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Day 44 & 45 – SWOT Analysis

August 8th, 2013 by

I made a point in my last post about the need to do a SWOT analysis to better define your strategy and identify what areas in particular you need to put more effort in and the areas that you need to maximize in order to help push your motivation and determination. My best mate had read the blog and told me he conducted a SWOT analysis and that it was all positive – that made me laugh out loud because that is typical of his personality! So I thought that I would conduct a SWOT analysis on myself and hopefully that will get you all thinking about how you can apply the SWOT analysis to you.

Strengths

  • Determination to succeed
  • Project, Organizational & Change Management Expert
  • Experience of the weight loss process
  • Developed clearly defined plan for success
  • Self-belief and confidence
  • Knowledge and use of weight loss technology

Weaknesses

  • Addictive personality
  • Alcohol
  • Knowledge of training and fitness plans

Opportunities

  • Give up alcohol
  • Learn new approaches to weight loss, fitness and how to be a success
  • To have a happy, healthy and successful life
  • Complete a full lifestyle change based on execution of my theory

Threats

  • Celebratory events e.g. weddings/births etc
  • Stress in personal and professional life
  • Boredom
  • Burnout

I am sure there are other factors that I have missed but I think it shows that the process is good at helping to identify areas to continue working on and areas of yourself that you need to work especially hard at – I hope that this process will help you. Identification of weaknesses and threats are strengths and opportunities in disguise. My weakness of not having a huge knowledge of fitness programs is an opportunity to learn and make it one of my strengths. Likewise the threat of celebratory events to derail my progress is an opportunity to learn the process of how to deal with these situations successfully and then make it one of my strengths. By conducting a SWOT analysis an individual can clearly define action items to make them more successful.

I went for my walk on Wednesday night in the wind and rain of Almaty and for the first time in my training I was able to break out into a run, it wasn’t for a long time or distance but it was still the beginning of being able to reach my goal. It was a great feeling and I was pumped when I finished! Hot, sweaty and tired but motivated, the signs are beginning to show that all this hard work and effort is worth it – I can run the London Marathon in April, it will be hard and emotionally straining but I can do it. If you put your mind to something and follow it up with actions you are able to achieve anything that you want, you can achieve the feeling of success – who do you want to be?

The last two days have been really busy at work, I have been tired but I have managed to stay on track. Three quarters of the way in phase 1 and I am on track on the weight loss, lifestyle change and fitness drive. It feels fantastic!

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