It's one thing to create a personal development plan; if you search on Google you'll find no shortage of articles and other resources purporting to help you create such a plan.

It's quite another thing to create an effective personal development plan, one that helps you reach your goals and become the person you want to be.

The following tips will help you create a plan that will actually do what you need it to do.

1. Know why you're creating a personal development plan. Ideally it should be to help you commit to making deep life changes and to create the momentum to move forward with your commitment.

2. Be serious about your plan. Don't bother making a plan if you're not really interested in making the changes; don't do it because you think you should or because it's trendy.

3. Take the time to do it well. A personal development plan can help you change your life, but it won't change your life for you. If you make a good plan that means something to you, it can help you create amazing results. But if you don't make a great plan, you won't get much out of it. Do it well.

4. Revise your plan. Revise it after you create it, until it feels exactly right, and then keep revising it as time goes on whenever it no longer seems to fit your needs. Don't stick it in a drawer and forget about it.

5. Spend time with your plan. Again, don't stick it in a drawer and leave it there; work with it and live with it and use it. Make it a part of your life the way your daily schedule is. Do what you've planned.

6. Narrow your personal development plan. Focus on one life area at a time, rather than trying to do everything. Just do one thing. Just focus on, say, your relationships, and put your effort into improving that area. Then focus on your personal life. Or any area that you want to focus on, but one at a time.

7. Fit it to your needs. Remember that this is your personal development plan, so make it fit your life. Do not try to adjust your life to fit a template plan that doesn't work for you. That is the worst thing you can do. You need to be comfortable with your plan, and that means molding it to your own life.

Author's Bio: 

Angie Dixon is now a successful author and coach, but once struggled to get through the day. Suffering from mental illness, Angie set out to discover how to live after spending a total of a month on the psych ward and finally finding effective medication for her physical illness. In the years since, she has mastered procrastination and learned to live her real life. She is the author of Procrastinate Later, The Leonardo Trait: Create the Life You Were Born to Live, Your Heart's Work, and too many other books and programs to mention here.