Winning a championship means accolades, attention and the feeling of accomplishment. But even as you’re experiencing these great things, it doesn’t mean the hard work is over. Setting goals and milestones day after day, year after year is how you continue growing and achieving.
The days of constant hustle and scraping to get to the next rung of the ladder may be behind you, but that doesn’t mean you can let the muscles that got you here get weak. You must continue honing your skills so they stay sharp and at the ready. Think about the basketball players under Coach Knight. After they won a championship, did they take a break from running drills and working on the fundamentals? Of course not! If anything, they worked even harder, because now they had something to lose.
If you don’t wake up every day with a feeling of excitement for the things you’re going to accomplish, it’s a good time to re-evaluate where you are. Bridging the gap between the current state of your business and the goals you still want to achieve requires a plan. An action plan, or a personal development plan (PDP), is a great tool to get you there. PDPs provide a roadmap for continued growth—even if you’ve feel like you’ve reached the top.
Creating your Action Plan
There are many templates and formats for PDPs, but most are based on the idea that knowledge is collected in three ways: By our experiences, by the teaching of others and by self-study. The most important feature of any action plan, though, is taking the time to define what you want, why you want it and how you plan to get there.
Everything you’ve done up to this point has prepared you for what comes next. It’s up to you to decide where those experiences will take you in terms of your career, personal growth and even your relationships. Creating an action plan for the future helps you think about what you really want to do next and how your experiences can get you there. I’ll be exploring ideas on where you can expand in a future blog!
Finally, you should always focus on self-improvement goals. Continuing your education (even if it’s informal) is vital to your lasting success as a business owner—and as a person. Dedicate at least some of your time to keeping up with the state of your industry through reading and networking.
Sticking with It!
Frustration is natural if you feel you’ve plateaued in your experience, and often we can lose track of what we really want in life as we are constantly pulled in different directions. Make sure the goals you’re setting are important, significant and that they come from your heart, rather than just doing the next thing that might look right on paper. Your future is yours to make, so make it a great one.
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