Click above to listen to the podcast and read the blog post below for extra support. (And don’t forget to download the free resource—it’s your own personal SWOT team!)
Sometimes you have to pull out all the stops to get rid of what’s no longer working for you. Maybe it’s a poor habit. Maybe it’s a negative, soul-sucking friendship. Or maybe it’s an attitude that’s standing in the way of who you want to be.
In today’s episode, we call in the SWOT team to deal with your problem using a SWOT Analysis. If you’re doing the 2-week sprints we outlined in last week’s episode, this method will dramatically increase your success this year.
What is a SWOT Analysis? The acronym stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. It’s a matrix businesses have used for years to develop strategies to overcome problems and create success, and now we’re making it work for you.
Because isn’t your personal life more valuable than any Fortune 500 company?
We think so.
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Now back to SWOTing yourself…
If you’ve worked at any large company before, you may have learned this technique during a training course or a management meeting. A team sits around a table and brainstorms the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats for an upcoming project or goal. The bosses want to know what the company has going for them to achieve their goals and what might throw them off track.
The group makes a plan of action, emphasizing their strengths, making contingency plans for weaknesses, and neutralizing threats. They also focus on the opportunities to guide them through.
You can do the same thing in your own life. We’ve included a free resource guide (below at the blue button) where you can walk through the exercise yourself.
Once you know what you have to work with internally (strengths and weaknesses) plus what’s external to you (opportunities and threats), you’ll be able to better plan how you’ll declutter an area of your life. We walk you through this on the podcast, so be sure to listen to this week’s episode first.
What we like about this exercise is that it takes you outside of your situation and allows you to see it in a new way. As always, we’re not here to promote judgement. There’s far too much of that weighing you down already. You simply use this tool to get a full view of your situation so you can plan for the best success.
A Personal Note About SWOT and Mindset
A huge but often overlooked side benefit of using the SWOT Analysis is how it changes your thinking patterns. For instance, someone like me (Betsy) can get so focused on how I’m going to do something that I overlook the possibility that someone else or something else can do it for me. I often overlook my opportunities in a given situation because I’m so focused on the personal how-to of it all. A SWOT Analysis reminds me that I can ask other people for advice, find established systems, download an app, or delegate.
For someone like Warren, who is hyper-focused on fixing problems, meeting deadlines, and overcoming weaknesses, this kind of analysis reminds him of the strengths and opportunities he has in his corner. He’s always looking at the problems, so he often overlooks his accomplishments and qualities.
When you use the SWOT on a regular basis, you’ll find it expands your thinking and helps you solve problems better and faster. SWOT can run like a mini loop in your subconscious, constantly uncluttering and refining your life as you go based on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats you see in a given situation.
Warren loves this method because it is a faster path to a better solution. Betsy likes this method because it expands problem-solving skills in general.
As usual with us, you get the yin and the yang of this lesson!
Where to Use SWOT in Your Life
Let’s talk about the kind of uncluttering projects you’d SWOT and why.
- Debt — so you can use your money on what you love
- Smoking — so you can improve your health, live longer, & save money
- House clutter — so you can have a home office, entertain, relax, make money by selling what you no longer need
- Complaining — so you can improve your energy, make better friends, see more possibilities in your life, stop making ugly wrinkles on your face from frowning 🙂
- Negative relationships — so you can enjoy time spent with friends, so you can feel loved and supported, so you can push yourself to go after what you want
- Poor eating habits — so you can live longer, so you can look better, so you can have more energy, so you can save money
- Lack of sleep — so you can have more energy to do what you love, so you can remove the dark circles under your eyes, so you can be healthier
Get your free resource guide on how to perform a personal SWOT Analysis in the button below. You’ll find a brief description of the process, a sample matrix you can use, plus questions to help guide your analysis.
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Give yourself 20 minutes to do this exercise. Remember, the point is to reduce your overwhelm, not add to it!
- SWOT Analysis allows you to see your situation from the outside and make better-informed decisions.
- SWOT Analysis is useful for uncluttering specific areas of your life. Don’t go too general or your options will be overwhelming. Be very specific with your target.
- Do the SWOT Analysis before you make your plan.
- There is no judgement with SWOT. You are simply taking an accounting of what you have to work with in addressing this problem area of your life.
- Use the SWOT Analysis on a regular basis to improve your problem-solving skills in general.
On next week’s show, we’ll be talking about uncluttering Facebook and other social media. If you get riled up by the politics, sucked in by the cat videos, or just know you’re spending way too much time with your face in a screen, we’ve got a plan to help you get back in alignment with your priorities.