SMART goals are those which follow the rules of the acronym; that is, they are (S)pecific, (M)easurable, (A)chievable/attainable, (R)elevant, and (T)ime-bound. 

The system is very useful in simplifying goal-setting into a more exact science, and stops us from the type of fanciful thinking that leads to unrealistic goals. Sometimes, however, you need fanciful thinking; sometimes you need to go beyond SMART goals and scale a 19,000-foot mountain in less than a day. 

For Martin Parnell, our guest in episode #056, that mountain was Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. For you, the “mountain” could represent any challenge that seems impossible to climb, like an enormous work directive with limited time. 

Martin explains approach of a person who has overcome many challenges that initially seemed impossible, letting us in on some of the content usually reserved for his exclusive clients.


Martin-Parnell

Martin Parnell    

Through his "Quests for Kids" initiative, Martin Parnell has completed 10 quests, which include running 250 marathons in one year and setting five Guinness World Records in endurance events, as well as summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 21 hours. By the end of 2014, he had raised over $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play, giving over 27,000 children a better chance at life.

Martin's book 'Marathon Quest' was published by Rocky Mountain Books, and CBC Radio listed him as one of Alberta's top five authors in 2014. His second book, 'Running to the Edge' was released in November 2016. The final book of The Marathon Trilogy, titled 'The Secret Marathon-Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport' was released in October of 2018.

Through keynotes and workshops, Martin shares his message: Finish the Race Attitude – setting goals and overcoming obstacles to unlock your potential.  He is married to Sue, and has three children and three grandchildren.

You Can get in touch with Martin Parnell at http://www.martinparnell.com/home/.
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