Designing the life, you want can often be challenging. It is easy to let events and external factors determine the lives we live. No matter if it is a career path or personal circumstances, it can be easy to lose track of what you actually want. In today’s blog, we will be examining how you can begin this journey through personal development and upskilling to take you to where you want to be in life.
The first step in designing the life you want to lead is about personal development and upskilling.
To get the results you desire, you will need to take the time to dig deep and discover what is truly holding you back.
The good news is that you can move through this stage and come out the other side with clarity, a new perspective and on the path to higher levels of performance.
What is important to remember here is that personal development is not simply about training and shifting gears to accelerate growth. It needs to have focus and purpose; most importantly, it needs measurable results to increase your return on investment. Life coaching is a wide-ranging term but in essence it is about reviewing where you are now and where you want to be. Change is invariably necessary.
Alternatively, here are some steps that will help set you on the path to personal development:
Starting your personal development journey.
Before you begin to make changes in your life, it is crucial to understand exactly where you are right now and where do you want to be in life. Start by brain dumping and stating where exactly do you want to be in the next 5 years.
Next, write down what you genuinely desire. Not what you imagine others expect – but what you want to achieve and what you want it to bring into your life.
Now go back and write down what you would like this new lifestyle to deliver in terms of financial reward, freedom and happiness.
What strengths, weaknesses, and gaps do you have?
The next part of the process is to list your current skills, assets and abilities; Write it all down. It is the only way you can fully understand where the tangible gaps are and how to fill them.
This process will help you decide what type of help or support you need going forward. Do you need to take a course? Find a mentor? Hire a coach? Change your attitude?
However, don’t immediately assume it’s your job to fill all of the gaps. Think carefully about how you want to spend your time and money and deliver a good return on investment.
Defining goals for your personal development:
The next step in the process is to set goals. Do not worry about the order of priority; it’s important at this stage that you just gain clarity on what you want to achieve. Choose long-term and short-term goals but only a couple of each; otherwise, you are going to be overwhelmed.
What is holding you back?
Education? Skills? Confidence? Mindset?
Many reasons hold us back from achieving our goals, but now you have written them down, things will begin to change because you’ve started to shift your mindset.
Putting your insights into action
Who can help you achieve these goals and develop your abilities?
Finally, it is time to consider all the points we’ve covered in the first 4 steps and bring them together.
You now have the beginnings of a roadmap to decide who can help you put your insights into action. It is time to reach out and ask for help to move to the next level.
The key part to designing the life you want is to first look at where you want to be in life and then focusing on personal development to take you to the desired goal. A shift in mindset is key, you need to have the confidence to take the risk but if you have planned your journey effectively you will reap the rewards.