I concluded yesterday by saying: “A lot of people might have other reasons for setting goals…” You might have your own reasons for setting goals but it is important for you to understand the reasons I gave here, because they help you create a better mental picture of how important goals are to your personal and business growth.

Today I will be sharing with you another major tool in Goal Setting which is why you need Personal Development Goals.

Personal development goals help you to take responsibility for your own life and also become the author of your own future, rather than a passive victim of whatever others might have arranged for you.

These goals help you identify what you want to achieve at work and in life and therefore you can determine what you want to learn to do or what you want to be.

How then do you set personal development goals?

1. Create a vision

First, assess your performance and your desires to identify what your personal development goals are. Use these goals or areas of improvement to create a clear vision of what you want to be or where you want to be—and when—in the future.

This vision, like your goals, should be specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-bound. Consider your motivations for this vision and note them carefully.

2. Develop a plan

The next step is to create a plan to achieve your vision. Identify the areas you need to act on to accomplish your target and begin to articulate objectives to improve in all of them. Divide each goal into small, manageable steps.

3. Track your progress

Record your development as you work on your goals. Note the changes you make and the effects they have on your career. As you do this, you will notice the best practices and reach your goals faster.

4. Review your plan regularly

It is important to return to your plan periodically to determine if the path you are on is worthwhile. Consider what you have learned so far and decide if your plan is still relevant.

Depending on your progress, you can adjust your timelines and create space to include new personal development goals.

Consciously setting personal development goals puts you on a pedestal of success because they help you prioritize and optimize everything you handle.

You can still catch up on this Goal Setting Series here.

Don’t miss out on tomorrow.