>Analyzing and Leveraging Your SWOT 9.13.10

>You have had quite some time to look over your SWOT, possibly adding more and refining traits. Now you must do something with this. You must act, in order to leverage these traits and grow. Want to know how to begin?

Look at your SWOT and take the first one or two items in each category and put them into a separate document so you are only focused on those. Do not skip around and select one or two; just take the first one or two from each category. 

They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit; so let’s work diligently the next 21 days to build our weaknesses into strengths, increase and secure our strengths so that they do not become weaknesses, turn our threats into opportunities, and capitalize on our opportunities. Every single day we will focus on these items, and not detour until we have successfully mastered them. At that point we will progress by adding more items to our list until we have completed the entire SWOT.

Now I know some of you may try to convince yourself that you can take on the challenge of four, five, or even more of these at one time, but remember that there are four categories. Sure you could work at maintaining strengths and opportunities, but while you are doing that you have to work harder at turning weaknesses and threats in your favor. 

This is not a sprint. It is a marathon. We must pace ourselves, know when to stride, when to pick up speed, when to grab that drink, and when to let it all out and go for the gusto to win the race. Now let me clarify, we also are not running at a snail’s pace; this is a high intensity race where only the strong survive. There are no short cuts. 

Now get your running shoes and gear, make sure you’re well hydrated and ready for a light warm-up, because the race begins today…RIGHT NOW!

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