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My SMART as Hell Journey: Action

My SMART as Hell Journey: Action

I wrote my first SMART as Hell goal in 1993. After five years of hard work, great results, and excellent reviews, I found myself on a one-year assignment in Japan. I also found myself – surprisingly – lagging behind my colleagues in salary and title. While I had worked hard

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Counting Calories

Counting Calories

The advice couldn’t simpler or clearer, “If you want to lose weight, burn more calories than you eat”. So, all you have to do is figure out how many calories that you’re eating and then subtract the calories that you’re burning. That’s all… “The trouble with measurement is its seeming simplicity.” –

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My SMART as Hell Journey: Alignment

My SMART as Hell Journey: Alignment

In 1993, I was starting a new engineering assignment in Tachikawa, Japan. I was a member of an ‘elite team’ where every member had the title ‘Senior Engineer’ – except me, even though I had more experience than most and possessed an excellent track record. So I asked my new

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The Right Word…

The Right Word…

Ever told a girl she was cute and had her get angry at you? “Cute?” She says, “Is that how you see me? Cute?” Now you embark on a word search, digging for a descriptor that’s better – or at least more agreeable – than ‘cute’. Beautiful. Pretty. Sexy. Alluring.

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My SMART as Hell Journey: Misalignment

My SMART as Hell Journey: Misalignment

My SMART as Hell journey started in 1993, when I was asked to move to Tachikawa, Japan on a one-year assignment. Our company was growing at a rapid pace in Japan, so we hired about 20 local engineers who would require training. And, while they were being trained, someone had

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Spring Forward

Spring Forward

On Sunday, I lost an hour of my life. The clock ‘sprung forward’ and I either got one less hour of sleep, or one less hour of productive life. I hate that. Never mind that, if I’m being honest, there’s a good chance that the hour wouldn’t have been productive.

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The Recipe for a Goal-based Breakdown

The Recipe for a Goal-based Breakdown

In “Destructive Goal Pursuit: The Mt. Everest Disaster“, D. Christopher Kayes. Kayes identifies a 7-step recipe for a goal-based breakdown or disaster: The Motivation to Achieve Goals A goal-based disaster starts, obviously enough, with the motivation to achieve a goal. A Narrowly Defined Goal A simple, narrow goal is created to

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Why ‘T’ = Time-bound

Why ‘T’ = Time-bound

The SMART acronym has been around for over 30 years, but there’s little agreement on what it actually stands for. Based on my studies of over 400 published works that reference the SMART acronym, my application of the SMART framework for more than 15 years, and my discussions with leading

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Write Your Obituary

Write Your Obituary

Write your obituary. Create your headstone. Write your own eulogy. While a little maudlin, these are common reflection exercises, used in coaching everywhere. The idea is simple Write your obituary. Realize that it’s boring, given your current path. Re-write your dream obituary. Start living that life tomorrow. My second favorite

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Why ‘R’ = Relevant

Why ‘R’ = Relevant

The SMART acronym has been around for over 30 years, but there’s little agreement on what it actually stands for. Based on my studies of over 400 published works that reference the SMART acronym, my application of the SMART framework for more than 15 years, and my discussions with leading

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A Look in the Mirror

A Look in the Mirror

When you’re nervous, there’s nothing more unsettling than seeing that everyone else is calm and relaxed. As you step up to a big challenge, how do you look? Is your brow sweaty? Or dry? Are your hands twitchy? Or rock-steady? Is your heart beating out of your chest? Or barely

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What is ‘Goalodicy’?

What is ‘Goalodicy’?

Have you ever experienced the negative effects of goals? If you have, then you might have experienced ‘Goalodicy’. Goalodicy is a word that appears in the book “Destructive Goal Pursuit: The Mt. Everest Disaster“, by D. Christopher Kayes. Kayes writes: To highlight that the negative consequences of goal-setting have begun to set

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Why ‘A’ = Aggressively Attainable

Why ‘A’ = Aggressively Attainable

The SMART acronym has been around for over 30 years, but there’s little agreement on what it actually stands for. Based on my studies of over 400 published works that reference the SMART acronym, my application of the SMART framework for more than 15 years, and my discussions with leading

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Are You Willing to Win?

Are You Willing to Win?

Everybody wants to win. Or, to state the opposite, nobody wants to lose. Oh, some people claim they don’t care, but that’s just because the stakes aren’t important to them. Put them in a competition where the stakes are important to them and they will not want to lose. A

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The Almost Religious Status of Goals

The Almost Religious Status of Goals

Here is a fantastic passage from  “Destructive Goal Pursuit: The Mt. Everest Disaster“, by D. Christopher Kayes: Close identification with the future goal of reaching the summit serves a useful purpose: it appeals to followers with a vision of a desired future. Without the goal the purpose of being a team failed to

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A Graphic Guide to Writing SMART as Hell Goals follows Mickey, a new employee, on his journey from SMART to SMART as Hell. In this fast paced comic book by award-winning author Glenn Hughes, you’ll watch Mickey rebound from a failed meeting with his boss Amy, by getting clarity around his

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Do your goals lack punch? Are you struggling for the motivation to realize your dreams? Do you sometimes wish you could get a nice pat on the back AND a good kick in the butt? SMART as Hell Advice is your antidote. In this book, award-winning goal expert Glenn Hughes gathers

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Looking to increase clarity, creativity, and conversation?  Photo Jolts! shows you how to leverage the power of photographs to improve yourself, your team, or your organization. Master trainer Thiagi and SMART as Hell.com founder Glenn Hughes share 51 activities (with over 300 variations) that are tested and proven to help participants

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