By this stage you may already be feeling that something is missing. In analysing our given situation we cannot overlook the person of the planner. No two of us are alike. We would see the situation, our needs and the goals in different ways.
The most difficult of all our tasks is to take ourselves into account. It is our own needs that drive our progress, and our own capacities which allow us to plan and achieve our goals. For this we need to conduct a personal audit encompassing our aptitudes, interests, passions, skills and experience. This should help us to see how much we can rely on our selves, and how much we may need to enlist the help of others.
A starting point would be to identify where one’s strengths and weaknesses lie. Next would be a consideration of one’s interests. We are all different, and nobody is likely to excel in all things. We find our places in the universal division of labour by gravitating to the areas where we are of most use to our fellows. Objectivity is difficult in this process of self-judgment, and we often need evidence of past achievements to back up our views, and even the assessments of other people.
It is essential to see ourselves in our social connection. Ultimately our value is based on our value to others.
- How can I be of value or of service to others?
- How can I be of more value to others?
- Who will value what I offer?
When you have completed an outline of a self-audit, you should review your Situation Analysis and your Plan of Means and Measures in its light. This will probably never be complete since we should be discovering new facets of ourselves.
Personal Audit and Situation Analysis Together
We can see how the personal audit and the situation analysis are inextricably connected when we consider some basic questions about our professional lives. Here we need to answer fundamental questions about our strengths, weaknesses, the professional or career environment, existential threats and opporunities:
- What are my career strengths?
- What do past successes reveal about my strengths?
- What strengths do I have which are not utilised in my career?
- What strengths could I acquire or enhance?
- How can I put my strengths to better use?
- What weaknesses have limited me in the past?
- What weakness is currently undermining my efforts?
- Can I take steps to overcome weaknesses?
- Can I cooperate with other people to overcome weaknesses?
- On what personal qualities does my career depend?
- What opportunities does my current situation offer?
- To whom do I offer an advantage that would entitle me to a deserved reward?
- In the foreseeable future what opportunities could arise, and how could I make use of them?
- What future dangers and threats can I defend myself against? And how?
- What current difficulties and hindrances must I deal with?
What is my private situation? Consider health, family, free time, disposable income, savings available for an investment. How do these impact my situation analysis and my personal audit?
The Personal Audit may prove to be the most difficult of our tasks. Lack of confidence may blind us to some of our strengths, and exagerate some of our weaknesses. There is always, too, the possibility of yet untapped and undiscovered potential.
From this brief analysis what are the immediate consequences to be drawn?
How to use this website
You are on the sixth page of a set of instructions. Using them in the order set out in the Menu on the left is to be recommended. The Home Page is entitled Success & Failure. The second page is entitled The Method. The third pade is entitled Goals. The fourth page is entitled Situation Analysis. The fifth page is Means & Measures.