Committing to personal development is the first step on the path to personal fulfillment. True fulfillment can never come from chasing someone else's dreams. Personal development starts with self-awareness. You've got to know who you are, your values, beliefs, and passions. One of the best tools I have discovered for personal development is something that big organizations use for strategic planning called a SWOT analysis.
Organizations use a SWOT analysis to identify internal strengths and weaknesses and external opportunities and threats. The analysis provides critical information needed to create a strategic plan for growth.
This analysis can be adapted and used, or individuals. A personal SWOT analysis can help you achieve your goals. It's a creative method of self-assessment to help you assess where you are and where you want to go.
In a personal SWOT analysis, the same questions and analysis are used and applied to your own life to allow you to understand your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats you face to achieve your goals.
Here is how you conduct a SWOT analysis on yourself.
Set aside some time to do the SWOT. Make sure you are ready to provide honest answers to yourself. Look internally. Reflect. Don't do this from a judgmental place. You are in a position of self-discovery. You are gathering data so you can be intentional about making a plan on what you need to do to get from where you are to where you want to be. Don't start beating yourself up.
Dig deep and identify what your contributions are. The analysis entails finding out what you are good at and what you are terrible at. SWOT is a tool for you. After you learn all the necessary details about yourself, you can make an effort to make positive changes which will lead to new opportunities. In a nutshell, SWOT analysis provides a better picture of all the pros and cons you have.
Step 1: Create a table and divide it into four sections.
Step 2: For each element, ask yourself some questions. Here are some to help you.
Strengths: What am I good at?
Weaknesses: How can I improve? What do I need to work on?
Opportunities: Who/What can help me?
Threats: What is standing in the way?
A threat could also be YOU. It could be fear, self-doubt, a lack of time. Be honest with yourself.
Your Strengths and Opportunities help to identify career goals. Your Weaknesses and the Threats tell you what to plan for to ensure that your goals remain attainable.
Once you have completed your Personal SWOT Analysis, set out on your journey!
Be intentional and take purposeful steps to make your weaknesses your strengths. Make an action plan to minimize threats. What are you going to do when fear starts to show up? Have a plan for dealing with it. Seize every opportunity. And use your strengths to guide you forward.
Do you need help with your personal SWOT analysis? I would love to help you. Send me a message at donalisa@evolutionucoaching to set up your call.