoothly. (BURN!).

So when you’re lost, confused, or demotivated, a concrete plan will clarify what you want to achieve and how you’re going to achieve it. Without a plan, it’s easy to get sidetracked or give up altogether.

You’ll know how to change and adapt in the future.

After you’ve ‘completed’ the plan, you can take stock and reflect. What went well? What didn’t work?

For example: Maybe you had committed to going to the gym five times a week, but you noticed you only spent 20 minutes there every time. In the future, you’d know to measure your progress by time spent at the gym instead of ‘number of visits’.

You’re more likely to achieve your goals.

When you have a self-improvement plan, you’re accountable to your future self. Setting aside time and energy to develop your own personal growth plan is a way of telling yourself you’re serious about your goals.

Creating Your Self Growth Plan

Now that we’ve gone over why you need a personal-growth plan, let’s dive into how to create one!

Step One: Determine Your Intentions

The first step is to determine your intentions for personal growth. What do you hope to accomplish? This could be anything from developing new skillsets, growing your personal network, or improving your physical health.

Step one is crucial because this is when you figure out your ‘why’. Having a strong motivation will make it easier to stick to your self growth plans:

  • To defeat your enemies.
  • To end crime in Gotham City.
  • To flex on your ex.

Just one note about that last point. A common pitfall at this stage is basing your goals around external expectations — doing things because it’s what your friends, family, or pets want.

Make sure you avoid this! Your motivation should come from you, nobody else. For example, maybe you want to become more fit because it will improve your mental health.

Once you have determined your personal mission statement, you can move on to the next step.

Step Two: Set S.M.A.R.T Goals

The second step is to set goals that are S.M.A.R.T.:

Specific. If you want to stay focused on your self growth plan goals, make them explicit. Start by answering the four W’s:

  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • Why is this goal important to you?
  • Who can help you achieve this goal?
  • Where can you find the tools to succeed? (Hint — Onomy has a bunch!)

We’ll get to ‘when’ very soon! In our case:

  • What: improving your physical fitness.
  • Why: to build a more positive mental attitude.
  • Who can help: friends and trainers.
  • Where can you succeed: the gym, park, and at home.

Measurable. You need a quantifiable way to track your progress — that way, you can see how close (or far) you are from achieving your self-growth goals.

Again, for our example: setting a goal to ‘go to the gym more’ is not specific or measurable. But if we change it to ‘going to the gym three times a week’, that’s much better!

Achievable. Make sure your self-improvement goals are achievable, or else you’ll get discouraged very quickly. Take into account your current situation and set realistic expectations for yourself.

For instance, if you possess the fitness levels of a Charlottetown potato, don’t expect to be able to fight Gotham City crime in two months! Start with smaller goals like being able to walk around the block without stopping.

Also, consider the other goals you have — related or otherwise. Spreading yourself too thin is an excellent way to ensure your personal development plan falls apart.

Relevant. This goes back to your motivation — make sure your self-growth goals are relevant to what you want! Suppose you’re going to get fitter to improve your mental health. In that case, setting a goal to become CEO of Wayne Enterprises probably isn’t relevant. (Can you tell we just watched The Batman?)

Time-bound. This is the last (but not least) part of setting S.M.A.R.T goals: making sure they’re time-bound! Personal growth doesn’t happen overnight, but that doesn’t mean you can take your sweet time working on it either.

Set a deadline for yourself and make sure it’s realistic. If you want to start going to the gym three times a week, set your goal to build that habit in under two months.

Let’s bring it all together:

My goal is to get fit to improve my mental health. Within 5 weeks, I will be able to run 1 mile in under 5 minutes by going to the gym 3 times a week.

Step Three: Create a Detailed Self Growth Plan of Action

Now that you have determined your intentions and done some SMART goal-setting, it’s time to create an action plan! This should include steps on how you will achieve your goals. Going back to the previous example, your plan of action might look something like this:

  • Join a gym or sign up for a workout class
  • Invest in some at-home workout equipment
  • Find a workout buddy

Pro tip: figure out what supporting habits will make it easier to achieve your goal. Maybe to get more physically fit, you need to start sleeping earlier.

You can create a to-do list, make a Pinterest board, or manically decorate a corkboard with photos and red string. As long as you have concrete steps in place, you can move on to step four.

Step Four: Hold Yourself Accountable

It’s essential to hold yourself accountable if you want to achieve success. One way to do this is to track your progress. This could be done by keeping a journal, setting reminders, or even using a goal tracker app on your phone.

You could also find a friend with similar goals and send each other daily or weekly updates. Posting your progress on social media is another great way to keep your circle in the loop. If you prefer the online world, you can also seek out communities on Facebook and Reddit to help you stay on track.

Step Five: Celebrate Your Progress!

Last but not least, don’t forget to celebrate your progress! This will help you stay motivated and on track. When you reach a milestone, take some time to reflect on how far you’ve come with a positive attitude and give yourself a pat on the back.

Take stock of what has gone well, and what could be improved: 

  • Don’t feel any personal fulfillment? Your intentions may have been off. 
  • Found it difficult to stick to your self growth plan? You may have set too many goals at once.

Once you’ve got a feel for how to do better next time, set your sights on the next goal!

Start Achieving Your Personal Goals Today

We hope this article has provided some insights into creating a self growth plan. Remember, if you want to achieve success, you need to be intentional about it. By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to eradicating crime in Gotham/world domination/personal growth in no time.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are some self growth plan ideas?

There are endless personal growth ideas out there! Some popular ones include developing a morning routine, learning a new skill, or working on your fitness. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you’re genuinely interested in and will help you reach your goals.

How do I start a self growth journey?

The best way to start a personal growth journey is by setting some goals. Once you have an idea of what you want to achieve, you can start making a plan of action. From there, it’s important to hold yourself accountable and celebrate your progress along the way.

What are some self-development books?

If you’re looking for some self-development book recommendations, check out “The Power of Habits” by Charles Duhigg or “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. Both are great reads that provide insights into changing your habits and reaching your goals.

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