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Developing your own Personal Plan for Success

  • Do you want to improve your chances of achieving success?
  • Why not design your own Personal Plan for Success (PPS)

What is a PPS?

A Personal Plan for Success or PPS is about finding out what you need to do to enable you to reach your goals. You can do this by identifying and implementing your behaviours, actions and plans.

Our behaviour is the way in which we act or conduct ourselves, and it’s often our behaviour that lets us down and causes us to fail. Repeated (not good) behaviour can often be the cause of self-sabotage.

Developing your PPS means you design a simple system that starts with a risk assessment. Identifying where you are likely to go wrong, or off the rails, or not start, or not continue. Developing a risk assessment is the best place to start, as we can then work out how to minimise the risks, giving us a better chance of achieving.

From the risk assessment we then need to determine if our goal is a personal or professional goal, or both. Being clear what the results are that you want to achieve so your path and plan is clear, simple and easy to follow.

Making it easy is the next step. The less complicated your PPS is the better. Not only do you want to keep it simple but make it as easy and FUN if you can. See it as a challenge rather than a chore.

With a PPS in place, you’ll achieve your goals with more ease and less struggle.

Here are some tips to help you design your own Personal Plan for Success (PPS):

  1. Write down everything that has really worked well for you in the past; focusing on those times when things were tough, and you achieved despite the odds
  2. Write down those times when your behaviour caused you to fail; consider times when things haven’t gone your way and things haven’t worked out for you
  3. List those repeated behaviours that helped you achieve or caused you to fail, see where the patterns of behaviours lie
  4. Carry out a risk assessment; determine your goal or goals and then work on keeping it simple and easy to follow as well as being fun

Going through this process isn’t easy, which is why people often struggle on their own. Finding a goal buddy or hiring a life or business coach & mentor to help you develop the right goals as well as help you achieve them is a great way to start the new year.

Whether you find someone to help you with this or you manage on your own, remember that goals also need to be adaptable to ensure they are flexible enough to manage any obstacles and challenges that may come your way. Being clear on past behaviours can help prevent you from making repeated ‘mistakes’ and enable you to break the ‘pattern’.

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