I first came across a SWOT analysis some 35 years ago when I first went into my sales career and the acronym was used during out training and induction, the sales world was full of acronyms, analysis, training and motivational videos, John Cleese used to feature in a lot of them, they were so cheesy, how not to do things in a sales presentation etc.
Why do I mention this today??
I mention it because the acronym SWOT in this situation stood for the following:
S – Strengths
W – Weaknesses
O – Opportunities
T – Threats
We can use these not just in our careers but in our personal lives, in many respects as a way of reviewing where we are, what we want, how we get there and what prevents us.
I recently have done this by way of reviewing what has been happening in my own life, the people who follow my blog will note that I have been absent for a while, some of this relates to issues around some of my former devices locking me out of WordPress and not showing my posts, followers and following etc, probably more to do with me and my lack of understanding and patience around technology than anything else, the main reason though is that the last 18 months have been a real struggle for me, physically, mentally, socially and emotionally, I made some really bad choices in the friendships that I formed and it cost me dearly, the woman I was engaged to left me because she thought that I was having an affair, I relapsed, became involved in some not so pleasant things, nothing illegal but still cause for concern both in terms of my character and integrity, I found myself at odds with myself and felt further and further away from the person that I am and was raised to be.
If you can’t trust yourself and your judgment then how can you realistically expect others to trust you???
So only just recently I found myself back in the land of doubt, fear and anxiety, the land of duty and responsibility, over the last week this has given me both food for thought and also an opportunity to look inwardly and you guessed it I did a SWOT analysis.
This is introspection and is based primarily upon your own perception and understanding of yourself, I’ll share with you my thoughts on me as an example:
Independent although not fearful of asking for help.
I have the ability to communicate at many levels
I am a good listener
I am compassionate
I am empathetic
I am hard working
I am able to use my life experiences to help others
I have Faith in God
I am trustworthy
I am prone to bouts of severely debilitating depression
I can be overly confident and come across as being arrogant
I am stubborn
I bore easily
I engage in risky behaviour patterns
I have a tendency to be my own worst enemy.
I back myself into corners, some would say cut off my nose to spite my face.
I am overly apologetic
I accept responsibility for things that are out of my control, I’m sorry if it rains and want to hang out the washing etc….
I rush into things, work, relationships etc without giving it much thought if indeed any thought.
I was recently broken into so this presented me with a lot of new and exciting opportunities.
Buying some new things, many of the personal items which were stolen were gifts and yes I was sorry to lose them but it enabled me to buy the things that I wanted and for me to put my mark on the property which I live in.
Painting the flat and giving it a makeover.
I live in a privately rented flat and this allowed me to go onto the housing register and move away from where I am now.
It has allowed me to get even closer to my current girlfriend and helped us build upon our relationship
It has allowed me to sever some of my associations which were unhealthy.
It has given me the opportunity to re-evaluate my life and circumstances.
The biggest threat that I see currently is centred around how easy it was for me to fall back into the pattern of drinking and my loss of faith, I have to admit that my belief in God has been tested however I have thought about this and recognised that BAD HINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE.