Your personal development plan
How technology can help you reach your goals and grow over time
How would you like to see yourself develop as a person? Are you interested in making more money and developing your professional career? Do you want to master a new skill or get in better shape? What about deepening your personal relationships, are you looking to become a better friend, spouse or parent?
No matter how you’d like to grow as a person, there’s a way to achieve your goals — create a personal development plan. But what do personal development goals entail as we move toward the future? As technology continues to evolve and people begin to place more importance on mindfulness, you can expect that creating a personal development plan in the future will look different than it does today. Here are some things to consider when creating your personal development plan, so you can integrate meaningful strategies into your life that work with you and your goals over the course of the next year, decade and beyond.
As the world becomes more digitized, so do its resources. You no longer have to go to physical meet-up groups or classes in order to gather information about the things you’re interested in. Curious to learn more about finance? You can access financial resources online that teach you everything you need to know about stocks and investments. Interested in learning a new skill, like how to speak or write Japanese or how to play the guitar? The Internet is chock-full of tutorials and lessons that you can instantly access.
To reach your personal development goals, try using tools like podcasts and audiobooks to help you learn more about relationships or your career. You can even find audio or video tools that offer workouts to kick-start your health plan. There are already an overwhelming number of digital tools out there you can incorporate into your personal development plan, and this trend will surely continue into the future. Virtual reality, 3D and voice-activated tools will become even more prevalent as the years pass. Get ahead of some of these trends now by integrating online tutorials, podcasts and audiobooks into your standard routine. Think you don’t have time? Listen to one of these resources during your morning commute or while working out, so you never waste a minute.
Access to mentors
Just as you can access classes online, you can also access mentors and leaders digitally. As Tony Robbins often says, “Success leaves clues.” Some of the most successful people in the world got where they are because they found someone they admired and mimicked that person’s success strategies. Influencer marketing is such a huge field because we’re inspired by looking to others who have already achieved the success we crave. Aside from being able to view content from and interact with your favorite leaders on social media, those looking to grow will turn to digital mentors.
Technology has opened the door to find mentors in various fields. Regardless of location or time zone, you can touch base with those who inspire you and drive you to achieve greatness. Programs like Tony Robbins Results Coaching enable you to become a more effective leader and gain clarity of purpose all while working alongside someone who’s already forged their own path to success. Whether you work with a digital mentor for an hour or a year, you’ll be able to easily connect with them through the use of tools like video calls and social media.
Have you ever thought about how much more you could accomplish if you weren’t in an office all day? People in the workforce are searching for remote jobs now more than ever before. Being location independent allows workers to not only create their own schedule, but to immerse themselves in fulfilling activities and cultures different from their own. What if instead of commuting to the office every morning you were able to use that time to work on your fitness goals? Wouldn’t you rather spend an hour in the gym than an hour on the road?
Similarly, what if you could work anywhere in the world? Imagine yourself strolling through a Spanish village on your lunch break or practicing speaking Thai during your morning coffee run. How would you change if you were able to immerse yourself completely in another culture? As more and more companies begin to offer remote positions, those who accept location-independent jobs will have more freedom to understand different cultures and grow, professionally and personally.
You don’t even need to be abroad to expand your horizons. There are tons of domestic, remote positions that allow you to explore your city to the fullest, and allow you to open up your schedule so it’s more convenient to learn a new skill or to pursue an interest you’re already passionate about.
The evolution of education
You know by now that most office jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree in order to be considered for the position. You’d love to go back to school to obtain a higher degree, but feel that you don’t have the time to go to campus while also working. Today, degrees earned digitally still have some stigma attached to them, but this is rapidly changing.
What if you could further your formal education online from a prestigious university? Resources like Coursera have begun to pave the way for this type of online training, and the trend is continuing to develop. If part of your personal development plan involves gaining a Masters degree, why not look into online programs? The future is digital, and more universities are adapting to offer their degree programs online every day.
Creating a personal development plan that works for you is all about developing habits to benefit your future self. How will you take action, and how can you make these actions impactful in the future? As technology continues to evolve, and people become more location independent, you need to take these factors into consideration when working toward growth. By staying true to your purpose and working to create sustainable growth patterns, you’re bound to succeed.