Beyond SMART: Goal Setting for a Professional Speaker
If there’s one thing we know about goals, they have to be SMART, right?
After all, that’s what we’ve been told for years. The only thing that matters is that your goals are Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
While that looks great on paper—and clearly it’s easy to remember—it doesn’t go far enough for those who want to achieve important things.
Think about it. Do you want to be stuck with “attainable” and “realistic” goals when what you really dream about is a 3-day workweek, frequent international travel, and enough money to fund a mission trip (or three). Seems pretty clear that those safe, smart goals aren’t going to get you there.
In fact, they might even do worse than simply “not get you there.” They may actively hold you back.
Consider what happens when you set an “attainable” goal of speaking 10% more than you did last year. You might work 10% more. You might spend 10% more on ads or product creation. You might even reach out to 10% more potential clients.
And you’ll likely speak about 10% more.
“Not bad!” you say. After all, that was your goal.
Rather than focusing on goals that are attainable and realistic, savvy speakers know that the key to incredible success lies in creating lofty goals that feel out of reach—maybe even UN-attainable.
They don’t strive to speak 10% more than last year. They want 50% or even 100% more speaking gigs. They stretch themselves. Growth happens outside the comfort zone.
When you shun the attainable in favor of the “holy cow, how will I ever do THAT?” goal, you push yourself beyond those self-imposed limits. This requires you reaching out to others, building a support system, thinking outside your usual box, learning new skills, and being resourceful.
Push your boundaries. Set big, audacious goals. Even if you fail, you’ll be much further ahead than those smart goals would leave you.
You only live once. So live it well.
When Stacy Pederson is not attempting to fly through the air in tights herself, she can be found in Colorado where she is a Humorist and Funny Motivational Speaker with a chronic Thai Food / Netflix binge habit. Check out more of Stacy’s story: http://stacypederson.info/about at StacyPederson.com