Welcome to episode 021 where we’re going to five reasons why personal development is a challenge and an ideal plan to solve it!
Here’s what is on this week’s Podcast…
I get nutrition and fitness / movement increases my energy but personal development? Do tell…
As a result, we’re going to talk not only about personal development and it’s challenges but how to create a plan to make the most of your precious time to learn.
Nutrition and Fitness, the 1st two parts of Refuel phase of the Energy Cycle focus the Body.
Rest – Stop for Now through Sleep / Breaks / Downtime
Refuel – Put Back In through Nutrition / Fitness / Personal Development
Re-Engage – Get Back Out through Planning / Implementing / Evaluating
You can download the Energy Cycle: HERE
In this episode you’ll discover: 3:33
1. Five Reasons Why personal development is a challenge
2. Seven Different learning styles
3. Five Key Elements of a personal development plan or PDP
4. Four steps to developing a PDP
5. Five ways to find ideas
6. The key rules to implement a PDP
4:17 – Five Reasons Why Personal Development is a Challenge
1. Desire: 4:27 – most people I’ve found simply don’t see the value. They’ve learned what they’ve learned and okay with where they’re at in their life. If they don’t care, personal development is simply not going to happen.
2. Time: 4:52 – this is usually the number one reason I hear is “when could I possibly fit this luxury into my life?” I argue is if you desire to personal develop and value it, you will MAKE the time. If our attitude is “when I find the time”, it will never happen. By the way, I’ve never ever “found time.”
3. Inconsistency: 5:27 – If we have the desire to personally develop and find the time, being inconsistent can be a huge challenge. We start and stop then start again and never gain momentum because we’re just not consistent enough.
4. Random: 5:50 – I have found this one is ultimately the downfall to someone who values personal development. We have SO many interests so we bounce around from one thing to another. Nothing gets completed and although we’re developing personally and growing, it’s limited because we don’t have a plan.
5. All-Consuming: 6:20 – someone who is “too much” into personal development which can consume all of your time and overwhelm everyone else. Instead of encouraging it becomes over-dominating.
7:30 – Two words to describe how I define Personal Development = INTENTIONAL LEARNING.
This means separates the novice or the amateur from the professional. Intentional learning can become a game changer.
8:08 – Here are the Seven Most Common Learning Styles:
1. Visual (spacial) – by what you see – you prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding
2. Aural (Auditory, musical) – by what you hear – you prefer using sound and music
3. Verbal (linguistic) – you prefer using words, both in speech and writing
4. Physical (Kinesthetic) – by what you feel / experience – you prefer using your body, hands
5. Logical (mathematical) – you prefer using logic, reasoning, and systems
6. Social (interpersonal) – you prefer to learn in groups or with other people
7. Solitary (interpersonal) – you peer to work alone and use self-study
A PDP is as unique as the person who creates the PDP and serves as a roadmap for your intentional learning journey
12:05 – Here are the Five Key Elements of a PDP:
1. Consume – 12:22
This element consists of what I read and hear on a daily basis. Here are some examples:
* Blog posts
This is the most traditional form of personal development due to it’s ease and lowest cost.
2. Coaching – 13:01
This element consists of hiring someone ahead of me for a season to get me where I want and need to go.
Coaching is often expensive but always worth it to me.
I do my homework ahead of time to know if this is the right fit for me, interview the potential coach, and make sure I have clear objectives set so my expectations are clearly met.
Coaching is also key for current seasons of your life to get you over a hump or to the next level.
13:48 – Coaching could also mean Mastermind Groups
3. Conferences – 14:53
This element consists of opportunities to learn and network with like-minded learners on the same journey over a concentrated period of time
Now, there are conferences you have to attend and conferences you want to attend. I’m talking about the latter, ones that can move the needle on your growth as a professional.
One of my favorite elements from conferences or events is the ability to network. I absolutely love finding others to learn from, hold me accountable, and encourage / celebrate with me along the way.
Online Conferences / Summits can be an effective and inexpensive option
4. Courses – 16:49
This element consists of a specific course or class that you systematically work through for a desired outcome.
My current preference is online courses on topics of interest or areas of growth.
The power of online courses is they’re targeted toward a specific topic and available to access on your time.
Now, they can range in cost and length. The key is research. Know what you’re purchasing, will it be worth it to you and can you make the time to complete it.
5. Connections – 18:12
This element consists of your learning community. There are key people around you that can and will challenge you to grow in personal development.
If you don’t have them, your very 1st action is to find them!
Now, they are virtual mentors via online, authors, podcasts, etc. But I’m talking about good ole’ flesh and blood. Someone you can build a relationship with over time.
The Who / Where do you find them? They are an absolute gift and some of my best learning seasons have come from these key relationships.
But they take effort to find, develop, and maintain.
Note: sometimes this connection may only be for a short time or season but that’s perfectly fine.
Four Steps to Creating Your Personal Development Plan – 20:36
1. Determine Want to Learn / Study / Investigate – 20:49
Take all of your ideas and write them down in one central location. – we have a worksheet that you can download
Brainstorm ideas for each of the five key elements so you can see all of the possibilities you want to choose from right now.
2. Choose Your Order – 21:27
If you’re “into” personal development and hungry to learn, you may want to dive into everything!
But you must choose an order. This is key.
Once you know what you need to know, prioritize these areas first.
For example, I may want to learn about a certain topic but may not really use it for 3 or 6 months. If this is the case, move it down on the priority list.
The key is mining your options to what is the most important for you right now to spend your time.
3. Choose Your Timing – 22:31
Now take your order and make four specific time stamps: 30 Days / 90 Days / 6 months and One Year – and fill in the blanks.
The conference you want to attend may be 6 months out.
You have three books you cannot wait to read but when should you actually read them?
4. Schedule Learning Blocks – 23:26
When can you insert times to learn? What gets planned gets done.
And some content is easier to absorb at different times / lengths of the day.
For example, you may read best in the morning but working through an online course is best for you later in the day.
Once you “get the itch” you’ll begin finding pockets of time you could add more learning blocks.
Five Easy Ways to Find Ideas – 22:46
Bookstores (i.e.: Barnes N Noble / airport book shops)
Mentors (people you follow / subscribe to / read / bought previous products, etc)
Being Inquisitive – ask others what they’re learning and write it down! I love asking questions if I notice someone is into personal development. I usually ask them questions specific to each of the five key elements of a PDP.
#1 – Know Thyself – What are your tendencies, habits, patterns.
#2 – Stretch Yourself – Think about where you would like to be a year from now from a personal development perspective.
#3 – Check Yourself – Visit your PDP often to check your progress. You’re also going to need to adjust your PDP as new options become available to you. This is a working document.
#4 – Track Yourself – When you find an area or item of interest, write it down in a central location. Tracking what you’re learning also allows you to see what you’ve accomplished at the end of the year and a central location for what you’ve learned. For me, this is done in Evernote.
Keys to Implementing your PDP – 26:29
Be Prepared – It’s amazing what a difference ease-ability makes and could take away either an excuse not to learn or miss an unexpected opportunity to learn
Be Flexible– It’s a plan made to be adjusted and improved
Be Consistent– Something everyday.
Sleep Resource – 27:01
We believe sleep is foundational to develop an energy edge. It’s challenging enough to be productive AND creative especially when you’re tired or even exhausted.
But what if you had a quick guide to give you a jumpstart, something to point you in the right direction?
That’s the exact reason for the sleep guide called Sleep Your Way to the Top: 10 Secrets to getting Better Sleep.
Download the free sleep guide here:
(resource found at the bottom of the home page)
What Nows – 27:41
1. Download the PDP Worksheet HERE
2. Schedule an hour and work through the worksheet to create your own PDP
If you have questions or want coaching, please contact me directly: Bryan@BryanPaulBuckley.com
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