Our goal, first and foremost, is to wish all of our visitors a Happy New Year 2022!
Just as importantly, we share proven techniques to make your resolutions for a Happy New Year 2022 reality for you. We share three steps to achieving your goals: SMART Goals, Zig Ziglar, and Becoming Your Best when you Do What Matters Most.
The November 1981 issue of Management Review contained a paper by George T. Doran called There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives. It discussed the importance of objectives and the difficulty of setting them.
Ideally speaking, each corporate, department, and section objective should be:
- Specific — target a specific area for improvement.
- Measurable — quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
- Assignable — specify who will do it.
- Realistic — state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
- Time-related — specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
Notice that these criteria don’t say that all objectives must be quantified on all levels of management. In certain situations, it is not realistic to attempt quantification, particularly in staff middle-management positions. Practicing managers and corporations can lose the benefit of a more abstract objective in order to gain quantification. It is the combination of the objective and its action plan that is really important. Therefore serious management should focus on these twins and not just the objective.
Zig Ziglar, a favorite of mine for decades, offers insight and motivation. I found his voice grating at first (after purchasing audio of him on cassette tapes back in the 70s or 80s). That bit of irritation quickly subsided when I relaxed and enjoyed the sincerity and wisdom and folksy rhythm of his words.
Zig Ziglar has 7 Steps to goal setting, outlined here (a 2–3 minute read).
Google (search terms: smart goals zig ziglar) listed them succinctly:
Zig Ziglar, an American motivational speaker, pulled together a list of seven steps associated with goal setting (or goal achievement). They are: Identification, Benefits, Obstacles, Skills, People, Plan and Timelines.
Jul 27, 2021
Do What Matters Most
That subheading is also a favorite book of 2021, Do What Matters Most.
I’m big on goal setting, list making, and reading. Do What Matters Most pleasantly combined all of them. Google (search term: do what matters most) gave this description:
Do What Matters Most is a practical book on how to identify what matters most in your life then focusing on making it happen and increasing your productivity. The big 3 high performance habits of leading with a vision, setting your roles and goals, and pre-week planning are the basis for this book.
This book presents you with an approach summed up in the title: Do What Matters Most is a great at reminding you that, in addition to professional achievement, what really matters most is usually family and other loved ones. Helping clients is great, helping family members and friends is just as important. Recognizing and planning for both the personal and professional matters. This book, discussed at BecomingYourBest.com, can help you balance the personal and professional missions of your life.
Happy New Year 2022!
Our sincere best wishes to you and yours ~ may health, happiness and prosperity be yours in the New Year!
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