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Achieving Your Goals Part 2: Where To Start. Knowing Your Strengths

December 13, 2010

****This is an 8 part series about goals setting, developing goals, and how to achieve them that I will post every Monday in December and most of January. Click here to read part 1.

A person who knows what their strengths and weakness are more likely to succeed life in comparison to a person who doesn’t. Sounds logical doesn’t it? So how do you identify these areas? One way is to create a SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat) Analysis.

So what is a SWOT Analysis? It is a tool used by companies to identify internal and eternal factors. It can help an organization or a person identify where their strong points are and where their weaknesses are at so that it can be turned in their advantage. This is a great tool for personal growth because it can help identify areas of opportunity that someone may not of recognized before or eliminate threats that would hurt you from moving forward to accomplish a goal. Creating a SWOT Analysis is great for job advancement, achieving a goal and creating self-awareness among other things.

In order to create a SWOT Analysis grab a pen and paper. Divide the paper into two boxes and label one box with Strength and the other with Weakness. We will work on opportunity and threat in a later post. Next answer these questions: (Remember not to be modest. No one will see this but you, but be realistic with yourself about your abilities).

Strengths: This is the attributes that you have that will set you apart or help you reach your goal.

Start by thinking about what words would you or someone you know use to describe you. Are you passionate, a good listener, a self-start, have great analytical skills? Add all of the positive ones here.

Now ask yourself:

  • What do I do better than anyone else?
  • What strengths do my co-workers or friends think I have?
  • Which of my achievements are you most proud of?

Weaknesses: These are any personal attributes that will be harmful to achieving your goal.

Now take all of the negative attributes from that list of words I asked you to come up with above and add them here. Do you have a tendency to keep to yourself, are you pessimistic, do you need work on communication? This can be one of the most difficult areas to fill out, but keep in mind if one of the weakness that you add here directly relate to achieving your goal it is better for you in the long term to identify it now and take the steps to improve.

Now ask yourself:

  • What things or tasks do I avoid because I don’t feel confident doing?
  • What do my friends or co-workers see as a weakness?
  • What are my negative work habits?
  • What am I afraid or (ex public speaking or trying new things)?

It is important to remember that we don’t succeed in life because of our weaknesses. We excel due to our strengths. By leveraging your strengths to our fullest you can accomplish your goals.

Take a look at your list. Do you see any weaknesses that you want to eliminate? Try not to focus on turning them all into strengths or eliminating them. It can turn out to be a waste of time. How about your strengths? Any that you could use to accomplish goals or something that you could turn into a goal?

Did you find out anything about yourself from doing this? Were there any surprises?

Read Part 3

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 13, 2010 9:44 am

    So much good stuff to comment about! Setting goals and moving forward is something I struggle with. Thanks for posting this!

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