Personal Growth is essential to success. The people who are doing well, whether it’s in their professional or personal life, invest in their growth and development. In other words, they are intentional about improving their life and view personal growth as a way of reaching their full potential. Here are three steps to create a personal growth plan, that will help to unleash your potential and take your success to a whole new level.

Step 1: Decide what you want

Knowing what you want is the first step to getting what you want. When developing a personal growth plan, try and identify your dreams, goals, aspirations or an outcome you hope to achieve.

Think about areas such as career, relationship and health. Be honest about your levels of satisfaction in these categories, by rating yourself on a scale of one to ten, with ten being most desired. Once you have done that, rate yourself again regarding where you would like to be and then begin to chart a course to get there.

Step 2: Choose the resources you need

Now that you are clear about what you want, the next step is to identify and look for the resources that will help with your growth in each of the categories that you identified. This may include, books, seminars, a mentor or coach. I have found the help of a coach or mentor to be one of the most effective resources for personal development, as it helps you to grow faster and cuts the learning curve in half.

Step 3: Execute your strategy

Having decided on the areas in which you want to grow and having chosen the resources you need, the next step is to execute. Information is of no value until it’s applied. If you are going to experience change and growth in your life, you will have to take consistent action. In addition, ensure that you track your progress on a regular basis. This can be done with the use of a journal, or just by simply doing an inventory on your activities each day, before retiring to bed.

As you pursue personal and professional development, be aware that growth is a journey and not a final destination.