HOW TO WRITE A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN:
If you have things you have wanted to accomplish but have put on the back burner, because you are waiting for the right time or the right circumstances, here is a simple guide to get you started.
"A journey of a thousand miles, begins with the first step." Chinese Proverb
1) Get a notebook or a journal to write your Personal Development Plan in. Keeping a small pocket notebook helps to jot down ideas that come to you when you out on the road or traveling.
2) Decide what it is you really want to accomplish and start to accomplish it by making a goal.
1. How are you going to get there? What are your interest? What steps do you need to take to get there? Set a deadline.
2. Reality Check: What skills, certifications, and education, do you need to obtain this goal? What books, videos, blogs, websites can you read or view to help in obtaining the knowledge you need, to further your goal.
3) Obtain a Mentor or Someone in the field with the expertise you are seeking. What internships, networking, volunteering, or leadership organization can help you pursue your goals?
4. Resources: Have a garage sale; Utilize EBAY or Craigs List to help get the resources you need. Try an online job. There are many at work at home jobs from Dell, Apple, Neiman Marcus, Virtual Call Centers, Eddie Bauer, etc..
5. Get A Buddy System: Parent, sibling, friend, academic adviser at a college of your choice— someone to help hold you accountable for it.
6. Use My 5 Step System: List 5 things you can do each day to further your goal; such as people to contact; something to read or learn; and try to finish all five steps. Even if you don't the point is to keep moving forward. Draw your progress on a board of long term and short term goals.
Perserverance, Determination, and Commit ment will get you everywhere.
Posted in Ketch-ups, Uncategorized on December 29th, 2011 by Darren Hardy –
http://darrenhardy.success.com/ (Click on underlined links)
I love year-end Top 10 lists.
They are almost like cheat sheets! I feel I can get a good review of year bygone and check-in to see if I happen to miss anything important.
In that spirit I had the top 10 blog posts (based on comment and shares) pulled for you:
_Be a ROCK STAR Presenter (Pt 2 of 3)___ Based on important advice I gave to an executive team of a mid-size company to improve their ‘State of the Union’ address. Can help you improve any presentation you give.
__THANKS-Giving Challenge__ Of all the awe-inspiring stories I get about how __The Compound Effect__ made a difference in someone’s life, this is the concept that has had the most impact. This is something you can do ANY time of the year with equally life-altering results.
__MONEY, MONEY, MONEY (1 of 3)__ The cause and fix to all your money problems. Be sure to see __post #3__ too.
__Why the Rich Get Richer__ One of the most important distinctions I made all year.
___Knocked on Your Tush (Part 1 of 4)__ When you get knocked on your tush in life, how do you get back up so you are not knocked OUT.
__How to Be a Loser__ It’s best to learn what losers do so you don’t accidentally end up one!
__You Can Be Right or Happy…__ I paid dearly to gain this insight. Let me save you the pain, read this one!
___Get IN the Game____ Oh, it’s definitely a good time to review this post!
__Now Explode Off the Starting Line___ If you have any goals you want to achieve in 2012, this post will be very valuable to you.
___The Overachiever vs. The Superachiever (1 of 4)__ The difference between Richard Branson, Tony Hawk, Donald Trump and me (and probably you).
__8 Shocking (and Hilarious) Social Media Gaffes___ More people need to read this. Send this one to all your friends – before they hurt themselves, permanently.
By the way, the link in the email update was incorrect on Tuesday. If you missed: __Goal: See More Sunsets___<-there is the correct link.
Happy New Year everyone! Wishing everyone lots of love and prosperity in 2012.
Achieving Your “One Thing”
Posted: 03 Jan 2012 08:00 AM PST (Click on Italicized Links)
In the movie City Slickers, Curly explains to Billy Crystal’s character that the secret to life is “one thing.” When he asks what the “one thing” is Curly says, “That’s what you have to figure out.”
When it comes to making 2012 the best year of your life, the secret is the same, figure out the “one thing” that if you achieved it, would change your life so dramatically that it would make for the best year of your life.
In my Living Your Best Year Ever program (you have it right??) I take you through a process that vets out your entire life: your core values, strengths, weaknesses, ambitions, fears, purpose and inner most passion to try and help you discover your Top 10, then Big 3 and then the ONE.
Action: That’s your first challenge: figure out your ONE THING that if you achieved it would make this your best year ever.
Now let me help you achieve your one thing…
You will be tested. You will encounter obstacles. You will experience pain. It will suck at times. You will want to quit. So, you need a significant reason WHY you want to forge ahead and continue to pursue and persist through the pain, obstacles and sucky stuff. (resource: watch this video or read pg 3 of this article: Finding Your Mojo-Your Why-Power)
Action: Figure out your unique WhyPower.
Behavior In the LBYE program I also reveal my Massive Transformation Formula. One of the steps in that process is: List the one key behavior most important to accomplishing your goal, your “one thing.” You are one key behavior away from a massive transformation in any area of your life.
Think about it: Improving your marriage could need just a few consistent behavior changes to transform your current connection and intimacy. Your sales results? A few consistent behaviors could massively transform your results. This is true in your health, parenting, networking, leadership… any area of your life. (Resource: Living Your Best Year Ever)
Action: Figure out the one behavior most important to accomplishing your “one thing.”
Habit Of course for that behavior to add up to anything it needs to become a habit. Habits are those things you eventually do without thinking about them. One of the key strategies to developing new habits is to install that key behavior into a routine—something in a predictable sequence that removes thinking from the equation. (Resource: The Compound Effect, free Habit Assessment)
Sticking With It
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Accepting Responsibility — A Story of Bill Russell by Jim Rohn
Most people dread accepting responsibility. That’s just a fact of life, and we can see it in operation every day. Yes, we can see avoidance of responsibility all the time in both our personal and professional lives. And here’s something else we can see just as often: we can see that most people aren’t as successful as they wish they were. Do you see there is a connection between these two very common phenomena?
It’s in your best interest to take responsibility for everything you do. But that’s only the beginning. Many times it’s even best to take responsibility for the mistakes of others, especially when you’re in a managerial or leadership role.
During the years when professional basketball was just beginning to become really popular, Bill Russell, who played center for the Boston Celtics, was one of the greatest players in the pro league. He was especially known for his rebounding and defensive skills.
But like a lot of very tall centers, Russell was never much of a free throw shooter. His free throw percentage was quite a bit below average in fact. But this low percentage didn't really give a clear picture of Russell's ability as an athlete. And in one game he gave a very convincing demonstration of this.
It was the final game of a championship series between Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers. With about twelve seconds left to play, the Lakers were behind by one point and Boston had the ball. It was obvious that the Lakers would have to foul one of Boston’s players in order to get the ball back, and they chose to foul Bill Russell.
This was a perfectly logical choice since statistically Russell was the worst free throw shooter on the court at that moment. If he missed the shot, the Lakers would probably get the ball back and they’d still have enough time to try to win the game. But if Russell made his first free throw, the Lakers’ chances would be seriously diminished. And if he made both shots, the game would essentially be over.
Bill Russell had a very peculiar style of shooting free throws. Today, no self-respecting basketball player anywhere in America would attempt it. Aside from the question of whether it’s an effective way to shoot a basket, it just looked too ridiculous. Whenever he had to shoot a free throw, the six-foot-eleven Russell would start off holding the ball in both hands about waist high, then he’d squat down and as he straightened up he’d let go of the ball. It looked like he was trying to throw a bucket of dirt over a wall.
But regardless of how he looked, as soon as Bill Russell was fouled, he knew the Celtics were going to win the game. He was absolutely certain of it because, in a situation like this, statistics and percentages mean nothing. There was a much more important factor at work, something that no one has found a way to express in numbers and decimal points.
Simply put, Bill Russell was a player who wanted to take responsibility for the success or failure of his team. He wanted the weight on his shoulders in a situation like this. No possibility for excuses. No possibility of blaming anyone else if the game was lost. No second guessing. Bill Russell wanted the ball in his own hands and nobody else’s. And, like magic, even if he’d missed every free throw he’d ever shot in his life before this, he knew he was going to make this one. And that is exactly what happened.
That is what virtually always happens when a man or woman accepts responsibility eagerly and with confidence. I’ve always felt that accepting responsibility is one of the highest forms of human maturity. A willingness to be accountable, to put yourself on the line, is really the defining characteristic of adulthood.
Vitamins for the Mind by Jim Rohn
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.
All disciplines affect each other. Mistakenly the man says, "This is the only area where I let down." Not true. Every letdown affects the rest. Not to think so is naive.
Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.
Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles.
The best time to set up a new discipline is when the idea is strong.
One discipline always leads to another discipline.
Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
You don't have to change that much for it to make a great deal of difference. A few simple disciplines can have a major impact on how your life works out in the next 90 days, let alone in the next 12 months or the next 3 years.
The least lack of discipline starts to erode our self-esteem.
"Vitamins for the Mind" is a weekly sampling of original quotes on a specific topic taken from The Treasury of Quotes by Jim Rohn. The burgundy hardbound book with gold-foil lettering is a collection of more than 365 quotes on 60 topics gathered from Jim's personal journals, seminars and books and spanning more than 40 years. Click here to order The Treasury of Quotes.
The Seven Deadly Roadblocks to Success by Chris Widener
When traveling down the road it is always good to beware of roadblocks! You don't want to crash and burn do you? The same is true in our journey toward success. We need to beware of those things that will keep us from our destination!
What are the most common? Here they are:
1. Fear. Fear is one of the worst enemies of success. When fear wraps its tentacles around you and keeps you in bondage, you will never be able to reach for your dreams. We must confront our fears, see them for what they are, toss them to the side, and pursue our dreams with relentless passion. Conquering fear and stepping forward to reach new lands and new ideas is what makes success possible. What are you afraid of today? What fear must you conquer to be able to achieve your dream? When you realize what it is, take an action that is diametrically opposed to that which you fear. This will confront and conquer the fear by giving you the first step in the right direction.
2. Lethargy. Quite frankly, what keeps most people from success is that they simply don't have the energy, or make the energy, to do what it takes to move to the next level. They get to a point that is comfortable and then they settle in for a nice, lifelong nap! Don't get lethargic; get going! Force yourself to wake up from the slumber and move!
3. Lack of perseverance. Oftentimes the race is lost because the race is not finished. Success is often just around the sharpest corner or the steepest hill. Persevere. Keep going. One more hill. One more corner! In real estate they say the three most important things are "location, location, location." In success the three most important things are "perseverance, perseverance, perseverance."
4. Pessimism. The saying is that you can achieve what you believe. Ask yourself what kinds of beliefs you hold. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? If you don't believe that you can achieve then you won't. Your pessimism will prove yourself right every time. You will find that you subconsciously undermine yourself. Develop your optimism. Look for ways to believe that you can achieve success.
5. Not taking responsibility. I am the chaplain for the local police department. The other day I went with an officer as he took two prisoners to court. Time after time the prisoners made excuses as to why they hadn't yet done what the judge had ordered (she didn't buy it, by the way). After dropping the prisoners off, I said to the officer that unsuccessful people and prisoners have the same bad habit—they won't accept responsibility for their lives. You are responsible. When you accept that, you are on the road to success.
6. Picking the wrong people to hang out with. We can easily become products of our environment. This is why it is essential to hang around people who will spur you on, not hold you back! What about the people you have surrounded yourself with? Are they quality people who will encourage you and strengthen you in your quest for success? If not, move on!
7. No vision. Those who succeed always see their success months and years before they live it. They have the ability to look ahead, see the future, imagine the good that can and will come from their lives, families and work. To not have vision is a tremendous roadblock. Sit down and work on seeing the future—and make it good!
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