A 6-Step Personal Growth Plan to End the Year on a High Note

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Personal growth is a constant goal for us. But sometimes, that can be a vague standard, leaving you feeling like you aren’t sure whether you actually made strides or not. Don’t let another year pass where you feel like you haven’t had personal growth success. This year, try our personal growth ideas to end this year on a high note. Here’s a road map to get you started.


One: Take time to recover over the holidays: Before you can take the steps you need to become a better you, you need to be in a good place. The end of the year can be stressful with all the gifts that need purchasing and events that need attending. Balancing life in the holidays is enough to make most people a little stressed, while others get a lot stressed. Make sure you take some time to mentally reboot and prepare for the upcoming year. Engage in family time and really be present. This is also a good time for self-reflection. Start brainstorming what goals you want to accomplish next year. Once you come back refreshed, you’ll be ready to take on your new objectives.

Two: Give! Did you know that giving isn’t only beneficial for the recipient, but it has significant advantages for the giver, as well? Giving leads to reduced anxiety, better physical health, improved mental wellness, and a greater sense of purpose. Taking the time to give this holiday season will provide you with renewed perspective and be a gentle reminder to be thankful for what you have.


Three: Perform an audit of your year: The best way to make actual growth goals is to start with a benchmark. But, how exactly do you measure personal growth goals? The same way you measure anything else!

First, make a T-chart containing a list of successes and failures. Try to be as specific as possible. Next to each goal, write a statement that describes why you were able to accomplish that goal or an obstacle that kept you from achieving it. Next, pick a few areas to focus on.

These are some examples of where you might start:

  • Health/Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Relationships
  • Finances
  • Career
  • Your home
  • Fun/Travel/Personal interests

Rate each one on a scale from 1-10, one being the lowest. Choose three areas with lower scores to focus on in the upcoming year.

Four: Make a book list for next year: Many of the top minds and entrepreneurs cite reading as a factor in their success. Great minds such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett regularly consume books and recommend others do so to grow on a personal and professional level. If you don’t want to take their word for it, there are several scientific benefits behind reading that should persuade you to pick up a book. Make a list of books you plan to read in the New Year and identify your reasons for reading each one. Make your goal attainable so that you don’t get discouraged if you start off slow.

Five: Take the first step toward a goal: Don’t let your goal turn into a New Year’s resolution. One study found that only 8% of people actually stick to their lofty goals set out at the beginning of the year. To keep your goal from joining the ranks of the unfinished, take the initial step BEFORE the end of the year and make a commitment for after the new year to take the next step. For example, if you have always wanted to do a marathon, develop a running schedule that will take you through the end of the year and sign up for a marathon in the new year.

Six: Make a new connection: Much of our personal-goal hurdles are overcome because of the people we surround ourselves with. Our connections act as mentors, supporters, and friends and they push us to be better people. Try to make a new connection that will act as a positive influence in your personal growth goals.

Don’t wait any longer to make personal growth an actionable goal. Take action today and end your year on a high note.

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