OK so let’s follow the standard procedure and set up some SMART objectives.
Actually there is only 1 objective:
To become AWESOME.
A person whose deeds, presence, and legacy inspires awe in others.
Is this SMART?
S: Specific – reasonably specific. I didn’t use the word ‘amazing’ (not emphatic enough) or ‘great’ (pah! vanilla) or ‘fabulous’ (too glamorous), all of which have their merits, but are not AWESOME.
M: Measurable – tricky. I could do this by:
- Self-assessment –> too dependent on my mood/hormones/arrogance level on the day.
- Other’s judgement –> maybe I need to produce a questionnaire. It could be as simple as “On a scale of 1-10, how awesome would you say I was?” Conceited, much? Would also require a representative dataset, say 1000. I don’t even know 1000 people. Yet.
- Prizes/awards/qualifications –> …that are generally awarded to people widely agreed to be awesome . This could be a knighthood (or female equivalent), a Nobel prize, a sainthood, or Forbes magazine (although this only tells me if I am rich; consider suggesting new AI [Awesomeness Index] to Forbes editor in chief). Really this is just a subset of previous bullet point.
- Followers of this blog exceeds (for example) 3 million –> Although this doesn’t necessarily mean I have become awesome, that would be rather a lot of readers, so that in itself would be quite nice.
A: Achievable –> yes. I think so. Why not?
R: Realistic –> see above.
T: Time limited –> meaning I have to set myself a deadline. Well let’s see, this whole job is probably heavy going, so let’s say I should be awesome by the age of 50 years. That’s ages away. 23 years is enough to get my act together, right??