People,  who have written goals, get results 30% above all others. To make it work, follow a few simple rules. First, there is should be one big goal.

The goal should be in the SMART criteria. The goal must be Specific (not “Go somewhere in the mountains”, but “Climb to the top of the Mont Blanc”). The goal must be Мeasurable (“Going to the mountains somewhere” is too vague. “Climbing the summit of Mont Blanc” is a fact that can be established. “Earn $ 1 million” is a fact that can be measured). The goal must be Achievable, Appropriate to your resources and capabilities.

Goals may be at the limit of your abilities, but they should be, at least theoretically, achievable. The goals of “Fly to the Moon” or “Set a world record in 100 meters,” are beyond the reach of most people. In addition, the goal should be interesting to you, igniting you enough to move towards it.

The goal must be defined in Time. If you have not determined when you should climb Mont Blanc, you will most likely not find yourself there. After the goal is defined, it must be decomposed. We determine which key tasks need to be solved in order for the goal to be achieved.

In the case of Mont Blanc, it can be — to improve physical shape (run 10 km. in less than an hour), find  team (may be two, or  three friends or colleagues to join), buy a plane ticket and book a room in a hotel in Chamonix.

When it comes to business goals (for example, to reach a certain level of profit), if you work with a team, you need to determine the responsibilities, to set up control.

What is important to remember. Sometimes, in the way, the goal loses its relevance. You have the right to correct the Goal or replace it with another.

Those who have goals and the path to goals on paper, get results 30% better and 50% more often reach the goals than everyone else. The process of setting up a big business goal and its decomposition into the tasks and steps is Strategic Planning.

You can get a strategic planning checklist here