‘Tis the season to be jolly. ‘Tis also the season to be setting goals for the new year. The one goal-setting framework that almost all of us succumb to is S.M.A.R.T. This framework implies that if your goals are not specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time specific, then it is not worthy.
Yet you must have set so many SMART goals that were ironically not so smart because you didn’t get anywhere with it despite your best efforts. And you never understood why. You may even have spent a great deal of energy beating yourself up for it.
I too have gone through the disempowering experience of chasing after a SMART goal only to have failed. Then a motivational guru told me that there are no failures, only feedback. Change your strategy and get back on track. And off I went onto another cycle of SMART goal. Some I have achieved, but many more I have just given up on.