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A Strategy for Planning

By Michael Mooney 

 

Jesus once said something very important about planning:

 

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it; lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all those seeing begin to mock him” (Luk 14:28-29).

 

The truth is that we have to make decisions on a daily basis. Sometimes these decisions are more serious than others.  When we are faced with making “big” decisions it really helps to as Jesus said, “count the costs”, and to form a plan.

 

In the world a business there is a strategy for this known as a SWOT analysis.  It calls for us to view our potential plans or circumstances in the context of their:   

 

S –strengths

W- weaknesses

O- opportunities

T –threats

 

The Strengths and Weakness are viewed from within, and the Opportunities and Threats are viewed from without.   In terms of personal development an example would look like this:

 

Within:

 

What are the strengths with me?

What are the weaknesses with me?

 

Without:

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