Self Analysis Test Questions

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The following Self analysis Test questions are taken from the book ” Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. He instructs us to read the questions and state you answers aloud so that you can hear your own voice.


SELF ANALYSIS TEST QUESTIONS


Do you complain often of “feeling bad,” and if so, what is the cause?

Do you find fault with other people at the slightest provocation?

Do you frequently make mistakes in your work, and if so, why?

Are you sarcastic and offensive in your conversation?

Do you deliberately avoid the association of anyone, and if so, why?

Do you suffer frequently with indigestion? If so, what is the cause?

Does life seem futile and the future hopeless to you? If so, why?

Do you like your occupation? If not, why?

Do you often feel self-pity, and if so why?

Are you envious of those who excel you?

To which do you devote most time, thinking of SUCCESS, or of FAILURE?

Are you gaining or losing self-confidence as you grow older?

Do you learn something of value from all mistakes?

Are you permitting some relative or acquaintance to worry you? If so, why?

Are you sometimes “in the clouds” and at other times in the depths of despondency?

Who has the most inspiring influence upon you? What is the cause?

Do you tolerate negative or discouraging influences which you can avoid?

Are you careless of your personal appearance? If so, when and why?

Have you learned how to “drown your troubles” by being too busy to be annoyed by them?

Would you call yourself a “spineless weakling” if you permitted others to do your thinking for you?

Do you neglect internal bathing until auto-intoxication makes you ill-tempered and irritable?

How many preventable disturbances annoy you, and why do you tolerate them?

Do you resort to liquor, narcotics, or cigarettes to “quiet your nerves”? If so, why do you not try will-power instead?

Does anyone “nag” you, and if so, for what reason?

Do you have a DEFINITE MAJOR PURPOSE, and if so, what is it, and what plan have you for achieving it?

Do you suffer from any of the Six Basic Fears? If so, which ones?

Have you a method by which you can shield yourself against the negative influence of others?

Do you make deliberate use of auto-suggestion to make your mind positive?

Which do you value most, your material possessions, or your privilege of controlling your own thoughts?

Are you easily influenced by others, against your own judgment?

Has today added anything of value to your stock of knowledge or state of mind?

Do you face squarely the circumstances which make you unhappy, or sidestep the responsibility?

Do you analyze all mistakes and failures and try to profit by them or, do you take the attitude that this is not your duty?

Can you name three of your most damaging weaknesses?

What are you doing to correct them?

Do  you encourage other people to bring their worries to you for sympathy?

Do you choose, from your daily experiences, lessons or influences which aid in your personal advancement?

Does your presence have a negative influence on other people as a rule?

What habits of other people annoy you most?

Do you form your own opinions or permit yourself to be influenced by other people?

Have you learned how to create a mental state of mind with which you can shield yourself against all discouraging influences?

Does your occupation inspire you with faith and hope?

Are you conscious of possessing spiritual forces of sufficient power to enable you to keep your mind free from all forms of FEAR?

Does your religion help you to keep your own mind positive?

Do you feel it your duty to share other people’s worries? If so, why?

If you believe that “birds of a feather flock together” what have you learned about yourself by studying the friends whom you attract?

What connection, if any, do you see between the  people with whom you associate most closely, and any unhappiness you may experience?

Could it be possible that some person whom you consider to be a friend is, in reality, your worst enemy, because of his negative influence on your mind?

By what rules do you judge who is helpful and who is damaging to you?

Are your intimate associates mentally superior or inferior to you?

How much time out of every 24 hours do you devote to:

a. your occupation

b. sleep

c. play and relaxation

d. acquiring useful knowledge

e. plain waste

Who among your acquaintances,

a. encourages you most

b. cautions you most

c. discourages you most

d. helps you most in other ways

What is your greatest worry? Why do you tolerate it?

When others offer you free, unsolicited advice, do you accept it without question, or analyze their motive?

What, above all else, do you most DESIRE? Do you intend to acquire it?

Are you willing to subordinate all other desires for this one?

How much time daily do you devote to acquiring it?

Do you change your mind often? If so, why?

Do you usually finish everything you begin?

Are you easily impressed by other people’s business or professional titles, college degrees, or wealth?

Are you easily influenced by what other people think or say of you?

Do  you cater to people because of their social or financial status?

Whom do you believe to be the greatest person living?

In what respect is this person superior to yourself?

How much time have you devoted to studying and answering these questions? (At least one day is necessary for the analysis and the answering of the entire list.)

Affirmations For Communication

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Efficient communication is key therefore, affirmations for communication will help you learn how to get your point across in a clear manner and get back the intended response


I am a brilliant communicator

I mean what I say and I say what I mean

I speak with ease and power

I create win win situations when negotiating

I listen to understand

I am assertive when communicating

I am very influential

I am audacious and articulate

I can lead conversations

I inspire other with my words

I know how to get my point across

My voice is melodious and captivating

I speak with power and confidence

I maintain and develop my vocal chords

I smile when I speak to people

Affirmations For Public Speaking

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Affirmations for public speaking are great for overcoming your fears of or improving your skills in public speaking. Results from a survey showed that the fear of public speaking is very common so use these affirmations to develop confidence to speak in public.


I am a confident public speaker

I love speaking in front of an audience

Speaking in public gives me power

I easily speak to new people

I am bold and confident when approaching people

I am fearless when speaking to large crowds

I always speak calmly and easily

I smile and make eye contact when speaking in public

Others admire my ability to speak in public

I speak with authority and power

I radiate confidence when I speak

I always prepare and practice before I speak in public

I am a captivating and motivational speaker

I am audacious and fluent when I speak

I take charge of the stage when I speak

21 Secrets of Self Made millionaires by Brian Tracy

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Brian Tracy is one of the world’s top professional speakers and has delivered more than 5,000 talks and seminars.

He is a self made millionaire and is the chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individual and organization.

In his book ” 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaire” he teaches you how to achieve financial independence faster and easier than you ever thought possible.  You will learn the secrets of millionaires and use them to work for you too.


Below is the list of the 21 secrets. Hope you are inspired and motivated to make them an everyday practice.

21 Secrets of Self Made Millionaires


Dream Big Dreams

Develop a Clear Sense of Direction

See Yourself as Self-Employed

Do what You Love to do

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Commit to Excellence

Work Longer and Harder

Dedicate Yourself to Lifelong Learning

Pay Yourself First

Learn Every Detail of Your Business

Dedicate Yourself to Serving Others

Be Absolutely Honest with Yourself and Others

Determine Your Highest Priorities and Concentrate on Them Single-Mindedly

Develop a Reputation for Speed and Dependability

Prepare to Climb from Peak to Peak

Practice Self-Discipline in all Things

Unlock Your Inborn Creativity

Get around the Right People

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21 Secrets of Self Made millionaire by Brian Tracy

Take Excellent Care of Your Physical Health

Be Decisive and Action Oriented

Never Allow Failure to be an Option

Pass the “Persistence Test”

Being Assertive: Developing Positivity

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The word “Assertive ” derives from the word “assert:” which means to declare by words or measures.


It comes from the Latin assertus, past participle of asserere/adserere “to claim, lay claim to, appropriate,”.

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Below are other definitions of assertive.

1. Having or showing a confident and forceful personality.

2. It is the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive

3. Behaving confidently and being able to say in a direct way what you want or believe

4. Disposed to or characterized by bold or confident statements and behavior


To be assertive is to find a balance between being passive and being aggressive. An assertive person know how to express their thoughts and opinions and get what they want without stepping on the rights of others.

Passiveness


To be passive isto accept or allow what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance“: you will never stand up for your rights. when you are passive you tend not to believe in yourself or abilities: Which in most cases is lack of Self-confidence.

Characteristics of passiveness

Saying YES
When you are passive, you tend to say yes to requests from other people regardless of whether the request is fair or not. This is most likely because you want to please others or you afraid of saying no.

Fearfulness
A passive attitude makes you afraid of stating how you feel. This is due to the fact that you don’t want to anger or offend others. The fear makes you feel like you do not have right to express your thoughts or opinions. This results in fear of authoritative figures, criticism by others, fear of returning damaged goods, fear of chasing your dreams among others.

Frequent apologizing
When a passive individual speaks or expresses their opinions, they tend to apologize due to the fact that they do not think their thought are valuable. This in return causes others to devalue their opinions

Aggressiveness


On the other hand to be aggressive is “to act or behave in a forceful way.” By using aggression you disregard the right and opinions of others. You will come across as pushy or a bully. People with this character often take things without asking: I call this negative aggressiveness.

On the other hand, being positively aggressive makes you:

Act with confidence

Take on huge responsibilities

Accomplish objectives

Achieve your goals

Get people to take action


If you can be aggressive while respecting the thoughts, rights and opinions of others: then I would term that character as “assertive aggressiveness”.


  • My assertiveness enriches my relationships
  • I am bold when being assertive
  • I feel comfortable with the decisions I make
  • I dont fell guilty when I say no
  • My feelings of self esteem are strong
  • My feelings of self worth are strong
  • I have high self confidence
  • I realize I have the right to change my mind

Benefits Of Being Assertive


Being assertive helps you to become self confident and this in return helps you to express yourself and be positively driven on a day to day basis. Other benefits include:

Increase in self esteem

Greater respect for yourself and others

Understanding your rights and asserting them

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Better decision making skills

Develop the skills to compliment and give feedback

Ability to find common grounds

You gain respect from others

Understand and recognize your feelings

Improved communication

Creating honest relationships

Create win win situations

Managing your friends and colleagues effectively

Increase in productive and effective work

Developing a proactive behavior to manage aggressive and passive behaviors in others

How To Become Assertive


Decide to become assertive. Make the decision to become assertive and start practicing by yourself, in a mirror, with a trusted one or visualizing how you will respond.

Know and value yourself. In order to develop assertiveness you must first know yourself; Understand your communication style, know your values, know your rights, assess your behavior.

Express yourself with confidence. speak out your thoughts, opinions and wants with confidence, after knowing what you want take the initiative and set goals to achieve your desires.

Say NO When necessary. Say no when you know you cannot perform or carry through the request or task you have been asked to do. If you find it difficult think of the consequences of saying yes: in most cases saying yes will result in stress and anger. The best practice is to be brief, clear and honest as to why you said no

Be Polite but firm. Do not raise your voice or use abusive language: speak with respect and mean what you say. If you go back on your word, chances are you will not be taken serious so be firm and stand your ground.

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Stay Calm and relaxed. Have respect for others while you speak with them; breathe normally and deeply, look the person in the eye and speak with your normal voice.

Be clear and to the point. Say what you mean and mean what you want to say: Be clear and go straight to the point, avoid long unnecessary explanations

Use “I” statements. When speaking stick to statement that include “I”. E.g I think , I will, I feel. Using these statements affirms that you are willing to take responsibility for your actions.

Listen actively. Listen to understand instead of listening to reply; try and understand the other person’s point of view without interrupting them but giving them your full attention.

Use assertive body language. Communication is verbal and non-verbal so do remember to match you body posture with your assertive communication; sit uprightly, maintain regular eye contact, uncross your arms and legs, keep your voice calm, maintain a neutral facial expression and act confident.

The Science of Getting Rich: Chapter 2

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THERE is a Science of getting rich, and it is an exact science, like algebra or arithmetic. There are certain laws that govern the process of acquiring riches; once these laws are learned and obeyed by any man, he will get rich with mathematical certainty.

Cause and Effect

The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain way; those who do things in this Certain Way, whether on purpose or accidentally, get rich; while those who do not do things in this Certain Way, no matter how hard they work or how able they are, remain poor.

It is a natural law that like causes always produce like effects; and, therefore, any man or woman who learns to do things in this certain way will infallibly get rich. That the above statement is true is shown by the following facts:

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Matter of Environment

Getting rich is not a matter of environment, for, if it were, all the people in certain neighborhoods would become wealthy; the people of one city would all be rich, while those of other towns would all be poor; or the inhabitants of one state would roll in wealth, while those of an adjoining state would be in poverty.

But everywhere we see rich and poor living side-by-side, in the same environment, and often engaged in the same vocations.

When two men are in the same locality, and in the same business, and one gets rich while the other remains poor, it shows that getting rich is not, primarily, a matter of environment.

Some environments may be more favorable than others, but when two men in the same business are in the same neighborhood, and one gets rich while the other fails, it indicates that getting rich is the result of doing things in a Certain Way.

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Talents and Abilities

And further, the ability to do things in this certain way is not due solely to the possession of talent, for many people who have great talent remain poor, while other who have very little talent get rich.

Studying the people who have got rich, we find that they are an average lot in all respects, having no greater talents and abilities than other men.

It is evident that they do not get rich because they possess talents and abilities that other men have not, but because they happen to do things in a Certain Way.

Saving or Thrift

Getting rich is not the result of saving, or “thrift”; many very penurious people are poor, while free spenders often get rich.

Nor is getting rich due to doing things which others fail to do; for two men in the same business often do almost exactly the same things, and one gets rich while the other remains poor or becomes bankrupt.

Like Cause Produce Like Effects

From all these things, we must come to the conclusion that getting rich is the result of doing things in a Certain Way.

If getting rich is the result of doing things in a Certain Way, and if like causes always produce like effects, then any man or woman who can do things in that way can become rich, and the whole matter is brought within the domain of exact science.

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The question arises here, whether this Certain Way may not be so difficult that only a few may follow it.

This cannot be true, as we have seen, so far as natural ability is concerned. Talented people get rich, and blockheads get rich; intellectually brilliant people get rich, and very stupid people get rich; physically strong people get rich, and weak and sickly people get rich.

Ability to Think

Some degree of ability to think and understand is, of course, essential; but in so far natural ability is concerned, any man or woman who has sense enough to read and understand these words can certainly get rich.

Also, we have seen that it is not a matter of environment. Location counts for something; one would not go to the heart of the Sahara and expect to do successful business.

Getting rich involves the necessity of dealing with men, and of being where there are people to deal with; and if these people are inclined to deal in the way you want to deal, so much the better. But that is about as far as environment goes.

Which Business?

If anybody else in your town can get rich, so can you; and if anybody else in your state can get rich, so can you. Again, it is not a matter of choosing some particular business or profession. People get rich in every business, and in every profession; while their next door neighbors in the same vocation remain in poverty.

It is true that you will do best in a business that you like, and which is congenial to you; and if you have certain talents that are well developed, you will do best in a business that calls for the exercise of those talents.

Also, you will do best in a business, which is suited to your locality; an ice-cream parlor would do better in a warm climate than in Greenland, and a salmon fishery will succeed better in the Northwest than in Florida, where there are no salmon.

But, aside from these general limitations, getting rich is not dependent upon your engaging in some particular business, but upon your learning to do things in a Certain Way.

If you are now in business, and anybody else in your locality is getting rich in the same business, while you are not getting rich, it is because you are not doing things in the same Way that the other person is doing them.

Capital

No one is prevented from getting rich by lack of capital. True, as you get capital the increase becomes more easy and rapid; but one who has capital is already rich, and does not need to consider how to become so.

No matter how poor you may be, if you begin to do things in the Certain Way you will begin to get rich; and you will begin to have capital. The getting of capital is a part of the process of getting rich; and it is a part of the result that invariably follows the doing of things in the Certain Way.

You may be the poorest man on the continent, and be deeply in debt; you may have neither friends, influence, nor resources; but if you begin to do things in this way, you must infallibly begin to get rich, for like causes must produce like effects.

If you have no capital, you can get capital; if you are in the wrong business, you can get into the right business; if you are in the wrong location, you can go to the right location; and you can do so by beginning in your present business and in your present location to do things in the Certain Way which causes success.

THE END

 
 

The Science Of Getting Rich: Chapter 1

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The Right To Be Rich


WHATEVER may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. No man can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money; for to unfold the soul and to develop talent he must have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with.


A man develops in mind, soul, and body by making use of things, and society is so organized that man must have money in order to become the possessor of things; therefore, the basis of all advancement for man must be the science of getting rich.

The object of all life is development; and everything that lives has an inalienable right to all the development it is capable of attaining. Man’s right to life means his right to have the free and unrestricted use of all the things which may be necessary to his fullest Mental, Spiritual, and Physical unfoldment; or, in other words, his right to be rich.


In this book, I shall not speak of riches in a figurative way; to be really rich does not mean to be satisfied or contented with a little. No man ought to be satisfied with a little if he is capable of using and enjoying more.

The purpose of Nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life; and every man should have all that can contribute to the power; elegance, beauty, and richness of life; to be content with less is sinful.


The man who owns all he wants for the living of all the life he is capable of living is rich; and no man who has not plenty of money can have all he wants. Life has advanced so far, and become so complex, that even the most ordinary man or woman requires a great amount of wealth in order to live in a manner that even approaches completeness.

Every person naturally wants to become all that they are capable of becoming; this desire to realize innate possibilities is inherent in human nature; we cannot help wanting to be all that we can be.


Success in life is becoming what you want to be; you can become what you want to be only by making use of things, and you can have the free use of things only as you become rich enough to buy them. To understand the science of getting rich is therefore the most essential of all knowledge.


There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life; and that desire is praise worthy. The man who does not desire to live more abundantly is abnormal, and so the man who does not desire to have money enough to buy all he wants is abnormal.

There are three motives for which we live; we live for the body, we live for the mind, we live for the soul. No one of these is better or holier than the other; all are alike desirable, and no one of the three—body, mind, or soul — can live fully if either of the others is cut short of full life and expression.

It is not right or noble to live only for the soul and deny mind or body; and it is wrong to live for the intellect and deny body or soul.

We are all acquainted with the loathsome consequences of living for the body and denying both mind and soul; and we see that real life means the complete expression of all that man can give forth through body, mind, and soul.

Whatever he can say, no man can be really happy or satisfied unless his body is living fully in every function, and unless the same is true of his mind and his soul. Wherever there is unexpressed possibility, or function not performed, there is unsatisfied desire. Desire is possibility seeking expression, or function seeking performance.

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Man cannot live fully in body without good food, comfortable clothing, and warm shelter; and without freedom from excessive toil. Rest and recreation are also necessary to his physical life.

He cannot live fully in mind without books and time to study them, without opportunity for travel and observation, or without intellectual companionship. To live fully in mind he must have intellectual recreations, and must surround himself with all the objects of art and beauty he is capable of using and appreciating.

To live fully in soul, man must have love; and love is denied expression by poverty. A man’s highest happiness is found in the bestowal of benefits on those he loves; love finds its most natural and spontaneous expression in giving.

The man who has nothing to give cannot fill his place as a husband or father, as a citizen, or as a man. It is in the use of material things that a man finds full life for his body, develops his mind, and unfolds his soul. It is therefore of supreme importance to him that he should be rich.

It is perfectly right that you should desire to be rich; if you are a normal man or woman you cannot help doing so. It is perfectly right that you should give your best attention to the Science of Getting Rich, for it is the noblest and most necessary of all studies.

If you neglect this study, you are derelict in your duty to yourself, to God and humanity; for you can render to God and humanity no greater service than to make the most of yourself.


SWOT Analysis: AdvancingMindset

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What is a SWOT analysis? A SWOT analysis is a study or method used to find out the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an individual, project, institution or business. It involves figuring out the internal and external factors that will benefit you or hinder your attainment of a certain goal or object.

History of SWOT Analysis


The history of SWOT analysis is credited to Alfred Humphrey, who led a research project at Stanford University in the 1960s and 1970s using data from many top companies. This was done in order to find out why corporate planning failed. The results of the research identified certain key areas and the tool and the tool used to explore these areas was called “SOFT analysis”. Alfred Humphrey and the team assigned the following definitions to the tool; What was good in the present was Satisfactory, what was good in the future was an Opportunity, what was bad in the present was a Fault and what was bad in the future was a Threat (S.O.F.T).

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Applications of a SWOT Analysis


A SWOT analysis is a great tool to use to gain an in depth understanding of a business, organization or an individual. There are numerous ways and and methods as to how the SWOT analysis can be used, below are some of them.

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Brainstorming sessions

Evaluating products

Problem solving

Personal development

Planning

Evaluations

Interviews

Feedback

How To Conduct A SWOT Analysis


In order to conduct an efficient SWOT analysis you have to gather information and be realistic with the answers you are get from the information.

This can be done through surveys, research or feedback. You can ask your friends, family, employees and others you can trust.

You will then make a list of all your strengths and weaknesses, then find out what opportunities and threats exist.

After identifying your SWOTS’s you will then select the most important ones and formulate  plan as to how to put them to use to benefit you or the intended target.

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Strengths


Strengths are the positive attributes that you possess, they are internal and are withing your control. If you are a business or organization these will include your assets, employees, targets, etc

List of Strengths

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What are you good at?

What makes you stand out?

What skills do you have?

What resources do you have?

What do people see as your strength?

Weaknesses


Weaknesses are the things that you lack or are holding you back, they are also internal and are the areas where you need improvement.

List Of Weaknesses

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What are you bad at?

What skills do you lack?

What beliefs hold you back?

Which contacts are holding you down?

Where do you keep failing?

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Opportunities


Opportunities are external factors that can enable you to progress and prosper when grasped and followed through. They can appear and come through various ways: expected and unexpected. So always be prepared and on the lookout for them

List Of Opportunities

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Can you spot trends?

Is there a need for your skills?

What can you do better than your competitors?

A change in legislation.

Is there a chance to improve your knowledge?

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Threats


Threats are external factors that may become obstacles to your success or chosen goal. They are out of your control and can put you or your business at risk. The best way to tackle threats is to have a back up plan just in case.

List Of Threats

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What obstacles do you face?

Changes in legislation

Emerging competitors

Change in trends

Fears holding you back

Example Of a Swot Analysis


Below is an image illustrating how you should conduct and expect a SWOT analysis to to look like.

SWOT analysis.

What Next?


After conducting your Swot Analysis you will have a list from your research and self-study. Make sure you are honest when answering the questions as this is for your sole benefit.

Identify and prioritize the most important of the results and start making plans around each result on how to achieve them or tackle them.

Look at how you can develop your strengths or use them to grasp an opportunity. You can also brainstorm on how to use your strengths to tackle your weaknesses or threats.

Examine your weaknesses and evaluate how they might be an obstacle when presented with an opportunity or threat.

Example of a plan

OpportunitiesThreats
StrengthsHow can you use the strengths identified to take advantage of the opportunities available?Can you use your strengths to tackle any threats if necessary?
WeaknessesWhat weaknesses can be an obstacle when dealing with opportunities?How can you minimize the weaknesses in time of threats?

Summary


A SWOT Analysis is a great tool to use and conduct in order to identify known and hidden strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

It may come easy for some and impossible for others and if you are definitely afraid of doing it: DO IT.

You will discover skills, gifts and powers you didn’t know you possessed. It will boost your confidence and make you prepared to tackle any problem or issue that life throws at you.