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SWOT your way to success

SWOT analysis, a management tool, can effectively be used for personal growth reports Chitra Jha

education Updated: Jan 27, 2011 09:23 IST
Chitra Jha

Know about SWOT analysis? For those not clued in, SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. SWOT analysis is a management tool that can effectively be used for one’s personal growth. Take a sheet of paper and divide it into four quadrants. Label each area as S, W, O, T. Write down the answers to the following questions in the allotted quadrant.

Strengths
.
What skills and capabilities do I possess?
. Which areas do I excel in?
. What are my unique gifts?
. Which personal qualities, values and beliefs help me stand out?

Weaknesses
.
What negative belief-viruses am I carrying?
. What are the gaps in my capabilities?
. What skills do I need to develop?
. Which areas of my life can I improve upon?
. Which personal difficulties do I need to work through to reach my goals?

Opportunities
. Which opportunities are available to me?
. Which circumstances can help me achieve my goals?
. Which people could offer me support?
. Which tools are available to help me grow?
. What steps am I taking to create changes in my life?

Threats
. What obstacles do I currently face?
. Which thoughts can hinder my growth?
. Which fears are holding me back?
. Which people could be a hindrance in my progress?

This analysis will help you highlight the aspects of your growth story that you may not have ever considered. This will provide you with a different perspective on your personality.

Go ahead, review your strengths, and consider ways to address your weaknesses.

The author is a life-skills coach, time-line therapist, and new consciousness writer. Contact: chitrajhaa@ gmail.com