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The Opposite of SMART is not Dumb; it’s Dream.

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People often think that the opposite of SMART is dumb.
They are wrong.

As an exercise, I listed the antonyms of the SMART acronym:

  • Specific : General
  • Measurable : Immeasurable
  • Aggressively Attainable : Impossible
  • Relevant : Irrelevant
  • Time-bound : Timeless

It turns out that the antonyms –  general, immeasurable, impossible, irrelevant, and timeless – don’t describe ‘dumb’ as much as they describe other words like DREAM, LOVE, or VISION; all of which are desirable and valuable.

My point is that we don’t need to impose the SMART acronym on everything.

There are plenty of activities that don’t require specificity; plenty of ideas that don’t scream for relevance; plenty of moments that don’t lust for a deadline; plenty of collections that can’t be measured; and plenty of thoughts that don’t need to be attainable.

Being open to the parts of life that aren’t SMART is, well, SMART…

SMART as Hell Exercise:

  1. List: Three areas of your life that would gain from Dreaming.
  2. Identify: activities you’ve dropped because they are general, immeasurable, impossible, irrelevant, or timeless.
  3. Choose: one of these activities to put back in your life – just for sheer excitement, or joy of it.
Share your thoughts, questions, or comments below.

 

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