For as many years as I have participated in the IEP, IPP, ISP, IHP development process, goals have been the cornerstone in creating a “good plan” for the person that we were serving.  We have been trained and taught many others in the development of those goals by using the acronym S.M.A.R.T.

We began writing goals for ourselves using the S.M.A.R.T.  model.  It is so simple, just be S.M.A.R.T. and you would develop a pretty decent goal.

Everyone remember;

S . = Specific

M.= Measurable

A.= Achievable

R.= Realistic

T.= Time bound.

Maybe, just maybe, we have been writing goals all wrong!

Recently I was presented the opportunity to listen to personal development trainer, Brendon Burchard, founder of the High Performance Academy  speak about goal setting and why we should consider writing goals from a different perspective.  Burchard contends that we should be D.U.M.B. when writing goals.  Burchard believes that goals written with the S.M.A.R.T.  model are deficit based and we need to be bolder than that. So he challenged us to set some D.U.M.B. goals.  Let me attempt to explain.

D. = Dream big, destiny driven – what would be the ideal, magical thing in life that you want to achieve?

U.= Uplifting, it has to be compelling, attractive, important to you and positive. Phrase it in a way that is so positive that you can’t wait to get started and get there, focus on the gain.

M. = Method friendly.  Method is the map, a set of practices you want to repeat. Consider what practices can be created around the dream that allows it to happen easier.

B. = Behavior driven, what behaviors/actions happen now that can become the trigger for the new behavior/action/ that you want to develop?   You have many established routines, which of those can you attach the new behavior/action to so it is the “trigger” that steps you forward in reaching your dream.

So, dream big, be bold, develop some big hairy audacious D.U.M.B. goals.