As the month of January gradually glides to an end Michael Diongoli a businessman, financial expert and philanthropist had urged people in business to be intentional with following through their plans for the year.
He opined that the month of January usually welcomes a therapeutic false assurance, excitement, scripted confidence and often empty hopes, people generally believe that the new year would be better than the old, so they come up with great projections, expectations and resolutions.
But in reality nothing changes except we intentionally, dedicatedly make deliberate efforts to change them.
He said hope is good, but hope is not a strategy. He further recommended a comprehensive guide to helping people, particularly business operators start and finish the year with purpose and accomplishment.
The financial expert advised that they begin by a thorough reflection on the immediate past year 2023, and Identify achievements, challenges, and areas for improvement. This will lay the foundation for setting realistic and meaningful goals for the present year. He says with the realisations they must endeavour to set SMART Goals; which he defined as Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals, then break theses goals down into smaller tasks, making it easier to track progress and stay motivated throughout the year.
He further emphasized the need to be time conscious through the year, he says efficient time management is crucial for success. So businessmen and women must learn to master tools like planners to schedule tasks and allocate time wisely, breaking down each day into focused work periods with breaks in between to maintain productivity.
He went on to state the need for continuous learning: He said an individual can only perform to the best of their abilities and capabilities, thus, there is need to grow capacity. Business operators must commit to personal and professional development, set aside time for learning new relevant skills, reading and attending workshops.
In concluding his thoughts, Michael Diongoli added that networking and collaborating are critical tools for performance. It is said that your network would determine your net-worth, you would most likely be the average of your top closest allies.
Therefore it’s expedient to cultivate meaningful relationships both personally and professionally if you must make the most of the year.
Networking opens doors to opportunities, collaborations, and support. Attend events, join groups, and engage in conversations that align with your interests and goals.
Finally, the business mogul urged Nigerians to master their finances, create financial plans that ensures stability, review expenses, set savings goals, and consider investments that align with their long-term objectives.
By integrating these critical tools into your daily life, you’ll enhance your personal and organization, productivity, setting the stage for a successful start and finish to the year.