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Why ‘M’ = Measurable

Why ‘M’ = Measurable

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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Do You Believe in Magic?

Do You Believe in Magic?

I don’t. I don’t believe in pixie dust, divine intervention, voodoo, witchcraft, astrology, crystals, ‘the secret’, spoon-bending, or fortuitous bank transfers from South Africa. I also don’t believe in aliens, fairies, mermaids, leprechauns, nessie, bigfoot, or that manufactured creature named Kim Kardasian. What do I believe in? I do believe

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Destructive Goal Pursuit on Mt. Everest

Destructive Goal Pursuit on Mt. Everest

Are goals just as likely to create disaster as success? Well, it’s in the Spiderman script – and therefore it must be true – that, “With great power, comes great responsibility”. And there’s no question that goals possess great power. I recently read “Destructive Goal Pursuit: The Mt. Everest Disaster“,

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Your Highest Goals

Your Highest Goals

What are your first thoughts when you wake up in the morning? What about this morning? Can you remember what they were? Take a minute and jot them down. Ok? Let’s look at them. First, you probably had some immediate ‘maintenance’ thoughts: I don’t like Mondays. I have to pee.

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Let’s Date!

Let’s Date!

A couple of years ago, I conducted a survey of more than 18,000 goals. I scored all of these goals against the SMARTometer – our tool for assessing goal quality – and found that only 5% had a date attached to them. Isn’t that incredible? A goal is hardly a

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Towards a Universal Definition of SMART

Towards a Universal Definition of SMART

Based on books that have been published over the past 30 years, authors have created the possibility of over two million variations of the SMART goal acronym. How can this happen? No dictionary entry The SMART acronym is not in the dictionary, so you can’t just look it up. No

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What is SMART Anyway?

What is SMART Anyway?

As we mentioned yesterday, there are over 2 million potential definitions for SMART. Referencing only published works, I found: Twelve definitions for ‘S’ Seven for ‘M’ Thirty for ‘A’ Twenty-six for ‘R’, and Thirty-five for ‘T’. If, like me, you believe that ‘there can only be one’, we’ve got some

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Living in the Shadows

Living in the Shadows

Straight talk has never been easy. Describe a memory and someone will refute it. State the truth and no one wants to hear it. Make a prediction and we’ll only remember where you’re wrong. Give your opinion and half the audience gets pissed off. The safer choice – the one

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Two Million Definitions of SMART

The math is frightening. In my SMART goal research, I found: Twelve definitions for ‘S’ Seven for ‘M’ Thirty for ‘A’ Twenty-six for ‘R’, and Thirty-five for ‘T’. That creates the potential for more than two million different combinations: 12 x 7 x 30 x 26 x 35 = 2,

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SMART is the King of Goal Frameworks

SMART is the King of Goal Frameworks

While there are many frameworks that are intended to facilitate the goal writing process, SMART is – by a landslide – the ‘King’. Undisputed? Maybe not… But King? Yes. Without any doubt. How broadly accepted is it? A Google search for SMART goals will retrieve over 40 million results. A

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Failing Forward

Failing Forward

Angie and I recently returned from a 6-week trip to Singapore and India. It was an excellent trip – I got to work with fantastic people in my workshops, we caught up with old friends, we ate our favorite foods without putting on any extra weight, and the warm weather

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14 Goal Setting Frameworks That Aren’t SMART

14 Goal Setting Frameworks That Aren’t SMART

While I’m a champion for SMART as Hell goals, the SMART acronym (which states that goals should be Specific, Measurable, Aggressively Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound) is certainly not the only fish in the pond. There are plenty of other goal-setting frameworks out there. Let’s look at a few, with my

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Weight for it…

Weight for it…

Last year, I stepped on a scale at the doctors office, and heard him say, “192” as he scribbled on his pad. Me: “What?” Him: “192” Me: “Crap”. I hadn’t weighed myself in almost a year, so this was new information. 192 was about 20 pounds over my ‘living’ weight

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What Does the ‘T’ in SMART Stand For?

What Does the ‘T’ in SMART Stand For?

The SMART goal acronym is widely used, but – oddly enough – there is not clear alignment on what it actually means. In my research of more than 400 books that reference SMART goals, I’ve found a wide, wide range of definitions for each aspect of ‘SMART’. Here are 35

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Get Out of the Way

Get Out of the Way

Do you ever feel like life is a series of obstacles that are dumped in front of you on a daily basis? A gauntlet of red tape, distractions, and potholes? A crowd of complainers, bureaucrats, and ‘devils advocates’ hoping you crash and burn? I used to have days like that.

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A Graphic Guide to Writing SMART as Hell Goals

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A Graphic Guide to Writing SMART as Hell Goals

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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SMART as Hell Advice

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SMART as Hell Advice

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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Photo Jolts!

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Photo Jolts!

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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