Super Simple Goal Setting Toolkit

Ready to take 2015 by storm? Me too!

I’m going to share some seriously simple tools I use to:

  • understand where I am,
  • see where I want to go
  • and establish goals to get me there.

I believe in this method so much that I use these exact tools with all of my clients too.

But first, a poem.

marianne williamson poem


Are you feeling pumped yet? Let’s do this!


Step 1

First, settle into a place of non-judgement. For some folks, meditation is the key. Sometimes having a glass of vino or bubbly can help… I’m not here to judge.

Next, it’s imperative we evaluate the current situation. Meet, The Circle Of Life.

circle of life iin

Print this image (or draw a copy), then place a dot on the line in each category to indicate your personal level of satisfaction within each area. The center represents dissatisfaction and the periphery indicates complete satisfaction. Connect the dots to see your unique Circle of Life.

Then use this to identify imbalances and determine what areas need more time and energy.

I try to stop and notice where I think I’m already doing well too… a little pat on the back is nice, even when it’s from your own hand.


Step 2

After understanding where we are, we can better see where we want to go.  This means it’s time to set goals. But, let’s be SMART about it.

smart goals


Step 3

This one can feel a bit scary at first. But I’ve found it so helpful and empowering to share my goals with friends & loved ones. I’ve even had clients share that simply saying their goals aloud can be helpful.

The benefits here are:

  • Allowing others the opportunity to participate in your success
  • Inspiring others
  • Recognizing conflicting intentions
  • Stretching the imagination

Not all goals need to be treated the same way. For example, I say spirituality goals aloud, share career goals with my mentors and discuss relationship goals with loved ones.

Another tip I’ve learned from my clients is to put my goals in an order based on their due date (1 month, 3 months, 6 months, etc) & then to put them somewhere I’ll see them. Some ideas for this are: bathroom mirror, fridge, computer desktop image or vision board.

goals on fridge

Do you have any NYE traditions around goal setting or visualizing intentions? Did I miss any tips?


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  • Hi Laura,
    Thanks for stopping by blog today, and sharing this link. This is really great information here…especially the “Circle of life” method, which is new to me. I am going to definitely try that.
    I agree completely about goals being “Smart” but about sharing the goals with others? for me except the goals are corporate goals that involves the team then yes. But if they are my personal goals, I wouldn’t share, except the people i am sharing them with are members of my master mind group. My reasons being that, there’s too much negativity, and the so called good opinion of others can discourage one, or veer us off track.

    • laura says:

      Appreciate your thoughts and points around the potential for negativity & distraction when sharing with certain people. For me, it’s about choosing to let the right people in who can support, motivate and hold you accountable. Let me know how it goes when you try the Circle of Life!

  • Lorrie Domin says:

    Laura, Thanks for stopping by and sharing your post. I absolutely love the poem! Goal setting toolkit is great. I will put it to good use this year. Keep tracking with me, this is going to be a great year for positive change. Blessings to you.

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