I’ve been busy with one of my most challenging yet enjoying projects of late – developing two national qualifications for young Entrepreneurs.
We’ve covered a variety of topics, although one which I feel everyone can relate to is Personal Development. Whether this is in business, in your career, or in life in general – if you’re not growing, well, you’re standing still. And you ain’t gonna get anywhere standing still!
Most people will agree that you are most likely to succeed in life if you use your talents to their fullest extent. Similarly, you'll suffer fewer problems if you know what your weaknesses are, and if you manage these weaknesses so that they don't matter in the work you do.
So how you go about identifying these strengths and weaknesses, and analysing the opportunities and threats that flow from them? SWOT Analysis, which is typically used in business, is a useful technique that helps you do this.
What makes SWOT especially powerful is that, with a little thought, it can help you uncover opportunities that you would not otherwise have spotted. And by understanding your weaknesses, you can manage and eliminate threats that might otherwise hurt your ability to move forward.
If you look at yourself using the SWOT framework, you can start to separate yourself from your peers, and further develop the specialized talents and abilities you need to advance your career and help you achieve your personal goals.
Consider this from your own perspective, and from the point of view of the people around you. And don't be modest or shy – be as objective as you can. Knowing and using your strengths can make you happier and more fulfilled at work.
And if you still have any difficulty identifying your strengths, write down a list of your personal characteristics. Some of these will hopefully be strengths!
Again, consider this from a personal/internal perspective and an external perspective. Do other people see weaknesses that you don't see? Do co-workers consistently outperform you in key areas? Be realistic – it's best to face any unpleasant truths as soon as possible.
You might find useful opportunities in the following:
Also, importantly, look at your strengths, and ask yourself whether these open up any opportunities – and look at your weaknesses, and ask yourself whether you could open up opportunities by eliminating those weaknesses.
Performing this analysis will often provide key information – it can point out what needs to be done and put problems into perspective.
If you are committed to working to your full potential, download the FREE document titled “Personal SWOT and Personal Development Plan” and commit to working on this. It shouldn’t be a grudge task – it should be something you enjoy revisiting, whether it’s once a week, a month or once every quarter.
If you require any further advice and direction in uncovering your strengths (to work according to those) and developmental areas (who doesn’t have room to grow?), get in touch with Holistan at 011 201 2142.
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