Everyone likes a good acronym. A good acronym list is better than just one.
Every new government agency has to have a really long name with an acronym or initials that flow off the tongue. Every new law that’s passed is part of a longer Act that has a fancy acronym for its name.
Self-improvement and motivational speakers use acronyms to help deliver their messages. Listeners and readers seem to be drawn to them.
Acronyms are memory tools. The CPA exam study guides use them for students to memorize lists and concepts. Unfortunately, it’s been so long since I took the CPA exam that I don’t remember any of them. Wait – maybe that’s not unfortunate.
I’ve written posts about some acronyms and how to apply the lessons. Preachers will make entire sermons based on acronyms. They are all around us.
Here I’d like to provide an acronym list, and their meanings, that can be used for you to enhance your career. They may not all be applicable to your current professional status but they have been or will be at some point.
Here’s the acronym list along with the source, if I could find it:
Action Changes Things
D – Define problem
O – Open mind and apply creative techniques
I – Identify best solution
T – Transform
Dedication, Responsibility, Education, Attitude, Motivation
Edging God Out
For Anything I Trust Him or Forwarding All Issues To Heaven
Follow One Course Until Successful
Fear Of Missing Out
Get Really Excited About Today
Goals, Reality, Options, Will
Having Energy About Life Through Habit
Identify, Design, Execute, Augment
Just Over Broke
Learn, Educate, Appreciate, Develop
Love, Intention, Faith, Excitement
Maximum Impact, Little Effort
P – State your purpose, ask Permission and ensure you are in Private
O – Share your Observation of the other person’s behavior
I – Exchange Information
S – Develop a Solution
E – End on a positive note
Personal Responsibility In Driving Excellence
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound
Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic, Time-bound, Ethical, Recorded
Situation, Problem, Implication, Need
Sense of direction, Understanding, Courage, Charity, Esteem, Self-confidence, Self-acceptance
True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind
What an acronym list! This acronym list isn’t even the beginning because you can create an acronym for just about every word in the English language if you want. In fact, I did just that for GROWTH. You can discover it’s meaning by clicking the following link:
Even though acronyms are great for memorizing lists and concepts, and even applying them, they can be overused. For example, if I hear TOMA (Top Of Mind Awareness) or BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) one more time, I might just get sick.
The moral of the story, therefore, is to use the acronym list above to be more successful but don’t overuse them so much in writing or daily conversation that you reverse that success trend.
Now go have fun in your career and experience some real GROWTH.
Question for you: What is your favorite acronym? Share in the comments below.