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New Years Resolutions are due in less than two (2) months. The strategic planner in me urges you to conduct a quick Self SWOT to list your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. The key is to be honest. I cannot tell you how many small business owners and other professionals that remain in denial for years. It is painful to list your weaknesses and there may be even more pain to actually do something about it.
My Self SWOT revealed the following:
*I write well;
*I enjoy coaching and mentoring others;
*I am very organized; and
*I am very productive.
*I have a youthful voice;
*I have debt due to the down economy;
*I have low income due to the down economy;
*I need assistants to help with sales; and
*I need to lose weight.
*I can hire a speech therapist;
*I can pay creditors via a debt management plan;
*I can improve sales and increase income;
*I can hire student assistants and volunteer interns;
*I can exercise and eat right.
*I am my only threat!
The real threat is how we may get in our own way.
Once you have completed your Self SWOT list, the results can become your New Years Resolutions for 2011. Take your list of Weaknesses and resolve to do something about them to convert them into Strengths. Plan implementation is crucial to achieving success. Commit to viewing your Opportunities as means to convert each Weakness into Strengths. The key is to approach this exercise with zeal, discipline and commitment.
Clovia founded Lemongrass Consulting in 2005 with 25 years of government work experience and serves as a procurement counselor in the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC). Lemongrass Consulting provides strategic planning solutions including government contracting strategic marketing plans. Visit us at: www.lemongrassplanning.com – Follow Clovia on Twitter @lemongrassplans and LIKE Lemongrass on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/6cuu28o