3 Reasons “SMART” Goal Setting Is Holding You Back

3 Reasons SMART Goal Setting Is Holding You Back

It all starts when you're in grade school...

How do you set a goal? Why, using the S.M.A.R.T. method of course!

For those of you who were home sick the million times your teacher went over this, S.M.A.R.T. stands for:






Apparently, this is the 'best' way to set a goal. Whether you're in school, or working on growing your business, S.M.A.R.T. goals will help you get it all figured out.

Well y'know what?

I'm calling bullshit!

S.M.A.R.T. goal setting is actually holding you back from achieving your goals (and that's kind of the point, right?), so I'm gonna break it down for you so you can re-group and start goal setting like someone who wants to achieve their goals!


#1 Where's The Hindsight?

Any goal setting rock star knows that effective goal setting starts with looking back!Click To Tweet

This isn't to dwell on the past, or see what didn't work, but instead to show you what you're capable of!

religiously use Leonie Dawson's Goal Planning Workbooks, and at least half of each year's book is about reflection on the previous year. I can honestly say that there has not been a single year that I have filled these out and not been surprised at what I saw!

Oftentimes we get so inside our business, and how we think we should be doing things, that we miss out on the opportunity to maximize on something that's already working well for us, and could do even better if we give it the right TLC!


#2 Stop 'Slow Cooking' Your Goals!

Sorry folks, this isn't some 'set it and forget it' infomercial deal where you write out what you want and it just sorta happens!

You need to be taking the time to review your goals on a regular basis, and updating them accordingly.

I always set goals for the week and check in daily, but for my major goals that I've put a Quarterly or even Yearly timeline on, I check in on the first of every month. 

This is a non-negotiable appointment I have with my goal planner, and I make sure that I set aside that time to review where I am in regards to the goals I set, if I'm on track, and if any changes need to be made if my direction has shifted a bit in the time between reviews.


#3 Stop Blocking Your Genius!

Achievable? Realistic? Why are we setting limits on the goals before we've even gotten started?!

3 Reasons SMART Goal Setting Is Holding You Back

I say kick those letters to the curb (maybe replace them with Hindsight and Review, although I'm aware S.H.M.R.T. doesn't exactly have the same ring to it!) and start dreaming BIG!

Don't worry about what you think is achievable.

Look at some of your biggest accomplishments so far...did you think you'd ever get that far beforehand?

Probably not, but you did it anyway!

Throw the limits out the window, and focus on what you WANT to achieve instead.

Next Steps...

Yup, homework!

I want you to take these 3 points and apply them to the goals you've set for yourself this week.

Look back at what you accomplished last week, set specific goals for yourself this week, and check in daily to keep yourself on track and adjust as needed.

How Will You Adjust Your Goal Setting Techniques To Make Them Work For You?
Tell me in the comments below!

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3 thoughts on “3 Reasons “SMART” Goal Setting Is Holding You Back

  1. Jules,
    I couldn’t stop shaking my head in agreement to everything you wrote as I was reading it. Right. On. Point.

    Love that you start off saying to look back on the accomplishments to remind ourselves of what are capable of achieving. *snap snap*

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