Now that you have listed at least two to three factors in each of the quadrants, it is time to formulate two to three small and doable action steps for each factor. Be specific and ensure that each are measurable so that you know when they have been achieved. For example, instead of “relax more” as an action step to managing a “stressful lifestyle,” write “do mindful walking twice a week for 20 minutes.” This is specific and you’ll know when you (and/or the other person) have achieved it so that you can monitor whether the action step was effective.
Download the SWOT action plan template here: SWOT Action Plan
Yes, monitoring after implementation of your action steps is very important. If it has had positive results, continue with it; perhaps introduce something similar; use it as encouragement in other areas, and add a new action step where needed. If it hasn’t been very successful, don’t despair. Adapt your plan and don’t be afraid to try new things.
What comes next?
In the final session, session 8, we look at how to plan for and handle setbacks and relapses without jeopardizing the progress already made.