Part 9: My confidence becomes an expression of strength

I have known hardship. I have lost myself but here I stand, still moving forward, growing stronger each day. I will never forget the harsh lessons in my life. They made me stronger and I have learned using my strengths to overcome my weaknesses.

Guidance in life

I have never heard the word SWOT before. During the Seven days training I was for the first time introduced to the planning tool called “SWOT Analysis”.  I have never before evaluated myself in this way.

My trainer, Mina, and her colleagues always encourage us to be honest when applying the SWOT. But what is a SWOT? To all of you haven’t heard of it before my definition in short terms is:  An analysis entails finding out what you are good at (Your Strengths) and what you are terrible at (Your Weaknesses).

Some of my identified strengths are: “I can raise my voice if necessary, I can read and write, I am hardworking, I am dedicative.”

The tool have helped me identifying my weaknesses and turning them into strengths. The trainers have introduced us to SWOT as an unique tool to identify and be aware of our individual strengths and weaknesses.

Thinking back, SWOT made me capable to do self-actualization by recognizing my strengths and weaknesses. I believe that everyone should be capable to apply a self-evaluation as SWOT to learn more about yourself. For me it is a simple and indispensable analysis structure providing me with guidance in life. The tool has since the training played a very significant role in both my personal and professional progress.

I would like to highlight some of my personal progressions to you: I used to be short tempered and arrogant, I used to be a TV addict, I used to run to the neighbor’s house to watch the TV and I  easily believed in any person.

After participating in the seven days training I have made an effort applying the SWOT analysis in my daily life to make positive changes. Every positive change I make in life will lead me to opportunities instead of threats.

Using my strengths

Everytime Mina visits me at home to support me in continuously applying the SWOT analysis, she always encourage me to start identifying my weaknesses to developing my strengths. Mina told me ones at her visit that the outcomes of the analysis always depends on how I react on my findings. Either I will be threatened of my weaknesses or I will be capable to overcome the weakness found.

Based on my own learning from being a WAWCAS member my advice to you when you apply it is: Always remember to think positive.

Positive thoughts combined with training days and home visits has always encouraged me to act proactively. I always try to minimize my weaknesses. I know it is not easy to eliminate my weaknesses, but I have manage to do it.

Today, rather than watching TV all the time I invest those hours on promoting my business. My bad habit of short tempered has been reduced. I equally listen to others and give value to them and their opinions. What I have realized is that the learning is good for my success and betterment. I am already enjoying the benefit of it. It is a useful tool I have found. To make small or big changes in life commitment is necessary. Therefore I have committed myself to be a better version of myself.

I won’t promise that all my bad habits will be changed at once, because this is not possible as I have build them up over years. But I will try not to step back, I will do it and make possible changes……I will never stop working on this…..I won’t…..

Today I am living where my confidence becomes an expression of strength.