• Erin Dickson

How SMART Goals can lead to FAILURE


When I first began as a School Counselor, I kinda sucked. I created my little "SMART" goal lesson plan and had students develop goals before diving into the career planning process.

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When they got to the career planning, they were choosing paths that made sense for them and if they reached too high, like as a famous athlete or actress, I made sure to put them in their place.

"You need a back-up plan...less than 2% of athletes will become famous."

If they identified wanting to be a doctor, but were getting a C in Math or Science, I'd be sure to put them in their place.

Let's just say it. I sucked.

Truth be told, I didn't know any better. That's how I learned.

If you're like many, you will set your bar low enough to be successful. When you start feeling fear or doubt about your ability to make something BIG happen, you slip back into your comfort zone. There you will remain, until you truly understand that you have a CHOICE and can make shit happen IF you want it bad enough.

I've since abandoned SMART goals, for the most part. I stick with specific, measureable and time-based.

I've thrown achievable and relevant out the door. Kicked their ass to the curb, they're outdated and it's time for those two little words to leave the goal setting (DREAM building rather) process...

When kids tell me that their dream job is actually on the back-burner, because they don't think it's possible, then I make sure to tell them that there's NO chance of their dream happening IF they put it on the back-burner.

Your dream job and dream life need to be front and center. Don't give up until you're there, my friend.

Some our famous friends know how this works includingTom Brady, Chris Gardner, Jim Carey, JK Rowling, Bethany Hamilton, Oprah Winfrey...the list goes on.

If you don't believe you can, they you won't take the steps to get there.

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