Death to SMART goals

My condolences to the inventor of SMART goals. You know the one who recommended we rally around projects that are Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic and Time based?


I can hear all you inspired changemakers shudder in unison.

If human beings only set sight on what they thought was achievable, we’d probably still be huddled around each other (cause even the concept of a fire would have been unrealistic) in a dark cave somewhere, trying to agree upon the words of kumbaya.

It is precisely the act of being completely unreasonable that makes inspired change possible.

When we think something is “impossible” it only means we can’t see the path from here to wherever we want to go. It doesn’t mean that it can’t be done.

Like finding the next Einstein in Africa.

Watch one of my role models Neil Turok express his Impossible Goal as a TED prize winning wish. He is a physicist by day grappling with the origins of the universe and humanitarian 24/7 setting up math and science centers of excellence in Africa.

This time, shudder with awe:

Create your IMPOSSIBLE GOALS list.

The only criterion: The goals must be what you really really want – so unreasonable and inspiring that they send a chill down your spine.

It’s an uncanny law of nature – its easier to get what we really want than what we convince ourselves we can get.

All we have to do is take the next step and keep tinkering!