Tuesday, January 24, 2017

ideas: a new SMART acronym

Podcast: Take Control of the New Year with Michael Hyatt - Evernote Blog

"Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Risky—this is a key idea here—and then finally Time-keyed.

Risky. Most people set their goals too low. Sometimes people translate the R into Realistic. Actually, that’s the worst thing you could possibly do if you want to follow through on a goal. All the research shows this. If you want to follow through on a goal, it needs to be harder, not easier. A goal that’s easy won’t command your attention. You need for it to be in your discomfort zone.

there are three zones: 
  • "comfort zone: Nothing hard about it. It’s forgettable.
    You don’t need a goal that’s in the comfort zone
  • discomfort zone: is when you begin to feel a little bit of fear, a little bit of uncertainty, a little bit of doubt. Those negative emotions are actually positive indicators that you’re on the right path, that this is something where you’re going to get a breakthrough result. Something where you’re going to experience something extraordinary.
  • delusional zone. This is where you set the goals so high that there’s no way that you could possibly accomplish it, or no way that you could accomplish it without sacrificing all the other areas of your life."
"Failure’s kind of overrated. One of the best ways to make progress is to fail and to fail fast."

“There’s no failure; there’s only feedback.” - John Maxwell

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