Setting Goals for Life Changing Results

Life Balance iconGoal setting is a lot of fun, but sometimes it can be intimidating. I know in my past when I have been part of a large group, a program or a Mastermind I find I can become easily overwhelmed by possibilities. There are so many options, so many choices. What do I want? What do I not want? How fast do I want to get there? Is it measurable? Then, if you’re brain happens to function like mine, I start wondering if “MY goals” are like other people’s goals…? Are we goal setting the same way? Are my goals as good as someone else’s? Are my financial goals for my business realistic or a stretch? What about family goals? Does everyone create family goals? Can you even imagine the way my brain was going on misfire?

To be honest with you, I never “set SMART goals” before I started my business. Never had a clue as to what they even were. Sure I would have a goal to take certain college courses. Or to buy a car by a certain date. But I never realized I actually had the option and the choice to create my own unique individual desires.

As exciting as it is to sit down with a piece of paper, a pen and your vision, for me it could become stressful too. I like examples, or situations. What are other people planning for the next year or 3 months? Examples give me something to “start with”.

So what I have learned over the past three years is that there are specific areas in my life that I want to Grow in. And by identifying these areas in my life, I have a basis and starting point with which to work with. It’s through this structure that I am less overwhelmed, as it gives me guidance and structure.

I hope this serves you in your life as well so you can assess your current level of happiness in each of these areas and then focus on getting from here…to there. (In business speak, we call this the GAP analysis!)

Under each of the following categories, I’ll identify 3 measurable attainable (with a bit of a stretch) goals for life and business improvement.  Here are a few ideas to help YOU get started.

The areas I list below are those that everyone can look to focus on.

  • Personal Development

What books do I want to read? What seminar might I be interested in? What new personal development practice might fuel my soul?

  • Relationship

Which relationships in my life do I need to focus more time into? Am I putting aside enough time to nurture my close friendships? Perhaps I need to focus on being calmer in my relationship as a mother and not allow daily clutter to bother me so much. J (or not!)

  • Self-Care

Am I getting as much exercise as my body craves? Do I get to dance often enough? Am I taking out time on a regular basis to just sit, relax and enjoy the beauty nature has to often?

  • Education (that’s for the geek in me!)

What program do I want to invest in for my future? How can I gain more knowledge in my area and filed of business? What books do I want to read? What certificate or degree perhaps do I want to achieve?

  • Career/Business Goals

What do I want to accomplish over the next “x” months? How many new clients do I look forward to serving? What do I need to do to get from point A to point B?

  • Financial Goals

Think about savings? College tuition? Income increases. Secondary revenue streams.

With each of these areas of focus choose your top 3 goals in each area you want to measure changes or improvement. Allow yourself the time and space to really evaluate, envision and make these decisions from the heart.

Without the map you’ll never know where you’re going and you’ll never know where you want to go till you allow yourself to reflect and decide.

Kellyann Schaefer About Kellyann Schaefer

A skilled, “multi-tasking” mother of four, Kellyann Schaefer is the owner of Task Complete, a personal assistance, errand and concierge service. Kelly made a career in nursing for many years as a Registered Nurse. During her tenure as a nurse, she honed her organizational skills and became adept at balancing a busy household while administering compassionate care to her patients. She began witnessing an epidemic of burn out - burn out amongst not only nurses and medical professionals, but within her community as well. Too many people taking on too many responsibilities and leaving no time for themselves or their spouses. Many having no one to turn to for support or assistance. In business today, she upholds a mission of giving families and busy professionals reliable and compassionate assistance so they can meet the demands of everyday life and live a life of purpose...on purpose! Learn how Kellyann and Task Complete can support you in doing less and living more. Visit

  • Great post Kellyann. Wonderful to see you sharing your wisdom with the Aspire community. I love to think of my goals as dreams with a deadline!

  • Cindy

    Kelly, Appreciate your honest comments about SMART goals.

  • Kelley Grimes

    These are great categories to get started setting goals Kelly. SMART goals are empowering because they stretch us but are not out of reach. Thank you so much for sharing your insights!

  • Good advice! I’m a huge fan of goal-setting. Spelling it out like you did is mighty helpful for those who feel a bit intimidated or overwhelmed by it.

  • Dorothy Pang

    I love how you apply this philosophy to different life areas. So often we neglect our health and our self development and self care! Thanks for including these areas.

  • Lori Nash Byron

    Ooo, I love love goal setting! The way that you’ve broken out the different life areas and offered examples in each is so helpful, Kelly. It takes away the overwhelm.

  • Sarah Schwab

    This is great Kelly. There is a lot of information out there about HOW to set goals, but they are often focused on business or career exclusively. We are *whole people* and it is great that you highlighted areas like personal development, self care, and relationships ABOVE business or financial goals. Thanks for keeping our priorities straight while working to achieve our goals!