Experts are Students Forever

At the insider bunch this week, I had the opportunity to briefly catch up with an Expert (working across the generations) friend of mine, Tim Moore. A couple of years ago Tim and I did a goal setting tag-team presentation at the BNC to a small group of entrepreneurs. It was then I learned about S.M.A.R.T. goals. My goal setting and achieving training aligned well, except for one thing which was the opposite of what I ‘knew’ and ‘felt’ inaccurate or out of harmony.

Tim presented S.M.A.R.T. goals and I presented mine. Recently I started seeing S.M.A.R.T. goals as a good ‘way’ to set goals. It came to me that it was the A (attainable) that was out of whack, from my point of view. The A is achievable and I have perfect faith that you really want to stretch and pick goals that you don’t know all the steps to do and that are really big dreams. And we never get an idea that we cannot achieve if we really want. it.

I wrote this blog, removing the A.!

In a high energy chat, Tim gave me a new information that all of a sudden had me shift my perspective on the spot about the A.

Learning requires putting aside your own perspective when you are ready to listen. It’s not about making one philosophy wrong and another ‘right.’ It’s about adopting the basis of other philosophies with which you resonate or feel in harmony with at that moment, adding them to your own, resulting in being a more well rounded and therefore more happy human being. The ‘student’ and lifelong learner in me instantly adopted this new distinction and broadened my knowledge base.

My love is micro business and entrepreneurial owners and their results. Tim was talking about corporate goal setting. I hadn’t even thought of that! Obviously they are two distinct markets where the A. may well be required.

While there is another layer to this conversation … for now, thanks to Tim’s open sharing, I am putting the A. back in S.M.A.R.T. goals!

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