Goal setting is easy for some of us, and for about 90% of the population out there, it’s the most difficult thing to do. In order to make sure that your life is in balance with your Small Business, you need to make sure that your life goals are in line with your business goals. Having conflicting goals here will guarantee a rocky road for the next few years. How do you avoid this? Set goals that put your life and business in balance, and make sure that everything you do in both of these areas leads you closer toward these goals.

Even I have had trouble with goal setting. When a past coaching client of mine asked me to join Team Emily, www.Team-Emily.com, and run a half or full marathon for charity, I wanted to do it but doubted that I ever could. At that point in my life, running was something I did to the grocery store, to the dry cleaners and to the bank. I could only run (okay, lightly jog) for 20 minutes on the treadmill at the beginning of my work out, but for the most part I left running to my son Blake, the High School Senior and All State Cross Country Runner. I had never run for more than a mile at a time and that took me a good half hour to finish that.

I agreed to do it, half thinking she would forget in a year that I had even committed. It would be fun, I thought, and help me get into shape. I even started to get a little excited thinking, wow, wouldn’t it be cool to say “I ran a half-marathon!”

The first thing you have to do is set a goal to do something. No matter how crazy it may seem, no matter how far off in the future or even if you are not sure how you are going to do it, the first thing to do is to decide.

We don’t always know where life or business is going to take us; that’s why we try our hardest to create goals so that we can control where our life goes. One of the most rewarding things is setting a goal and achieving it. Do you remember when you were a child and you set a goal for yourself like running a mile, getting straight A’s, hiking to the top of that mountain? Do you remember how good it felt when you actually achieved it? Well, imagine living your life that way: constantly setting goals and constantly achieving these goals.

This is only possible if you consistently set fearless goals for yourself and your Small Business. By constantly setting goals for yourself, and constantly taking action with proper business planning and management tools to achieve them, you will get one step closer to your life and business goals every day.

For added support in achieving your goals, check out Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance by Marcus Buckingham: How can you actually apply your strengths for maximum success in your Small Business? Research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets at work — in fact, only 17 percent of the workforce believe they use all of their strengths on the job. Go Put Your Strengths to Work aims to change that through a six-step, six-week experience that will reveal the hidden dimensions of your strengths. Buckingham shows you how to seize control of your assets and rewrite your job description.

Real Estate, Business and Life Coach Cheri Alguire has partnered with hundreds of Real Estate Professionals and Small Business Owners to help them become more successful in business and in life. Coach Cheri specializes in Group Coaching for Small Business Owners, Working Mothers, Real Estate Agents and Managers. Learn more atwww.NextLevelServices.net and www.GrowtoGreatness.com