Below are three types of goals, most people have heard of “SMART” goals, but take a look at goals that are DUMB and DUMBER, and make sure your goals don’t have these characteristics.
-Your goal must be specific in every aspect, think about who, what, where, when, why, and how.
-Your goal must be measurable, if it’s not measurable, how do you know when you achieved it?
-Your goal must be attainable by you. This doesn’t mean you can’t shoot for the moon, just make sure you have a realistic way of getting there (see below).
-Your goal needs to be realistic, do you have access or can you obtain access, to all the skills, people, knowledge, and equipment you will need for this goal?
-Your goal needs to be time bound. You need a date of completion, that doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t go over it, but you need a date set or you will never be pushed to finish (or start for that matter). You also need to track your progress along the way.
-Is this really the goal for you? Were you drunk when you decided to do it? Did someone you know have this goal so now you want to try? Make sure this goal is for you, and for the right reasons.
-It’s very important to make sure your goal is realistic given your circumstances.
-Don’t set a mediocre goal that is easily achievable, you won’t push yourself to see what might have been and you will get bored easily.
-Don’t set a boring goal, make it challenging and exciting.
-If there is not much effort involved the goal is probably not worth it, and there won’t be much satisfaction after achieving it.
-Don’t be random, be specific with all aspects of your goal, as well as your habits needed for the goal.
What other advice do you have for smart and/or dumb goals, leave a comment and let me know.