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What is Smart?

Let us see it from a layman’s point of view (an excerpt from the book):

What is SMART?

Firstly, SMART.  When we say “the boy is so smart,” there is the connotation of clever, brilliant, ingenious, knowing, bright, intelligent, knowledgeable, intellectual, witty, brainy, sharp, talented, gifted, dexterous, able, etc.  What it means is “great, you know how to do this.”  It is an over-generalization of one’s capability, a localized perspective that one can accomplish this task; if the task changes, there is no guarantee that similar results will achieve.  Sometimes, it is about self-fulfilling prophesy, to douse upon oneself that affirmation that the child is nothing but brilliant.

In the book written by Euny Hong, “The power of Nunchi,” she refers to the No-Nunchi archetype 6: The ones who take all compliments too literally.   Most of the time, parents are protective of their children.  Whatever the kid does, the parents will rejoice.  The parents will find it surprising and start to use videos to record the moments.  Euny wrote, “On the other hand, it is possible that your friends and family love your writing because they love you, and that means they are not the best to judge your talent.

SMART in management is: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.  Specific refers to a crystal clear goal(s) with no ambiguity.  If the goal cannot be measured, we will not be able to know if we have improved (or de-proved).  With direct referencing to T (Timely), one has to decide if the goad is achievable within the given timeframe, and this is A for Achievable.  Do not fathom of going to the center of the earth when you have not even mastered the art of getting up at 5 am. (just kidding). What I meant is that the goal has to be realistic and within your capability.  And lastly, as mentioned above, timely is setting a time boundary that will coax you into accomplishing your goal.

Isn’t it smart to follow SMART?  Well, not so.  Many failed at S (Specific) as their goals can be ambiguous.  “I want to save the World.”  When you are chosen on a space mission to fire nuclear warheads at an earth-approach meteorite, I will kowtow to you. 

Baby Steps Anime Eiichirō Maruo, a first-year honor student, one day decides he is unhappy with the way things are and lacks exercise. He finds a flyer for the Tennis Club and decides to check it out. He is instantly captivated by it. With no prior experience and poor physical conditioning, he embarks on a tennis journey using his smarts, dedication and work ethic. He uses his inherent studious nature to develop an extremely strategic approach to tennis, taking notes on the habits and tendencies of his opponents thus allowing him to predict their shots before they make them.

Tip: Start with a small goal. 

The first step to complete a marathon is not about getting the latest air-cushioned shoes; it can be about doing walks around the neighborhood, walking up the stairs daily to improve your stamina gradually.

Baby Steps- a term coined to “an act that makes a tiny amount of progress towards achieving something” by the Cambridge dictionary.  If you are a fan of anima, Baby Steps (ベイビーステップ) by Hikaru Katsuki, winning at the 38th Kodansha Manga Award in the Best Shōnen Manga category, with 47 volumes published as of 15 December 2017 .

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