Time for a Personal / Business Development Check-In

When you created your plans for the new year in December or the beginning of the year, did you create a plan for personal and business development? Do you have a system for personal development? No? Well, as we end the month of February, maybe it’s a good time to create one!

Personal and Business Development System

Why Do You need A Personal/Business Development System?

As a business and life coach, I realize that I am probably speaking to the choir here. You are in the business of helping people create a better life and business. You know, and probably teach, that ongoing personal and business development is important.

However, as a successful, busy coach, it is easy to let your own personal and business development to fall by the wayside. So, let me just give you a quick reminder of why it is so important:

  • It is a form of self-care. Taking time to learn something new can be invigorating and a chance to recharge your batteries, all while increasing your skill set or life.
  • It is a form of motivation. If you are feeling bored or stressed or in a slump, personal and business development can be just what you need to get re-inspired and excited about what you do and whom you do it for.
  • It is a form of idea generator. Learning something new about yourself or your business can spawn a whole bunch of ideas that you can use to take your business (and live) to the next level.
  • It is a form of income creation. All those ideas you get can be used to create new and different income streams into your business. Also, by learning a new skill or getting certified in something, can (and should) be a reason to raise your rates.

How to Create a Sustainable Personal / Business Development System?

Creating a personal or business development system shouldn’t be complicated. If it is, you won’t use it. So, keep it simple.

The first thing you want to do is create a list of the developmental things you have been wanting to do but haven’t made time for them, for whatever reason. List those books, webinars/videos, courses, without judgement, and get them down on paper.

Then, get out your calendar. Block out how much time you have (or want) for development. Hopefully, you will be able to make time weekly; however, at the bare minimum, plan something monthly. Or daily! Then, add those activities you listed to your calendar. IN PEN. Make them non-negotiable.

For example: I listen to an audio/video everyday while going about my morning/evening routine and sometimes while I am doing household chores. I also plan on reading one book a month (usually more, but one covers me if I have a particularly busy month.) I am also doing one course/webinar series a quarter, and for 2019, I am integrating one 3-8 day retreat for the year.

Need some Ideas and Inspiration?

Don’t have any particular books or courses that you want to take? You can find a lot of topic ideas on tedtalks.com, teachable.com, and others. A simple search will bring up a ton of suggestions. Just pick a topic and go.

As for books, I have a couple of suggestions: Profit First by Michael Michalowicz and Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron.

I learned about Profit First through Tina Forsyth. It is a game changer. Seriously, I think it should be read by every entrepreneur that exists. It will change how you look at your business (and personal) finances.

I heard about Chasing Excellence through Crystal Paine, blogger at Money Saving Mom. Ben Bergeron is a Crossfit coach to the most top-rated Crossfit athletes in the world. Now, with my cerebral palsy, I am not ever going to be a Crossfit expert athlete, and neither will you probably. Don’t let that stop you from reading this book. It has some amazing insights and lessons that are applicable to daily life for everyone. Get. This. Book.

Now it’s time to get to work: get out that paper, create your list, get out your calendar, and fill it in!