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SWOTing your goals

So far you’ve learned the difference between a goal and a resolution and how to 5 Why your desires to determine their chance of success.  Now were going to learn how to analyze your ability to achieve your goals.

A SWOT analysis is a rather quick and dirty assessment of the internal and external factors that can affect the success of an objective.  SWOT stands for:

  • Strengths – Internal elements that are helpful to the goal.
  • Weaknesses – Internal elements that are harmful to the goal.
  • Opportunities – External elements that are helpful to the goal.
  • Threats – External elements that are harmful to the goal.

An example of a SWOT analysis for a goal of eating 5 fruits and vegetables a day might be:

  • S – I love planning my meals and snacks ahead of time.
  • W – I get lazy when I’m tired.
  • O – The supermarket around the corner has pre-made healthy meals and snacks.
  • T – I work in the middle of fast food row.

Once you have identified what can help and what can hurt, you can enhance the good and avoid the bad.  Sounds simple enough but it requires vigilance and practice.  Now it’s your turn to try SWOTing some of your goals.

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