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What Does the ‘R’ in SMART Stand For?

What Does the ‘R’ 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 26

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How Wonderful It Is…

How Wonderful It Is…

Attitude is – literally – everything. What is your attitude to the statement, “Attitude is – literally – everything”? Did you roll your eyes as you read it? Did you think, “Great. Another overly-optimistic Pollyanna who thinks that everything can be conquered by the power of positive thinking”? Or did

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What Does the ‘A’ in SMART Stand For?

What Does the ‘A’ 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 30

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Are You Lost?

Are You Lost?

There are two ways to be lost. Either you don’t know where you are currently; or you don’t know where you’re going. These two conditions create four different situations (five, if you’re Buddhist or a closet philosopher…): Lost at Sea: You don’t know where you are currently, and you don’t

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SMART as Hell Video: Using SMARTsteps to Conquer Steep Goals

SMART as Hell Video: Using SMARTsteps to Conquer Steep Goals

Creating goals that are both ‘Aggressive’ and ‘Attainable’ is one of the greatest challenges we face in our personal and professional lives. According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s ‘Flow’ theory: If the goal is more Aggressive than Attainable, we’ll get frustrated. If the goal is more Attainable than Aggressive, we’ll get bored.

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What Does the ‘M’ in SMART Stand For?

What Does the ‘M’ 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 7

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What’s Your Candle?

What’s Your Candle?

Confucius, like many great men, didn’t tolerate whiners or complainers. It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. – Confucius This is, of course, the mantra of the self-relient achiever. Some of us are programmed to think this way. You can recognize us by the phrase, “Why

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What Does the ‘S’ in SMART Stand For?

What Does the ‘S’ 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 12

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Can Meaning Exist Without Goals?

Can Meaning Exist Without Goals?

It’s Monday. Let’s get existential. We could start by asking if there is any value to naming one day ‘Monday’ while another day is named ‘Thursday’, but let’s start with something a bit more practical. Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching

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Defining Credibility is SMART as Hell

Defining Credibility is SMART as Hell

Specificity is at the heart of creating goals, actions, decisions, communications – even a life – that is SMART as Hell. Too much of life revolves around vagueness, guesswork, and general confusion. Hey, I like mystery as much as the next guy – especially if the next guy is Sherlock

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Killing Time

Killing Time

How many times have you heard or used the phrase “I’m just killing time”? My wife Angie hates that expression almost as much as when I say that I’ve “done” a place – like, “We’ve already done New York” or “been there, done that”. She feels that both phrases trivialize

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Evaluating A Meal

Evaluating A Meal

Any mealtime provides the perfect time – and place – to reflect on your evaluation methods, skills, and tools. As an example, a few weeks ago, Angie and I had dinner at Singapore’s PS Cafe in Ann Siang Hill. As I keep writing on this blog, we all evaluate. Additionally,

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The Path to Ruin

The Path to Ruin

Do you have trouble saying ‘no’? While being a ‘yes man’ is almost always seen as negative, we do have a tendency to reward “can-do” behavior. We don’t have a lot of language that celebrates the “can’t-do” or “won’t-do” personality. That said, there’s a strong case to be made for

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Evaluating Your Evaluations

Evaluating Your Evaluations

Evaluation is a fundamental part of our lives. We evaluate ourselves and others. Others evaluate us. We often seek evaluation. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, there are four types of evaluation: Intuition: Using words to evaluate output or products. Deliberation: Using words to evaluation the competencies or criteria that

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Something to Grow Into

Something to Grow Into

Why do people set wimpy goals? I mean, I get why people set wimpy work goals – because missing the goals will impact their salary and bonus. And I get why people don’t share big goals with others – they’re afraid of looking stupid if they miss them. But there’s

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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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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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