If you’re committed to building a solopreneur lifestyle and you aren’t investing in personal development, you may be limiting your true potential. Undertaking personal development affects your entire life, not just your business life or your personal life, but both and it’s pretty mindblowing how many people don’t invest time and money into themselves. You might even recognise that these people are those who wonder why they aren’t getting anywhere with their business and lifestyle goals. Sound like anyone you know?

As a solopreneur, often your personal and business life entwines and your goals for the future will encompass aspects of both. Here are some steps you can take towards investing wisely in your personal and business growth…

Determine how you want to shape your life by determining what you want your future to look like

Without a vision, you won’t be able to determine what kind of life you want to live. You need to balance what kinds of changes you want to see in your business as well as personally. The two will ultimately overlap: for example, if you envisage yourself being more helpful to others, this trait will become part of both. There may be certain aspects of your personal development that you believe are specific to your non-business life but it’s most likely they’ll eventually carry over to your professional life too. The key at this stage is to identify and imagine what your new skills are going to look like.

Assess your current situation

Before you make any changes in your life, determine where you stand with your life – in both your business and personally – as it currently exists. Determine all your strengths and weaknesses to help formulate a plan to make the necessary changes.

Set some big, hairy goals

Once you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, create some goals to strive to complete. These should include high level goals (ones that maybe scare you a little bit) as well as action steps. Most importantly, set milestones with firm dates for these action steps and consider sharing them with someone for the sake of accountability.

Consider your alternatives

There can be valid reasons why some of your actions or goals can’t be met. Instead of abandoning your entire personal development plan, come up with alternatives steps. Maybe there is a less overwhelming program you can take or a different coach you can work with.  Just be careful not to simply fall back on excuses or inaction because they are easier options.

Evaluate how you are doing

When you reach a milestone, see how it stands up against your plan of action steps. This is a crucial step, and it’s important to be realistic and truthful. A good way to handle this is to have someone else perform this for you. It may not be easy to hear, but the benefits will be well worth it. And then, of course if the results show progress – CELEBRATE!

Keep it simple

Investing in yourself is not meant to be an onerous and overwhelming concept and instead, it should be fun, exciting and inspirational. If you add a bunch of unobtainable goals to your agenda, you are likely setting yourself up for failure and this is not part of the gameplan. It’s a great idea to surround yourself with likeminded people who value self-improvement and if you’re looking for where these kind hang out, come find them in the Solopreneur Success Facebook group!

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