In today’s fast-paced nutty world, personal growth is an important part of unlocking your full potential.

While it can be something that evolves over time (organically, you might say), creating and working on a personal growth plan that is well-defined can warp-speed your journey of self-awareness, self-improvement, and fulfillment. 

So really…what are the benefits of creating and working on yourself? 

Words like “meaningful and successful life” sound great, but what is it really?

Clarity and direction 

These are my top choices for creating specific goals and objectives because you create your own roadmap and actions. 

The clarity of your direction is how you learn to focus your energy, your time, and your resources on actions and activities that align with your goals and aspirations. 

It helps you from getting lost or distracted by everyday life. 

Next…be continuous in learning. 

Don’t know how to do something? 

Need areas of improvement? 

Develop strategies to enhance your skills and abilities. 

  • Read books, blog posts, and article
  • Watch tutorial, online workshops, and even movies
  • Take classes…online and in your local community
  • Work with a mentor 
  • Ask questions 

It helps you expand your horizons, gives you knowledge, and increases your value and potential.

Reflection and self-awareness

Introspection isn’t always easy, but by looking inward with honestly and without judgment, you can identify your strengths and weaknesses, beliefs and values, and thereby create a deeper understanding of yourself. 

There may even be some areas you find are holding you back and are ripe for you to make positive changes. 

Regularly checking in with yourself helps you stay on track and stay in tune with your goals and also fosters greater pleasure and self-awareness. 

Motivation and accountability 

Boy, are those some monstrously big words. 

But having a big, bold (even a little scary) plan is incredibly motivating. 

Setting goals, tracking progress, and adjusting where needed provides an enormous sense of accomplishment. 

And it may be worth sharing your plans, wins, and losses with a partner to help you stay accountable. 

Having your cheerleaders provide support and guidance and share the wins helps you stay accountable to your plans and aspirations. 


Let’s face it. 

What I’ve written so far is pretty pie-in-the-sky. 

It’s lovely to wear rose-colored glasses and think everything will go off without a hitch. 

Then life intrudes and the reality is, this is NOT easy work. 

And sometimes your work doesn’t yield the results you expect. 

But setbacks and delays, if managed and prepared for, are just opportunities to learn and let go of what wasn’t working. 

Change isn’t bad. 

It’s not easy, but it does help you become better-equipped to recognize new opportunities and move on!

And finally…


As you work on yourself and your goals, there will be a huge sense of self-satisfaction. 

Honestly, you’ve earned every ounce of pride in that fact. 

By-products of the process include self-esteem, self-reliance, self-confidence and a more positive outlook.

Isn’t that worth the work?

Karen Steuer