Why I Hate SMART Goals but Love DREAM Goals

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.

Why I hate SMART Goals When we rely on SMART goals, we forget to think big, to shoot for the moon, to dream. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook

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.

Want to Live a Life of Adventure? Follow this Tom Preston-Werner Quote

Adventure is a dangerous word.

To some, adventure implies that you must be wielding a sword, hiking Mount Everest, or risking death at every turn. But what if life could be an adventure? What if you could get past playing it safe and live a life of adventure?

What would that look like for you? When you are old and dying, what would a life well-lived, an adventurous life, look like for you?

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Goals

My wife, Tara, and I set our family goals this past week.