Beyond SMART Goals: How to Build Better Results

Beyond SMART GoalsJust about everyone has used some version of SMART goals. This is a mnemonic acronym for setting goals that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time bound

Using the SMART system makes it easier to stay on track and accomplish key success factors.

But there are problems with using the SMART goal-setting system. SMART goals fail when people rush toward decisions simply because they have a high need for closure.

In the rush to check a goal off a list, some personalities make mistakes such as denying, misinterpreting, or suppressing information that is inconsistent with the requirements for a task.

To many people, it can feel so good to achieve a goal that they are unwilling to sacrifice the pleasure of satisfaction even when it is clearly a mistake.

Here’s how to avoid the flaws of SMART goals and soar to high performance.

This article explores setting goals and suggests using criteria that include SMART and stretch goals to help you live up to your highest potential.

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The complete article includes these important concepts:

  • Personalities and the need for closure
  • How did goals evolve?
  • When SMART goals get stupid
  • The SMART solution: stretch goals


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