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Forget SMART Goals - Use DUMBDUMB Goals Instead

William Batten, Content Copywriter, Hypnotist

Forget SMART Goals - Use DUMBDUMB Goals Instead

William Batten, Content Copywriter, Hypnotist

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12 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. IntroDUMBtion

    • 2. What are SMART Goals

    • 3. Problems with SMART Goals

    • 4. D is for Doable

    • 5. U is for Useful

    • 6. M is for Measurable

    • 7. B is for Beliefs and Values

    • 8. D is for Desire

    • 9. U is for Undertaking

    • 10. M is for Mighty

    • 11. B is for Bound in Time

    • 12. DUMBDUMB Goals in a Nutshell

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About This Class

“If you want to set a goal, make it a SMART Goal!”

Pssh, why would I do that?

The SMART Goal system is a terrible framework - riddled with redundancies, significant oversights and a boring name.

Enter your planning saviour: DUMBDUMB Goals.

Unlike SMART Goals, DUMBDUMB goals:

  • eliminate trivial or even harmful goals,
  • force you to make a realistic plan and stick to it,
  • align with what you really want out of life,
  • encourage you to push yourself and really grow,
  • use - not ignore - your instincts and intuition.

Learn the eight elements of great short-term and long-term goals.

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William Batten

Content Copywriter, Hypnotist


William T Batten is a Content Copywriter for the Coaching & Hypnotherapy Industries. He is also a certified master conversational hypnotist and a qualified Learning & Development practitioner. This gives him a unique approach to marketing, training and change work.

If you're looking to transform yourself, your employees or your clients, he's the one to talk to.

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1. IntroDUMBtion: Hello, my name is William T baton, and I'm recording this on New Year's Eve 2020. Now Tis the season of people thinking about their New Year's resolutions, what their future is going to hold, how can they make the next year. So, so good. And of course, when people start thinking in these terms, often they'll bring up smart goals. You've probably heard it a 100 times in your life. Smart goals are the way to do it. Smart goals are the way to plan for anything for the future. And if you're doing anything else than smart goals, then you're shackled yourself, you're humbling yourself, and there's a good chance that you'll get nowhere. Well, I'm here to tell you that smart goals are a terrible way of planning things. They're absolutely awful. I'm going to dump some horror on them and leave it at that. I'm going to show you a framework which captures all of the good parts of smart goals and gets rid of all of the many bad things with it. I call them dum, dum goals because I like to be ironic and contrarian like that. And I am going to show you how dumb down goals will change your life. 2. What are SMART Goals: So if you haven't heard of smart goals before, then smart is an acronym. And what it saying is that you should make goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. And people will tell you that without this framework, you will have no real plan. You'll have no real structure to your goals. But I'm going to tell you that we've been with this smart framework. The goals that you set are at best going to be lackluster. Smart goals have so many problems with them that get between you and what it is you're actually trying to achieve. 3. Problems with SMART Goals: So smart goals sound pretty good, right? Like who wouldn't want a goal that specific rather than a vague one? Who wouldn't want one that's achievable rather than one that's impossible. Now, I'll admit that those are good things, but they don't make up for the many, many problems that smart goals have. The first of which is that the acronym is absurdly redundant. The first, the first letter is specific, and then the second one is measurable. You can't have a goal that's measurable and not specific. That's what measuring is. There practically synonyms of a Java. I mean, surely you could have something that's specific and maybe not measurable, I guess. But as soon as you're able to measure it, it becomes specific. Also achievable, and realistic. Again, those are synonyms. Now, to be fair, some people use the mean and relevant and not realistic, but I punch it into Google earlier. I still saw most results coming back achievable and realistic. But if you've got two redundancies in a, a five element list, something has gone horribly wrong with your planning and your acronym. Another problem is that terrible goals can fit the smart framework. For example, you could say you could decide that you are going to eat five cheeseburgers for lunch today? Well, that's specific, measurable, achievable or seemingly brought the appetite for it. And there's an element of time in there. Now maybe it's not relevant to your goals, but it certainly is realistic. But even, even if you choose a goal that sounds good, it can still go horribly wrong. So forget about the five cheeseburgers. You could say that you're going to hit the gym five times a day. Now, is that specific? Yeah. Is it measurable yet? Is it achievable? For some people? Is it relevant to the goal of fitness? Absolutely. And there's an element of time in there too. It's time-bound. But going to the gym five times a day probably isn't good for you. Assuming you don't injure yourself. That's a lot of time that you're investing in the gym, yet it fits the smart framework perfectly. You can also create really weak goals with the smart framework. For example, I am going to increase my vegetable intake by one serving per month. It's like greater ticks all the boxes. But who cares? That's such a lackluster goal that it's not even worth the effort of thinking about. This. Nothing in the smart framework that captures your emotions or your gut response or your instincts. So for example, you could come up with a smart goal. Let's say it's to become a millionaire within 12 months. And as you come up with that, some part of you is just screaming, no, no, no, no. I don't want that or this something off about that audit. It just doesn't feel right, then the smart framework cannot help you. There's no element in there that's going to capture this sort of this intuition that you really shouldn't ignore when it comes to creating all of these goals. And finally, there's no real plan with it. I mean, the TCE as time-bound. Sure. So with the example of become a millionaire within 12 months, you could fill it with smart goal and then just do nothing for 11 months. And then in the last month, hope that you win the lottery or sell a business or something. There's no real plan to this goal is very loose. It's very, very easy for you to neglect it once you've started it. 4. D is for Doable: Let's begin talking about dom, dom goals. The first d is for doable. Now this is going to be familiar to anyone who knows smart goals already. This is the achievable, this is the realistic as the sort of the sort of check to make sure that this is something that you could plausibly actually do. If your plan is to lose a 100 kilos and awake, That's not going to happen. If your plan is to make a million dollars in a week, unless you already have a billion dollars, it's probably not gonna happen either. This is a quick sanity check to make sure that your goal is something that a person in your circumstances is actually likely to accomplish once you set your minds to it. 5. U is for Useful: Now the first U stands for useful, is the goal. Something that is going to be useful for you to achieve? Once you accomplish it, is it going to advance your vision, is going to enrich your life, isn't going to improve your circumstances in some way. And this is where that goal about in one extra vegetable a month. For flat. You want something that's going to make a meaningful and positive impact in your life. So quickly check, is your goal useful? 6. M is for Measurable: And the first m stands for measurable. Is your goal something where you'll be able to definitely know when you have achieved it? Or is it something that's more subjective? For example, feel happier, is very hard to verify. But you could count the number of days that you go where you're feeling pretty good throughout most of the day. Or you could count the number of times you're feeling down and get that below a certain level. Measurability is your way of letting you know you are on track to achieve this goal. 7. B is for Beliefs and Values: The first b stands for beliefs and values. Now this is so important when you're setting goals, even for short-term things, but especially for the long-term things. Because you might be tempted to set as your goal that you are going to ascend the corporate hierarchy. You're gonna get the fancy job with the fancy title, the company car, that big salary. But that might not be who you really are. You might respect and appreciate freedom more. In which case, joining some large organization and rising to the top might not get you the freedom that you want. You could get from starting your own business or joining a small team. And you might not even value money all that much. You might value family and experiences and quality time we're contributing to your community. If those things are what really resonate with you, then having a goal that goes against that isn't a smart thing to do. So make sure that your goal really taps into an alliance with all of you. Your strongest beliefs and values. 8. D is for Desire: This brings us to the second D, which is what desire is the goal, something that you're really excited about that makes you just so passionate when you think about it, that you just can't wait to get started. You can't wait to accomplish it. If it's a sort of goal where it's like, yeah, like be nice to have. Is that really a goal worth setting? Now if sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, sure, but if you have the choice between something that you just kind of okay about and something that is gets you so excited. And why wouldn't you choose the one that makes you feel that desire to achieve it? 9. U is for Undertaking: And the second you is for undertaking. When you think about your goal is to lose a bunch of weight, get in shape, make a bunch of money, whatever it is. It's really nice to think about how good it will feel. Once you achieve that. It also makes sense to have a plan with your goal is not just some far off destination, needs to be something that you're actively work towards. This is what the undertaking is all about. If you want to establish your own business, say, over the next 12 months, then figure out what you need to do by when thinking about how much time it will take to create that business. And then schedule that time. In. Schedule, learning what you'll need to learn, schedule, writing, what you'll need to write, like make a plan so that every week that goes by, you are advancing towards your dum, dum goal. Relentlessly. Always moving forward. 10. M is for Mighty: And the second M stands for mighty. Is this something that's going to push you? Is this something that's going to force you to grow, to evolve, to explore the limits of what you're capable of isn't something that's going to have a real impact in the world. Is it something that once you achieve it, you'll be so much stronger, healthier wires or rich or whatever it is is it's something that is worthy of ambition. 11. B is for Bound in Time: And the second B, the last element of the dom, dom goals is bounded in time, which I'll admit I'm forcing the acronym there, whatever, not apologizing for that. Bounding things in time means setting a deadline. Means saying that once I've reached this point, I will have either a, achieves this goal or I'll know I have a lot more work to do. Maybe rethink the goal entirely, Maybe doubled down and really invest hard so that I can achieve this. Because without a, an NSDate, without a point in the future where this would have happened. It's not a goal, it's a wish. So if you can say that over the next three years you will achieve something, then you know, you are going to achieve it within those three years. 12. DUMBDUMB Goals in a Nutshell: So I trust that you can see by this point how much better dumbed down goals are then smart goals. Don't dumb goals that doable. They're useful. They are measurable. They align with your beliefs and values. They fill you with such desire, with such passion that you know, you really want to achieve this with the undertaking. You have a plan on how you'll get there. They're mighty enough to challenge you, inspire you, and get you invigorated. And there are bounded in time to give you a deadline to work towards. Use them and use them well. And I trust that you'll create a much better system for achieving your goals. When you get rid of the smart way of doing things and you embrace the DOM down way.