A new month is here. What are your upcoming goals? Have you set a plan? Many people are content wondering aimlessly into the next month with no real plans for improvements. But if you want to set yourself apart, you can’t afford that luxury. You have to create a plan. One that will produce the results you desire. If you stick to a sound plan and do the work, you will start moving the needle toward success.
The greatest achievement is to outperform yourself. –Dennis Waitley
So where do you begin? You have to know what is working for you and what is not. Take a moment and recap the work you did in the last month. Did you have a plan and stick to it? Are you in a better position at the beginning of this month compared to the beginning of last month? Companies often use a SWOT analysis when planning projects. Why not use it on an individual level? Try a SWOT analysis to get an accurate picture of your end of month recap. Identify the following:
• Strengths. These are the things you are good at and really should keep doing.
• Weaknesses. Identify these and plan to overcome them. Marcus Aurelius said it well, “Practice what seems impossible. The left hand (no offense to southpaws) is useless at almost everything, for lack of practice. But it guides the reins better than the right. From practice.” The only way to get better is to practice. If your weaknesses can be conquered, they can become the difference between you and the competition.
• Opportunities. Take a look around. What opportunities are out there that can be utilized for success? There are resources available to you. You just have to find them and then make the most out of them.
• Threats. You also need to identify your own personal threats. A cell phone can be a great resource if used properly. It could also be a threat. If something is keeping you from your goals, you have to cut it free. Decide what is more important: your goals or the things holding you back.
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Once your personal SWOT analysis is complete, you should have the foundations for a good plan in the upcoming month. Experiment with what works and what doesn’t. The goal is progress, steady continuous progress from one month to the next. You do it by making your today better than yesterday, this week better than the last. Keep moving the needle forward. You just may surprise yourself when next year you are a completely different person.
The great benefit of this tool is that it can be used in more than one aspect of your life. Don’t limit it only to fitness or nutrition. Utilize it to be the complete person you want to be: body, soul, and spirit.