Building your self-definition plays a crucial role in how you lead yourself towards success. The challenge arises when you must sift through the input of others and find the wisdom nuggets you identify with, and with which others can mostly tolerate.
Trust, there is a lot of input.
We can’t help it, we want to see you take action, and so you are offered information to inspire your next moves. In addition, businesses want to envision you your ideal reality and offer you a solution to buy. While this can be useful when needs arise, it can also fill your mental chatter with clutter that distances you from the voice of your Self.
- a person’s essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action.“our alienation from our true selves”
This can make communicating with your authentic self feel like the Tower of Babel when the discord first struck. Chaos and confusion as you try to build and yet somehow manage to stagnate or destroy simultaneously.
Yet, you need to envision something and you need feedback to ensure your definition can withstand the test of time.
How can you balance between external inputs and internal controls?
There are many ways, but a reliable method can be borrowed from the business world. Small businesses and enterprises alike benefit from what is called a SWOT analysis. This assessment lists the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that a certain enterprise, team, product, or brand faces. It helps sort a wealth of information so you can turn it into actionable feedback.
To incorporate this practice into your own success path take these simple steps.
- Choose a personal goal you are pursuing.
- On your own, list what you consider to be your personal strengths that might help you achieve this goal and weaknesses that may inhibit you from achieving this goal.
- Next, consider any opportunities you could take of advantage of to reach these goals or any competition that might be in the way. Write these down as well.
- Then go around and ask people you trust or your closest circle of acquaintances and ask them the give you the observations from points one and two. What do they think your strengths and weaknesses are? What do they think of your goals and what challenges you might find along the way or what gaps they might hope you fill.
- Finally align the feedback notes you got for yourself and from your circle and see if where they align and where they don’t. Are your strengths viewed by your circle the same?
- Go over the feedback and use it to determine what you want others to know and how you can get there.
The personal SWOT assessment is a decision making tool to help you unlock possibilities for yourself as you develop her brand.
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