“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Journey to your desired destination starts from knowing yourself, strength and weaknesses and all. Knowing yourself can help you understand who you are and what you can become. We are all unique and possess unique abilities. No two people are the same. But we all have the ability to become our truest self. In today’s fast paced world, so much information is being tossed from all corners of the world. So many self help books published, so many self proclaimed Spiritual Gurus emerge every day, every day a new fad is born and often we get carried away with it all but what we forget is, although, all these research backed booked and ancient scriptures maybe full of wisdom, it does not necessarily apply to us.
Only when we are sure of who we are, what are our values and what makes us unique, can we then embark upon a journey to a richer life.
To start a self assessment, use a tool called SWOT analysis. S is for strength, W for weakness, O for opportunity and T is for threat. This unique and effective tool was designed by Albert Humphrey. All you need is a worksheet and a clear mind.
Go in the order of S-W-O-T. Start with noting down all strengths, since SWOT in comparative tool, you don’t have assess the degree of your trait but how much of an advantage it is to you over anyone else. Ask yourself, what qualities do you possess over others; what do you do better than others; your achievements, the resources you possess that are advantageous to you etc. Or just simply make a list of all your characteristics and sieve through your stronger ones for strengths.
Next come W, weaknesses. Note down all the things that you are not so confident about. Things that hinder you while you trying to achieve something. For instance personality trait, negative habits, lack of a diploma etc.
Then comes O, opportunity, think of all the opportunities you have that can be taken advantage of to surpass competition. For instance, any talent, network of professionals, work experience inheritance etc.
Last comes T, threats, these are different from weaknesses in the sense that they come from outside, like a lousy boss or competing colleagues. They can’t be manipulates whereas weaknesses can be easily controlled.
So now that we know what S-W-O-T stands for, go ahead and get a worksheet and write down your SWOTs and analyze the results. When you know your advantages and disadvantages, it’s easy to plan your projects in life. Not only better planning and strategizing is facilitated, you face less disappointment also because you only put your hand on the projects where there is a better chance of success.
You can do different SWOT for different aspects of your life, like one each for professional, personal, social etc.
You can take this one step further by signing up on www.laywi.com. Laywi has pre-defined templates to do a SWOT analysis on; they cover all the basic values. But at the same time, you can create your own template and evaluate them. Laywi.com stores your results for as long as you want, in a SWOT box and with an addition of a habit box on top. And you can reevaluate anytime you would like to.
Another priceless feature is one can directly link a trait on SWOT to the project management segment of the website. So not only are you getting to know your characteristics, you are also creating projects to gain your ideal state.
It’s accessible, free, secure and very convenient. Life as you want it is a click away.