How to do Personal SWOT Analysis? Every individual must know about himself completely at all point of time to keep moving towards success. What we mean when we say ‘knowing oneself’ is every individual must know his own strengths and weaknesses. Knowing his strengths would enable him to understand the opportunities available for him to move forward. Knowing his own weakness will help him prepare himself against the threats he need to face. We provide here some tips for every individual to analyze his own SWOT. The second half of the article provides you with personal swot analysis examples.

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Ask yourself some basic questions like what you are good at, what is your capability, the skill sets you have to win over competition, the probability you have to win over your competition, what is other’s opinion about your capability, what are your credentials, what is your suitability for a given situation or opportunity, what are your competency levels, is the thing that you plan to do is what you love, what is the supporting experience you have in what you are venturing to do, which is the area you shine usually and what is that which makes you unique.


When assessing what your weaknesses are, as the following questions to you and answer them in an honest manner. Questions like what exactly you struggle with every time, which are the areas you have been criticised for, which are the areas you have failed again and again, the credentials, skills and competencies you lack for a particular job or situation, reason for people repelling away from you, problems you get in to easily, when and for what reason you usually get in to problems will help you assess your weaknesses in a discrete and clear manner.


Once you assess your strengths and weaknesses in a clear and honest manner, ascertaining about the opportunities you have will be an easy job. A clear understanding about your strengths will help you understand about the opportunities available for you to exploit. This is because to exploit the opportunities you have you must further sharpen some of your strengths and overcome a couple of your weaknesses. Having strengths is not of any use until these are used to create opportunities. The same way, understanding your weaknesses is not of any use until you consciously take efforts to overcome the weaknesses.


Assessing the threats that need to be faced must be done as the last activity in a personal SWOT analyses. A clear understanding about one’s weaknesses will enable understand the threats the person has to face. Understanding the threats help people to improve on their strengths and work on their weaknesses. Threats also help people to form strategies which will help find solutions to the anticipated problems. By helping find solutions, threats help you to remove obstacles that block one’s way to success. The whole purpose of understanding one’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities lies in overcoming the threats successfully.  However, this is possible only if all the inputs are honestly provided by self with absolute open mindedness.

Personal SWOT Analysis Examples

Personal SWOT Analysis Example of a leadership person

Strengths Weakness
  • Enthusiastic & Passionate
  • Ability to follow up and close projects.
  • Capacity to convert idea/words into action.
  • Good writing abilities
  • Positive perspective on work and life
  • Good ambitions
  • Interest in multiple fields (arts & parties)
  •  Increased obsession over completion of tasks undermining the benefits of longer evaluation and planning.
  • Less tolerance and impatience
  • Less ability to multitask under pressurizing environments.
  • High pressure environments leads to emotional let down.
 Opportunities Threats
  •  There is wide opportunity to receive positive as well as negative feedback from others.
  • Leadership skills can be improved by attending training sessions.
  • Ability to complete tasks in a quick time.
  • Always open to learn from colleagues and friends (peer group).
  • Unavailability of enough time to improvise personal skills.
  • Too much of daily tasks may stand in way to realize long term potential.

Check out the below examples of personal swot analysis for further understanding :

Slide Share – Example of a personal swot analysis

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