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If you want to be a leader in business or in any aspect of your life, you need to embrace personal development. However, this is often easier said than done. The information out there can be overwhelming and you might not know where to start or how to stick with it. If you need help with that next step, here are several ways to take charge of your personal development this year:

 

Outcomes

 

It’s impossible to know how to attack your personal development if you don’t know what you want. You can’t hit a target you don’t set, so set solid targets for yourself for the next 12 months. Every decision you make from here on out will be an extension of those goals, helping you clarify hard decisions such as resources to pick or which skill to learn.

 

Purpose

 

Great goals are the first step to your personal development, but they aren’t always enough. You need to attach strong reasons to those goals in order for them to be more effective. Really dig deep and ask yourself why you want the things you do.

 

Actions

 

Consistent action is the key to victory in your personal development. If you find yourself falling short of reaching your goals, then it’s time to take more action. However, make sure it is the right kind of action. One hint to help you is how other are taking action:

 

Mentors

 

The most successful leaders have a mentor for guidance. Models, or mentors, are the people you can look to for tips on how to take action. If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, for instance, then seek out entrepreneurs who have made a name in the industry and take their advice. By modeling people who have been where you want to go, you can save yourself a lot of time on your journey. Resist the urge to read any and every piece of material you can find: limit yourself to people who’ve walked the walk.

 

Personal development is the key to any successful person. It is the act of constant and never-ending improvement. If you can stick with it, over the months and years that come you will be much farther along than ever before. So don’t put off your big life goals any longer. Leverage the strategies above to make sure you develop at the rate you want to this year and beyond.