Becoming successful is dependent on how well you know yourself. Especially when it comes to your talents, strengths and weaknesses. When you understand your talents and strengths, you can use them to their fullest extent. When you understand your weaknesses, you will know what you need to work on. Ensuring consistent growth and improvement. Here’s how to discover your strengths and weaknesses using a simple SWOT analysis.
What is a SWOT Analysis?
A SWOT analysis allows you to delve deeper into your unique Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. It’s easy to do – just answer a few questions.
How it’s Done
‘What do I do better than anybody else?’. This is the first question you should ask.
If in doubt about what you do best, ask someone close to you what they view as your biggest strengths. Asking another student, a colleague or your boss is a good idea. This will give you some perspective into your strengths within the workplace. You should also ask yourself what personal and unique resources you are able to draw on. In other words, what skills do you have?
Most of us will be a lot quicker to answer questions about our weaknesses. Recognising our weaknesses always seems easier than knowing our strengths. This is because we tend to focus more on the things that we struggle with, instead of celebrating the things that we do well. But this needs to stop! It is, of course, important to be aware of the areas that we need to work on. But it is also essential to understand and embrace our strengths. This enables us to build our confidence and grow.
Uncover your weaknesses by asking yourself “What can I improve on?” and “what are others likely to see as my weaknesses?”. If you have a thick enough skin, you could also ask this question to a friend, family member or colleague.
Discover opportunities by asking yourself what opportunities are currently open to you. What current trends you could be taking advantage of. Ask yourself how your personal strengths could help create opportunities in the future.
What are the obstacles standing in the way of you making the most of an opportunity. Stopping you from putting your strengths into practice? What are the threats that your weaknesses may expose you to? And what are others in your field currently doing that could pose a threat to your own success?
See? Easy-peasy! Don’t forget to display your SWOT analysis somewhere where you can always refer to it. Here’s to success, self-improvement and making the most of what you’ve got!