Business loving, acronym fools love to preach the merits of setting S.M.A.R.T goals:
Specific: Target a specific area for improvement.
Measurable: Quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
Assignable: Specify who will do it.
Realistic: State what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
Time-related: Specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
This 4th & 5th of July, I should have received a trophy, a ribbon and my name on a plaque for the achievement of my S.M.A.R.T goals. If I had had to submit a goal proposal, it would have read something like this:
Specific: I would like to make a cherry pie.
Measurable: I would like to make one pie and eat a hamburger and corn on the cob on a sunny deck. I would like to see at least one fireworks display.
Assignable: I will make a pie. Chris will grill organic, grass-fed, free-range, hand-formed hamburgers. Thommy will make a patriotic gathering to keep the party going. Dana will make sure my minty bourbon cup runneth over. The city will fire off smiley faces and weeping willows and saturns over the rivers and bridges.
Realistic: I’m ambitious. I will achieve all of these goals!
Time-related: These goals shall transpire for the 4th of July, and while we’re at it, let’s just keep going on the 5th and then lazily enjoy waffles on the 6th, while basking in the glory of our goal achievement.
Baaaaaaam! Success! Woooooohoooooo!
[this might be why I don’t work for corporate America]
Did you achieve all your Independence Day goals every so smartly?
Ever so ambitiously yours,
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