I hate SMART goals.
Don’t get me wrong, they are well-intentioned and I believe there is a place for them, but we’ve taken them too far. When we rely on SMART goals, we forget to think big, to shoot for the moon, to dream.
Yesterday I asked: Do you want to live a life of adventure? I asked what a life of adventure would look like for you. I asked you to think ahead to the moment we all reach when you’re looking back on the life you’ve lived. Do you want to say as Tom Preston-Werner, the founder of Github, says:
‘Wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘Wow, I sure felt safe.’
I do. And that is why I think SMART goals have gone too far.
SMART goals don’t make history
Putting a man on the moon was not a SMART goal. It was crazy. It was daring and dangerous. And it was inspiring.
Stories abound of children from that generation who saw John F. Kennedy announce that goal and something lit up inside of them. It inspired a nation.