SWOT Analysis As It Relates To Personal Development

By Teboho Polanka

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I believe we’re all familiar with the term “personal development or PD” as this is the only way anyone can grow and become a better individual. Within the parameters of PD we have SWOT analysis. And in this piece let’s see how it relates to the growth that we’re talking of.

In business, SWOT analysis helps in uncovering Strengths of the business entity; Weaknesses thereof; Opportunities and Threats to which it is exposed or are likely to hinder its progress. When used for individual assessment, it offers equally amazing results.

What you know plus my input maybe what you needed in your personal arsenal. For those of you who are serious about working to improve yourselves, here’s how SWOT analysis maybe just what you need.


At this point all your energies should be tailored towards figuring out that which sets you apart as an individual. You are not exactly like anybody, there are those things that you really are good at and you know it.

You may not know a lot of things but that one thing that you’re familiar with doing falls in this section. For instance, you may not be quite a singer but deep down you know that with soccer, come what may you’re up to it. So your strength would be that you’re athletic.


Part of our analysis involves looking at your weaknesses which comprises of those things that you’re not so good at and may need some improvements. The tendency should not be to be too self-critical, but to identify a few things that you believe you aren’t presently competent to do but given time and help, you can do. The idea here is to identify those things you feel can temper with your career of choice.


Thirdly you need to look into opportunities that you’re left with. At this point you look into how your strengths can better position you in the job market. You find ways on how you can commercialize your strengths. After a thoughtful consideration, you then pursue opportunities before you.


And finally look into the threats which are the things that can derail your future success. These may sometimes be difficult to identify but either way need to be planned for. You don’t want to be sidetracked by surprises. They may include, but not limited to, what happens if your weaknesses are left unattended and the external obstacles that play out against you in your chosen path.


VIATeboho Polanka
Teboho is a Social Worker, Writer and Inspirational Speaker. He is in pursuit of MSc. in Managerial Psychology. Graduates are able to apply psychological principles and methods to tackle challenges in the work environment and provide effective practical solutions. Acting as industrial-organizational psychologists.