September 10, 2018


Most of us set lofty goals for personal development at the start of a new year. If you ask your friends how many of them were able to achieve their goals, the majority would respond in negative. Finally, there is a way to attain all your goals of self-development. Using methods like SWOT and SMART goals, you can achieve much more than you have ever achieved in the past.

What is a SWOT analysis?

SWOT is an acronym that means Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. If you are aware of the opportunities and threats that lie in your way and you also have knowledge about your strong and weak points, it becomes easy to reach your goals. Just write down your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in columns on a piece of paper. Look at this page daily so that you are aware of your goals and also strong and weak points.

Set SMART goals for yourself

SMART is an acronym that stands for

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

Specific goals are those that are clear and well defined. You know when you have reached these goals or little milestones in your life.

Measurable goals are those that can be quantified or measured. Examples could be time in seconds for 100m race or length in meters in long jump. In academics you can set a goal of cracking a competitive exam. In a personal relationship, you can set the frequency with which you will contact important friends and relatives.

Achievable goals are those goals that are not too high or beyond your capabilities. At the same time, they should be difficult enough to keep you motivated to reach them.

Relevant goals keep your journey smooth and short. You must make sure that your goals are relevant to and compatible with your final or highest goal. If they are irrelevant, you could waste a lot of your precious time and effort.

Time-bound means you should set a time limit for achieving specific goals. This will prevent you from getting stuck in your journey.


Get Rid of it!

Laziness is a vice that can make you languish at the bottom of a list of contenders. Successful people never procrastinate and do their tasks in a disciplined manner. It would be great if you regularly attend networking events and boost your connections. To keep tracking your goals, it is advisable to plan. Narrow down your goals and spend set hours on it daily and make sure that there are no distractions. It’s good to multitask but it can also be highly distracting. To not to get distracted, you can use some time saving/management apps to focus on your goals more clearly.

Setting goals and achieving them is very much possible if you work hard and remain dedicated towards it. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses and having SMART goals is the key to reach your personal development goals.