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C.S Lewis once said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”.

The year 2021 is already in the middle; having gone through the first half from January to June and now in the second half with July. It seems the year is on a fast pace; fulfilling what a lot of people wished and hoped for in 2020. The year is just like an empty room; the beauty of the room is determined by what you fill the space with. The tendency to wallow in criticism after reminiscing on the events and activities of the year so far.

A time for self-reflection should not be a window to self-criticism and self-pity but rather should usher in renewed energy and passion or even a change in course of movement. A change in course may seem like a big discouragement because you have already come too far but let me put on the light bulb in your head, “no matter how long you have gone in the wrong course, you can never arrive at the beautiful destination in your head”. Welcome to another Productivity Wednesday.

Having a self-appraisal is great gain and efforts to making the second half better than the first half. A self-appraisal can be done using the SWOT analysis technique; this analytical technique will present you the hard question and if sincerely answered will bring a whole new revelation of yourself to you. S.W.O.T is an acronym that means Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. SWOT analysis as used in business is a tool that can be for self-appraisal. A personal SWOT analysis can do the same for an individual in pursuit of their career goals. It provides insights based on your personality strengths and weaknesses, what challenges you see ahead of you, and what opportunities are present around you now and in the future.

  1. Strengths: Commence by noting all skills you have and come easily to you. These are skills that distinguishes you from another person and gives your work a unique mark of excellence. Ask yourself theses questions: what are you naturally good at? What skills have you put in efforts to develop? What are you passionate about, talents or natural gifts?
  2. Weaknesses: Weaknesses are areas that you need to put in more work to get better in. Improving your weaknesses does not mean being blind to your strengths and focusing on the areas that require improvement. Improve on your weaknesses and focus on your strengths. Ask yourself the following questions: what are your negative work habits and traits? Does any part of your education or training need development? What would others see as your weaknesses? In some cases, weaknesses could pass as strength depending on how you manifest the weakness.
  3. Opportunities: These are external factors that influence your career growth either in getting a new job, in a new field or promotion in your current employment. To ascertain your opportunities, ask the following questions: what is the state of the economy? Is your industry growing? Is there new technology in your industry? Opportunities are basically using your strength and your improving weakness to position for the ball instead of chasing after the ball. To make the most of opportunities, groom and prepare for the opportunities that you hope to get even before the opportunity arises.
  4. Threats: Whilst considering your opportunities, take time to consider your threats too. Threats are external factors that can impede your career growth or hurt your chances of career growth. Consider these questions: is your industry contracting or changing direction? Is there strong competition for the types of jobs for which you are best suited? What is the biggest external danger to your goals?

As it is often said, “the room for improvement never gets full.” Continuous self-reflection and appraisal will give room for growth by exposing the areas where you need to improve, and this will invariably increase your productivity. 21Search offers training services to help you grow in and increase capacity; just incase you do not know the training you need; we are here to provide Training need Analysis for you to determine the courses that are best fit for you and your chosen career path. Kindly visit our website today to find your preferred course.

Until I come your way again, stay safe and work smart and not just hard.

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