Goal Setting: How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Goals (Worksmart)
Susan B. Wilson
Why is it that some people consistently seem to get more done than others? The answer is that they know how to set specific, achievable goals for themselves...and then follow through on them. This revised and updated edition of Goal Setting features worksheets, quizzes, and other practical tools, giving readers powerful techniques they can use to set a goal, make a plan, and acquire the resources and power necessary to achieve their objective. The book shows readers how to: act upon their objectives in a precise, targeted way • recognize obstacles and overcome them • become more assertive • change counterproductive behavior • establish priorities • make the most of their time Achieving goals takes hard work and discipline. This expanded edition of Goal Setting gives readers the tools and techniques to accomplish anything.
Cataloging-in-Publication Data Wilson, Susan B. Goal setting : how to create an action plan and achieve your goals / Susan B. Wilson and Michael S. Dobson.—2nd ed. p. cm.—(WorkSmart) Includes index. ISBN 978-0-8144-0169-9 (pbk.) 1. Goal setting in personnel management. 2. Goal (Psychology) 3. Management—Psychological aspects. 4. Planning. I. Dobson, Michael Singer. II. Title. HF5549.5.G6W55 2008 650.1—dc22 2007039111 � 2008 American Management Association All rights reserved. Printed in the
important feedback and often motivates continued effort. Your words of praise, a brief note, or a handshake express your appreciation for the skills and talents of your employees. An effective manager shares the spotlight easily and frequently. “Early in our company’s history, when someone sold an order, we rang a bell. It quickly became a tradition. We looked forward to hearing the bell for ourselves and for others. It was a simple but effective way to indicate that people were doing a good
what the likelihood is of a given event occurring or exactly what it might cost if the risk actually occurs. You have to approximate, and that makes risk decisions more … well, risky. For example, if there is a moderate probability of a small financial impact, you want to spend little time and money on it. However, if there is a serious probability of a huge financial impact, you may need to spend big bucks to mitigate that risk. Making decisions on vague information pretty much guarantees you’ll
of willingness to experience the new. I HAVE TOO MANY THINGS TO DO Frequently, there are too many things to do. Fortunately, you have the ability to prioritize your goals and activities. Review your list of goals at the end of Chapter 1. Which are the most important to you? Which give you the greatest return on your investment? Which provide you with the greatest enjoyment or sense of accomplishment? Use your responses to prioritize the goals that are the most important to you. Then plan your
________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ What are the benefits of reaching one or more of your goals? ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ DEVELOP THE PERSISTENCE TO WORK TOWARD YOUR GOALS Persistence may be the most important quality for reaching