Posted by Jay W. Curry

Today we are talking about How Smart Goals make for Smart Leaders.

Whatever your walk in life, whatever you want to achieve, setting SMART goals is fundamental to getting there. Earl Nightingale once said, “people with goals succeed because they know where they are going.” Smart Goals can make for Smart Leaders. But what do we mean by a “SMART” goal?

SMART is an acronym for how to make good, meaningful goals. So let’s go over the steps.


‘S’ is for Specific: when you set goals make them very specific to your objective.

‘M’ is for Measurable: Remember “What gets measured, gets done” you must be able to measure your progress and know where the finish line is.

‘A’ is for Attainable: Don’t set goals that can NEVER be accomplished. But, equally important, don’t set goals that are easily accomplished. Set goals that will stretch you to a higher achievement.

‘R’ is for Relevant: your goals must be relevant to your overall objective. Don’t work on goals that are not relevant to what you are trying to accomplish.

‘T’ is for Time-Bound: Every goal needs a beginning and an end. When will you start? How long do you have to accomplish the task? Endless goals are a folly.

If you will follow this simple acronym you will always set meaningful, relevant, and valuable stretch goals. Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound will make you a better leader in all aspects of your life.

Albert Einstein said, “If you want to be happy tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.”

Be a better leader; use SMART Goals! It is a TBR Best Business Practice.

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Jay W. Curry

Jay W. Curry

Along with hosting “Texas Business Radio”, Jay is a Professional Certified Coach and Master Chair facilitating four Houston-based Vistage peer groups. In addition to being a best selling non-fiction author, the 2015 release of his award winning novel, Nixon and Dovey: the Legend Returns, adds novelist to his title. Jay holds a BS in Mathematics from Oklahoma State and an MS in Computer Science from Kansas State. You can learn more about Jay HERE.

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