How to Create a List of Personal Development Goals and Apply the GROW Model

Chris begins by expressing gratitude to his clients who support his work with Inner Wealth, allowing him to offer free podcasts despite the charging trend. He discusses the importance of personal transition and self-worth, emphasizing that growth starts from within. He introduces the GROW model for goal setting and planning transitions, recommending using AI tools like ChatGPT to create personalised growth templates. He shares anecdotes about maintaining focus and celebrating progress at the moment, rather than prematurely, to achieve long-term goals. Lastly, he thanks his supporters for enabling his free content.

The Article

Setting personal development goals is essential for growth and success, especially for entrepreneurs balancing the demands of family life. The GROW (Goal, Reality, Options, Will) model provides a structured approach to achieving these goals. Here’s how to create a list of personal development goals and apply the GROW model to each.

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Step 1: Identify Your Personal Development Goals

Start by identifying key areas in your life where you want to see improvement or achieve specific outcomes. As an entrepreneur with a family, consider both professional and personal aspects. Here are some examples:

  1. Grow Your Business Revenue
  2. Improve Work-Life Balance
  3. Enhance Professional Skills
  4. Spend Quality Time with Family
  5. Prioritize Health and Fitness

Step 2: Apply the GROW Model

Apply the GROW model for each goal to create a detailed personal development plan. Use the Goal-Setting Template: a simple table or chart listing your goals and their respective GROW components. Use this code in chat GPT to create your GROW program:


Prompt: [Describe your personal development goals and challenges].

Using the GROW(Goal, Reality, Options, Will) coaching model, help me create a personal development plan to achieve my goals.


Step 3. Progress Tracker: A calendar or timeline to mark milestones and achievements.

Step 4. Vision Board: Visual representation of your goals and inspirations.

Using these tools lets you stay focused and motivated on your journey towards personal and professional success.

EXAMPLE: Apply the GROW Model: Apply the GROW model for each goal to create a detailed personal development plan

EXAMPLE: Progress Tracker: A calendar or timeline to mark milestones and achievements.

EXAMPLE: Vision Board: Visual representation of your goals and inspirations

Introduction and Gratitude (0:00 – 1:03)

Chris begins by expressing gratitude to his clients and associates who pay for coaching services, thereby supporting his work with Inner Wealth. This financial support allows him to offer podcasts free of charge, despite the prevalent trend of charging for them and selling advertising. As the podcast audience grows across platforms like Apple, Podcaster, and Spotify, Chris emphasises the importance of helping people see themselves differently to improve self-worth and positively impact the planet.

Transition and Self-Understanding (1:04 – 3:52)

Chris discusses the universal nature of personal transition, noting that some people are blocked from understanding themselves due to rigid mindsets. These individuals often seek growth and improvement by changing others, without realising that true growth starts from within. Chris highlights the significance of aligning emotions with self-treatment, stating that the Inner Wealth work and the laws of nature emphasise self-awareness and internal growth. He also introduces the concept of planning transitions, especially as the financial year ends, encouraging listeners to rethink their goals and achievements.

The GROW Model (3:53 – 6:20)

Chris introduces the GROW model as a structured approach to goal setting and personal development. He shares that he has used ChatGPT to generate examples and create a GROW template, which is available on his blog. The model encourages individuals to plan their transitions deliberately, ensuring they remain on track towards their goals. He stresses the importance of being thankful for one’s current achievements and aligning rewards with motivations to maintain progress and self-worth.

Practical Application of the GROW Model (6:22 – 9:00)

Chris provides a practical example of using the GROW model to set personal development goals such as growing a business, improving work-life balance, enhancing professional skills, spending quality time with family, and prioritising health and fitness. He highlights the importance of tracking progress, using tools like calendars and vision boards to stay focused on the steps needed to achieve these goals. Chris emphasises that the GROW model helps draw a clear path from the present to the desired future, ensuring that missed steps are identified and addressed.

Self-Worth and Discipline (9:02 – 9:53)

Chris explains that adhering to the GROW model and achieving set goals is affirming for self-worth. He advises against seeking sympathy for unmet goals if the necessary work and discipline outlined in the GROW model are not followed. He suggests that the end of the financial year is an ideal time for goal setting, as it serves as a personal announcement and a commitment to self-improvement.

The Importance of Keeping Goals Private (9:54 – 11:37)

Chris warns that sharing goals with others can diminish the likelihood of achieving them. He explains that the euphoria and adrenaline from imagining success should be reserved for actual achievement. Sharing goals prematurely can deplete the motivation needed to overcome challenging moments during the journey. Chris shares a personal anecdote about maintaining focus during a difficult bike training session to illustrate the importance of staying present and motivated.

Staying Present and Enjoying the Journey (12:03 – 14:36)

Chris highlights the importance of staying present and enjoying the journey towards achieving goals. He shares another anecdote about a tough training session and how he refocused on the immediate experience rather than the end reward. By being in the moment and appreciating small achievements along the way, one can maintain motivation and progress. Chris relates this to his experiences in the Himalayas, where staying present and celebrating each step helps in reaching the summit. He concludes by encouraging listeners to use the GROW model for goal setting and thanking his supporters for enabling his free content.

HOW TO CREATE THE G.R.O.W model Use a Real time example:

Example Goal 1: Grow Your Business Revenue

Achieve $1,500,000 in annual revenue.


  • Current revenue is $1,250,000.
  • Marketing efforts are inconsistent.
  • Limited brand visibility.


  • Develop a comprehensive marketing plan.
  • Invest in SEO and content marketing.
  • Network with other entrepreneurs for partnerships.
  • Offer new products or services.


  • Create and implement a marketing plan within three months.
  • Allocate the budget for SEO and content marketing starting next month.
  • Schedule bi-weekly networking events.
  • Launch new products/services in the next six months.

Example Goal 2: Improve Work-Life Balance

Spend more quality time with family while maintaining business productivity.


  • Currently working 60+ hours per week.
  • Limited time for family activities.
  • High stress levels impact personal life.


  • Delegate more tasks to your team.
  • Implement time management techniques.
  • Schedule family activities and stick to them.
  • Set boundaries for work hours.


  • Identify tasks to delegate within the next two weeks.
  • Adopt a time management system (e.g., Pomodoro Technique) immediately.
  • Plan and schedule weekly family activities.
  • Set and enforce work hour boundaries starting next week.

Example Goal 3: Enhance Professional Skills

Acquire new skills relevant to your industry.


  • Limited time for professional development.
  • Uncertain which skills will be most beneficial.
  • Budget constraints for training and courses.


  • Research and identify key skills needed in your industry.
  • Take advantage of free or low-cost online courses.
  • Attend industry conferences and workshops.
  • Schedule regular time for learning and development.


  • Complete research and identify key skills within a month.
  • Enroll in at least one online course within the next two weeks.
  • Plan to attend two industry conferences this year.
  • Dedicate one hour per week to learning and development.

Example Goal 4: Spend Quality Time with Family

Have dedicated family time every weekend.


  • Work often spills over into weekends.
  • Lack of planned activities.
  • Difficulty disconnecting from work.


  • Plan weekend activities in advance.
  • Set strict no-work boundaries during family time.
  • Communicate your plans with your family to build excitement and commitment.


  • Plan and schedule weekend activities at the beginning of each week.
  • Turn off work devices during family time.
  • Involve family in planning to ensure everyone looks forward to the activities.

Example Goal 5: Prioritize Health and Fitness

Exercise at least three times a week and maintain a healthy diet.


  • Busy schedule makes it hard to find time for exercise.
  • Inconsistent eating habits due to work demands.
  • Lack of motivation for regular workouts.


  • Schedule workouts like any other important meeting.
  • Plan and prep meals in advance.
  • Find a workout buddy or join a fitness class for motivation.


  • Set specific workout times each week and stick to them.
  • Prep meals every Sunday for the week ahead.
  • Join a local gym or fitness class this month.


Creating personal development goals and applying the GROW model ensures you have a clear, actionable plan to achieve them. By setting specific goals, understanding your current reality, exploring your options, and committing to action, you can effectively balance entrepreneurship and family life.

Use this structured approach to make meaningful progress in your personal and professional life. For a visual aid, use graphic illustrations or templates to map out your GROW plans and keep them visible as a constant reminder of your commitment to growth.

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