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Your Personal SWOT Analysis (Part I)

Today and tomorrow, we’ll discuss your personal SWOT analysis. In case you’re not familiar with it, SWOT is an acronym for …

Strengths
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Threats

SWOT analysis has been used for years by companies as part of their strategic planning process. More recently, individuals have seen the value for using it to plan their own lives, as well.

This blog is a follow-up to these prior posts:

Back To The Future: Visualizing The Life You Want (Part 2) 

We asked you, “If neither time nor money was an issue, how would you spend your time and your money? This is all about discovering your passion … your dream.

Live Your Dream With Purpose – Part I

We followed that series of shows up by talking about core values. What’s important to you?

So now we’re ready to go to the next level. Now we’re going to bring back the constraints – time and money. Back to reality!

Today, we’ll tackle the first two parts of SWOT analysis – strengths and weaknesses.

But first, a little tidbit …

Did you know that …
 … part of Albert Einstein’s brain was abnormally large?
… another part of his brain was unusually small?

Which part was larger than normal, you ask? That area used for math and spatial intelligence. You probably could have guessed that, right? Can you guess the part that was quite small? It was the area used for linguistics.

Most children start talking between the ages of one and two. Einstein, who is generally regarded as one of the smartest people ever, didn’t start talking until he was three!

He failed a language exam when he was 16. He was known to be a terrible lecturer. He was not a cunning linguist! So what’s the moral of the story?

Be thankful for your weaknesses because
they may be the source of your strengths!

How do you uncover your strengths? Answer this question:

What do you find easy to do that others find difficult?

If you find that question difficult to answer, you know that answering questions isn’t one of your strengths! Just kidding! Seriously, we often overlook those things that come easy to us. We take them for granted.

Ask your friends and family what they think your strengths are. Tell them you’re looking for an objective opinion to help you understand yourself better. You’ll find their answers quite interesting.

To discover your weaknesses, answer the question in reverse:

What do you find difficult that seems to come easily to others?

Once again, if you’re having difficulty answering this question, ask people you trust for their opinion. Assure them that you truly appreciate their counsel because you’re discovering how to improve yourself.

On the show, Mary-Lynn and George shared their strengths and weaknesses.

Strengths
Mary-Lynn said that “audio production” is something she’s always found easy to do.

George said he’s always been relatively comfortable with “money and finance.”

Weaknesses
Mary-Lynn acknowledged that “numbers” are not her bag. That’s why she pursued a career that tapped her creativity.

George confessed that “orderliness” is his biggest weakness. It’s nice to know that Ben Franklin confessed to the same shortcoming! He said it was the hardest of his thirteen virtues to get right! Read our recent article about that here.

Our Bigg Quote today comes from the author and poet Joyce C. Lock, who simply said:

“Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves.”

Only the strong survive, but if you know your weaknesses, and utilize your strengths, you’ll not only survive … you’ll thrive!

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Next time, we’ll continue on this thread – we’ll talk about the second half of SWOT –

 Opportunities and Threats.

We’ll also discuss how to put all the pieces, including your passion and purpose, together.

In the meantime, Mary-Lynn is off to balance her checkbook. And George is cleaning up his desk! Until next time, here’s to your bigg success!

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Get a Grip to Be a Bigg Success

By Bigg Success Staff
05-22-08

Career Builders

Race car drivers know that their tires need to get a good grip on the track. We also need a good grip – a grip on what’s most important. Then focus on that one thing.

One task at a time
Keep one task in front of you and get it done. Then move on to the next. It’s hard to work efficiently when you’re trying to do more than one thing at a time. Get a grip – focus on the most important task you need to accomplish – and then move on to the next one.

One goal at a time
What’s the next step that leads to the life of your dreams? Focus solely on accomplishing that one thing. If you have too many goals, you won’t achieve any of them. Get a grip – work on getting to the next level – and then move on to your next goal.

One change at a time
Take a clue from crafty old Ben Franklin. He had a list of thirteen virtues that he wanted to make part of his life. He found that he didn’t see much, if any, improvement when he tried to change them all at once. So he decided to focus on only one of them each week. When he started doing this, he saw meaningful progress.

One day at a time

Yesterday is gone forever. Learn from it and move on. You can’t change tomorrow unless you change today. So focus on making the most of today. That’s not that hard. If you focus on the most important things today, you’ll keep moving closer to bigg success!

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Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues

By Bigg Success Staff
12-27-07

Timeless Principles

benjamin_franklin_jpg You may or may not be familiar with this story. Even if you are, it bears repeating. Benjamin Franklin developed a system for living his core values as a young man. He sought moral perfection.

He developed a list of thirteen virtues he wanted to follow. We’ll talk about his thirteen virtues in a minute.

What was more revolutionary (we couldn’t resist!) was how he made sure he lived his core values. He developed a chart [PDF] with the days of the week at the top and the virtues listed in the in the first column. Then he tracked his progress daily!

He learned, from experience, that he couldn’t possibly change thirteen things at once. So each week, he focused on one. After thirteen weeks, he’d covered them all. Then, he realized what a difference living these virtues had made in his life.

So he repeated the process. He continued this for the rest of his life.

In his own words, straight from his autobiography, here are the thirteen virtues that Ben Franklin sought to obtain:

    • Temperence.

Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

    • Silence.

Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

    • Order.

Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

    • Resolution.

Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

    • Frugality.

Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i. e., waste nothing.

    • Industry.

Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

    • Sincerity.

Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

    • Justice.

Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

    • Moderation.

Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

    • Cleanliness.

Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.

    • Tranquility.

Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

    • Chastity.

Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.

    • Humility.

Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Whether you use Ben’s virtues or make up your own goals, he developed a great system for making it much more likely that you get, rather than just set, your goals!

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