Success is like an elusive rainbow that we chase our whole lives. Every time we get close, it appears to fade into the distant horizon. After numerous futile attempts, we begin to wonder if we will ever get there. However, this doesn’t have to be the case if we choose to set personal development goals.
Author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said:
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”
By spending time aspiring towards these 10 simple personal development goals and consistently working on them, you’ll be well on your way to a life of success and happiness.
1. Be Committed to Growth and Learning
Whether you want to create an ideal relationship, build a successful business, or master a new skill, you’ll need to be open to learning and expanding your knowledge to further your progress.
Just as your body needs a healthy food diet, your mind needs a wholesome information diet to build a growth mindset and develop emotional intelligence.
To evolve as an individual and improve your performance, feeding your mind with new ideas and information is essential. Every day, dedicate at least 15 to 30 minutes to reading material that enlightens and enhances your knowledge.
Don’t read just to be entertained; read to stay informed and broaden your horizons. Consume content that is actionable and directly relates to your goals and aspirations.
Your reading material could include books, magazines, newspapers, journals, and online publications. You may also listen to podcasts and audiobooks if you prefer to learn aurally.
2. Practice Goal Setting
You can’t achieve success without knowing your destination by setting goals. Having a vision of where you want to go makes it easier to create a road map and develop a plan for focused action for your personal development goals.
If a lifetime vision plan does not seem feasible, break it down to a 10-year, 5-year, or 1-year plan—whatever time frame you’re comfortable with. This important component will help you avoid procrastination in the long run. If you find yourself struggling with this, check out Lifehack’s Fast-Track Class: No More Procrastination.
Based on your vision, create long term goals and short term goals. Ensure that they are meaningful goals that inspire you to think big and build your commitment to stay on course no matter what obstacles you face along the way.
3. Build Realistic Strategies
To manifest your goals on the material plane, you need to be strategic about allocating your resources, such as time, money, effort, and connections. Your strategy should include a comprehensive pre-assessment of what really goes into realizing your goals.
Outline a plan based on your assessment, as well as a strategy for execution. Getting a realistic overview of what’s needed to accomplish your targets will give clarity on the amount of effort required.
Without having this estimation, you can easily underestimate how much work and resources will be needed.
4. Be Flexible and Patient
While it’s important to stay focused on your personal growth and progress, you’ll also have to prepare yourself for unforeseen changes in various areas of your life.
Always keep the end goal in mind, but stay flexible about how and when you’re going to get there, especially when learning new skills or focusing on career development. You have to lower your expectations regarding how your path will look because there will be many twists and turns along the way.
When you let go of your rigid outlook, you release yourself from the anxiety, worry, and disappointment that occur each time you hit a curveball.
5. Make Your Physical Well-Being a Priority
Your body is your vehicle for your life, so this is one of the most important personal development goals you can set. It will be challenging to reach you full potential if you’re perpetually unhealthy and unwell.
A lot of ailments, sicknesses, mood disorders, and lack of energy are a direct result of a poorly managed lifestyle. Science has proven that our intellectual capacity and emotional wellbeing are strongly related to the state of our physical wellbeing.
Make sure that you’re following the basic tenets of healthy living, such as eating healthy and nourishing foods, getting enough sleep, and living an active lifestyle that keeps you fit and strong.
In our hectic and fast-paced world, it’s essential that we make time during our days to pause and take a breather. You can center yourself by bringing awareness to the breath.
Most of us don’t realize that when we are stressed out, we have a strong tendency to hold our breath and have shallow breathing.
By directing our attention to our breath, we not only take in more air, which relaxes our minds, but we bring our focus to living in the here and now.
There are several exercises that can help us bring focus to our breath, such as certain breathing exercises, meditation practices, and yoga. You can check out one specific breathing technique below:
7. Take a Moment to Relax and Rejuvenate
If your thoughts are getting too overwhelming to handle, it may be best to step away and take time out to unwind and get into a calmer state of being.
In addition to bringing more awareness to your breath, you can engage in relaxing activities, such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, nature walks, listening to soothing music, gardening, drinking calming herbal teas, reading a novel, or anything else that brings your pulse down.
Avoid being in noisy and crowded environments, or consuming stimulants such as caffeine.
8. Build a Reliable Support System
Success is not a one-person journey, so this is another of the key personal development goals. You’ll need the help of a trusted team of advisers, mentors, friends, and skilled professionals to facilitate your goals.
Seek out friends and partners who support and encourage you in your endeavors.
You can find these individuals anywhere, but there’s a higher chance of meeting them in certain types of groups and organizations that generally attract people with high self-awareness, strong value systems, and consciousness. These can include volunteer groups, animal shelters, self-enrichment courses/workshops, and spiritual or religious organizations.
9. Cultivate Gratitude
Sometimes we may not like what’s going on in our present life, and we’ll be tempted to give in to unhealthy forms of escapism. We can steer ourselves away from this by cultivating an attitude of gratitude and simplicity.
There’s been so much written about the power of gratitude and how it can instantly raise our personal vibration. The mere act of appreciating the simple things that we normally take for granted can instantly shift our perspective and uplift us in the process.
A warm cup of hot cocoa on a winter’s day or your loyal pet who’s always by your side, especially after rough days, or your healthy body that allows you to stay active are all simple yet profoundly blessed realities that we can appreciate.
10. Embrace the Unknown
Most of us have an instinctive dislike of the unknown, even when we set specific personal development goals. We’re uncomfortable with uncertain outcomes and not knowing what lies ahead of us. But trying to get insights and clarity about an unknown future is a recipe for mental anguish.
As spiritual leader Deepak Chopra says:
“Those who seek security in the exterior world chase it for a lifetime. By letting go of your attachment to the illusion of security, which is really an attachment to the known, you step into the field of all possibilities. This is where you will find true happiness, abundance, and fulfillment.”
When we let go and trust in what we cannot see, we open the doorway for abundance.
The Bottom Line
According to a study done by nurses who spent time with dying patients, the number one regret of the dying was wishing that they had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not what others expected of them.
Let this inspire you to take hold and steer your life in the direction that will bring you the joy that you seek. This is your life, and only you can make it as spectacular as possible!
More on Personal Development Goals
- How Setting Personal Goals Makes You a Greater Achiever
- How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Big Goals in Life
- How to Makes Lasting Changes with Smart Goal Setting
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