Want to live it forward into your full potential? Then set SMART goals. But don’t set SMART goals in a vacuum. Be sure you play up too!

Smart Goals - Full Potential

Let’s start with SMART goals. What are SMART goals? A SMART goals template like the one below states the best goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

But did you know you can use this SMART goals template and still set stupid goals? This is where understanding the play up strategy really pays off.

Don’t Set Stupid SMART Goals. Play Up First!

What does it mean to play up? It means rubbing shoulders with individuals who are well beyond you either professionally or personally. It means learning all you can from them in order to live it forward into your full potential. It might require attending a conference just to meet a particular person. It will definitely require buying meals for successful people in order to pick their brains (and make sure to pick up the check as well).

The play up strategy has paid huge dividends for me personally and professionally. Here’s just one example…

A few years ago I attended a conference for the express purpose of meeting another attendee who was a speaker in an industry I was interested in serving. Before the conference began, I asked this individual if I could buy him dinner and ask him questions about his business. Our dinner lasted several hours and the more he told me his story, the more I could visualize my future as being similar to his journey. I took pages of notes, then after dinner I stayed up until 2 AM setting SMART goals based on what I learned from this guy.

Fast-forward just three years. I was a well-established speaker in the same industry. Why? I didn’t set SMART goals in a vacuum. I invested a significant amount of money to attend a conference just to meet another attendee. Through that experience, I learn how to play up to his level. This one strategy kept me for setting stupid SMART goals and saved me years of trial and error.

Want to live it forward into your full potential? Then don’t set SMART goals in a vacuum. Make sure to play up first!


Question: What could you do in the next 30 days to play up before you set your SMART goals?