Most people don’t need to be convinced of the importance of personal growth. But the importance of developing a personal growth plan often takes a bit more persuasion. So here are three reasons to create a written plan for your personal growth and development:
1. It Helps You Transition From Optional Growth to Intentional Growth – Optional growth is based on feelings, moods, and interests. In other words, your daily growth is dependent on your daily feelings. But intentional growth takes place because of a commitment to a well-developed plan.
Optional growth is based on a desire to grow while intentional growth is based on a discipline to grow. And the discipline is often stimulated by the specifics of a growth plan. When you have a written plan, your personal growth moves from the vast playground of noble ideas to the narrow sweet spot of your potential.
2. It Increases Growth Traction – Author and consultant, Bobb Biehl provides a simple but insightful formula for making progress: Track + Action = Traction. Some leaders are very action-oriented, yet often find themselves spinning their wheels. They fail to gain traction because they’ve never created a quality plan to run on. Other leaders have the opposite problem–they make plans but are horrible at execution. The key is to create a quality track (growth plan) coupled with accountability for action. A solid growth plan includes four ingredients: a clear growth goal, practical action steps, personal accountability, and a regular evaluation process. Such a plan provides a track, stimulates action, and results in traction.
3. It Reveals and Enables Your Potential – If I were to ask a college freshman, “Do you have the potential to lead a multi-million dollar company?” they may or may not respond positively. But what would happen if that same student graduated with a degree in organizational leadership, pursued an MBA, aggressively read everything they could get their hands on about business excellence, interviewed high-capacity leaders monthly, attended leadership conferences annually, interned with a great company, and met regularly with a business coach? If, after all of their personal growth efforts, I asked this same student about their potential to lead a multi-million dollar company, their response would likely be an emphatic “yes!” Why? Because past growth reveals future potential. So imagine what could happen over a lifetime if every year you created and implemented a clear, purposeful, written growth plan. The pursuit of your plan would enable personal growth which in turn would reveal your potential for the future.
If you want to develop your own growth plan, download my free ebook, How to Create a Plan for Personal Growth. This practical resources offers a customizable template to help you and your team create a purposeful developmental plan.
Questions: Do you have a written personal growth plan? If not, what is keeping you from crafting your own plan for personal and professional development?