If you’ve ever read anything related to success and achievement, you’ve probably come across the idea of Goal Setting. More often than not, the conversation revolves around what are called SMART goals. This is an acronym for goals that are:
In this video, Brendon’s core message is that a focus on SMART goals limits us to setting “realistic” goals that fail to inspire the human spirit. Instead, he suggests, we should set our sights much higher and focus on “moonshot” goals. Think changing the world. Think putting a man on the moon. Think serving millions of people.
Think DUMB Goals. According to Brendon, these are goals that are:
I have mixed feelings on this. There’s no doubt that Brendon is an amazing public speaker. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious. As I watched the video, I could feel the energy surging through my body. That alone was well worth the 12 minutes it took to watch the video.
Still, his suggestion to establish lofty, unrealistic, “moonshot” goals doesn’t sit right with me. I agree that we need to set goals that inspire us to take consistent, daily action and persevere through the inevitable challenges and setbacks along the way. But my experience and research tells me setting goals that are too far out of reach is a recipe for failure.
But that’s just me. What’s your take on it?