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During your life, you’ve developed a few ideas and even formed some beliefs and established values around those ideas. Sometimes those ideas are simply wrong. They may feel right due to your own experience in life thus far, but often, they are very subjective and not an actual indicator that everyone will experience the same thing. Sometimes fears develop that can cause roadblocks on your path to success.

Get You Out of Your Comfort Zone – One thing that can get in the way of success is sticking to comfort zones. If you’ve never gotten up in front of a group and talked to them about what you know, how do you really know you dislike and fear public speaking? A personal development plan can help you take steps to work on your fear, such as by joining a speakers’ group or hiring a coach.

Builds Your Confidence – With a good personal development plan you’re going to go swimming with the sharks first thing (unless that’s your jam), but you will slowly collect successes that will energize you to keep going. As you experience more joy in life, your confidence will become stronger and enable you to let go of some fears. If you don’t have a heart attack giving that talk at Toast Masters, you probably won’t have a heart attack at that meeting.

Increases Self-Awareness – One of the problems most of us have is not being self-aware. It’s hard sometimes to look to ourselves to find out how we can personally change to improve our career, work, business, relationships, and so forth. When you become aware that something, you’re doing is making things happen the way they are, you can take control of it. For example, if you go to networking events and never meet anyone why? Are you sitting at the same table, what the same people? Did you go to the event with a plan? The self-development plan will address this because the moment you know about the event, you’re going to do a SWOT, and you’re going to figure out how to dominate that networking event.

Helps You Develop Plan B – Everyone must start with an assumption, and often they are wrong. You do your best research, and you act with confidence, but it’s still wrong. A personal development plan is going to help you identify areas that need a plan B to avoid any problems and bottlenecks for anything you want to accomplish.

Ensures You Confront Your Fears – Some fears are smart. For example, there is no reason to run around at night walking into dark areas of town in most places. The fear you have about that is protecting you. However, if you have a fear of judgment, you might never get that product in your shopping cart ready for sale. Your lack of confidence has caused a fear of failure, and you tend not to get things done, but you have lots of ideas. A personal development plan will ensure you realize this is happening consciously and allow you to create steps to combat that fear.

Notes Any Progress You’ve Made – Because you don’t just create your plan once and end it, it’s an ongoing process, you will want to periodically go through any plan you’ve created and note that you did it so that you can move on to a new plan. When you acknowledge your success and even study your failures, you will be that much more ready to experience success again.

Helps You Redefine “Fearless” – An excellent personal development plan will help you redefine what it means to be fearless. It’s not as cut and dried as you think. It also might not even be necessary. You can feel fear and act anyway.

Your personal development plan will help you overcome your fears because the personal development plan was designed to help you think differently. A personal development plan helps you become more self-aware to notice what you can do differently to achieve your goals, including overcoming fears.

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