50 Reasons Why You Might Want a Personal Leadership Plan


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There are things you want that you don’t currently have and things that you have that you don’t currently want.

These things can form the basis for your personal leadership development plan.

The reasons to begin a path of personal leadership development are countless for it is such an individual pursuit.

Self-defined success can take shape out of a purpose, passion, desire for performance or just to create pleasure.

In the end, it’s all up to you.  I took a few minutes to list out some of the most popular ones. Here are 50 Reasons why you might want to create a personal leadership development plan this year:

  1.  You want to learn to live a more authentic life
  2. You want to thrive instead of just survive
  3. You want to have the knowledge you are living YOUR life
  4. You want to lead and teach by being a living example
  5. You want to be able to support and aid larger causes
  6. You want a better capacity to connect with others
  7. You want to leave a legacy
  8. You want to enrich your family and work relationships
  9. You want to create clarity and control over your life
  10. You want to be stronger and more flexible
  11. You want to embrace integrity
  12. You want to learn to trust more
  13. You want more. You want to be more alive, more involved, surer, and calmer.
  14. You want to evolve personally
  15. You want to create your reality through your personal leadership
  16. You want to know your destiny and follow it
  17. You want to lead yourself better so you can lead others
  18. You want to care for yourself better so you can care for others
  19. You want to banish self-doubt
  20. You want to trust your intuition more
  21. You want a tight grasp on what’s stopping you or tripping you up and know what to do about it
  22. You want to judge less and connect more
  23. You want to move your life out of the realm of ordinary and into the realm of extra-ordinary
  24. You want more personal fulfillment
  25. You want to feel emotionally free
  26. You want to learn a system for learning new skills effectively
  27. You want less clutter, chaos, or confusion in your life
  28. You want more freedom to do the things you want to do
  29. You want to pursue a long-held passion
  30. You want to explore your soul’s purpose
  31. You want to become more effective as a personal leader
  32. You want to be in momentum and get more done with less stress
  33. You want to tell the truth more
  34. You want criticism to roll off your back
  35. You want to be fully and powerfully self-expressed
  36. You want to  simplify your life
  37. You want your life to be more meaningful
  38. You want to learn to be a better influencer
  39. You want to be inspired and inspiring
  40. You want to live and lead in a much lighter way
  41. You want to improve your business and personal relationships
  42. You want to be more confident
  43. You want to love more, be more courageous and fearless
  44. You want to be free to choose your emotions, your thoughts, and your behaviours
  45. You want to transform unwanted habits
  46. You want to create your desired future
  47. You want to be adaptable so you can learn easily
  48. You want the extraordinary in life
  49. You want to be better
  50. You want to be the best

Would you like to add to this personal leadership development list?  Send me a message by leaving a comment

7 Simple Ways to Gain Confidence with a Personal Leadership Plan



It’s possible your level of self-confidence has changed over the years.   There may be times – you felt very self-confident.

There may be times as well when you found your confidence waning, especially after a time of being away from your self-leadership skill set.

Here are some distinctions that are often really easy to forget:

1. Self-confidence is not a static destination, instead – it’s a state of being that is both fluid and cumulative.

2. Self-confidence is a mind-body state that requires the congruence between intention, repeating resourceful thoughts and emotional energy.

3. There is a difference between being confident around “doing a skill”, and being a confident person.

Here are some key awarenesses about confidence in action:

You pretty much know when you are having the experience of being confident around a skill-set.  You might even notice yourself standing a little taller and speaking with a stronger, truer voice.

What might be less conscious, is how to go about making  your own confidence grow by building a practice.

Why confidence is important in self-leadership:

There are three key things that you’ll do as a personal leader:

  1. You will influence others based on being a role model of what matters most. If your certainty is greater than their doubt – you will have influence.
  2. You will choose how to respond in any given situation. The more confident you are with your choices and  how you will respond will directly affect your outcome.
  3. You will be taking action. The more confident you are in your actions, behaviors and habits, the more effective you can be.

These are just some of the reasons improving your self-confidence is actually a personal leadership development opportunity.

THERE IS a price for self-confidence, it is to be in action. We earn our confidence by extending ourselves and then accumulate confidence as we go. The more we extend, the more we build.

This is why confidence-building can become a habit or a practice that you can design.

“Confidence building, it’s the practice of being willing to be uncomfortable”

One of the easiest ways  to build your confidence is to include your journey inside a personal leadership development plan because it will be something you’ll do step-by-step.

Here are seven simple ways to immediately improve your self-confidence:

  1. Recognize practicing and gaining mastery, improves self-confidence

The awareness that it’s only realistic to get confident by undertaking a practice of self-mastery is an important one. Getting caught up in the expectation that you’d be masterful at something without practice is both a limited thought and expectation, that in the end, after the probable reality sets in – may actually take away from your level of confidence – rather than add to it.

“Struggle and disappointment are two of the biggest confidence drains out there”

Tip: follow your bliss. When you are passionate about something, it’s a lot easier to stick with the practices that lead you to watch your mastery. Design practices that will bring you closer.

  1. Deal with any stuff that might be in the way, right away

Recognize that there may be fears that might be diminishing your level of self-confidence. You might just be really surprised to find out that a fear about being isolated or a fear of criticism might be big barriers to improving your self-confidence.

Tip: Write out a list of things that might be getting in the way of your self-confidence and think of a few ways you might begin to master your fear.

3. Master your thinking. Think better to feel better

Our thoughts have a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves  when you learn how to control the internal committee of critics and create streams of thought that support you and not weigh you down.

Retrain your brain to serve you. Taming the gremlins and maintaining separation between what is truth and what is just an interpretation of an internal critic, are the first steps to mastering your thinking.

4. Master your emotions. You’ll do better when you feel better

When you have emotional mastery, you can choose how you feel in any given moment. Then you can stop reacting and start responding to things.  When you do this, you’ll struggle less. Begin by making an agreement with yourself that you’ll no longer avoid feeling things fully.

Tip: Begin today by making yourself a promise that you’ll be present to whatever shows up.

5. Master the practice of your skill of choice

Confidence is the by-product of competence. As you improve your competence your confidence will grow.

Tip: Use this simple method to plan out your skill-set learning. Download this free planning form.

6. See the bigger perspective

Seeing the big view of things as you access how confident you are, is one of the best ways to put things into perspective. There is nothing like a good reality check into your true magnificence.

All too often confidence dips can be directly linked to an interpretation and not the full truth of the situation.

7. Be in your best personal presence

Living in the present moment helps to quiet negative self-talk.  Fear just can’t live in the present moment; for when you are present – the illusionary nature of fear can be witnessed.   Personal presence is by far the most resourceful state you can leverage.  It’s from this place you can be your most flexible, creative and knowing self.

Tip: Fastest way to bring yourself present?  Just stop and take 3 slow long breaths.


What has helped you become more self-confident around the things you choose to do?