2013 Goal Setting Guide

“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it.”

~ Michelangelo

Update: Check out the 2014 Goal Setting and Action Workbook here!

The Big New Years Announcement: To celebrate 2013 and the official opening of goal-setting season, today I’m releasing the totally free (and newly designed) 2013 Goal Setting and Action Workbook.

Last year this was downloaded over 18,000 times in a matter of weeks and is consistently the #1 thing people thank me for.

The best part? It’s 100% free to you. Like totally free. No email required. No nothin’. Just a good old fashioned no-strings-attached gift.

This is how we do things at Live Your Legend. Over 95% of what we offer is totally free and we promise to do everything in our power to make our tools as useful and directly applicable as possible.

And with what we have planned in the weeks and months to come, I promise you this is just a taste. It’s just one of the many free tools in our Passionate Work Toolkit that’s available to every email subscriber.

Read on for a recap of 2012 and a hint of what’s to come this year, or download the full 2013 Goal Setting and Action Workbook by clicking here.

Some people claim they don’t need to set goals to make big progress.

I am NOT one of them.

For me, progress towards my dreams comes from thinking big and then laying together the tiny steps linking where I am now to the sometimes seemingly-impossible place I aspire to be.

I remember walking into my dad’s office when I was about fourteen. It was January 1st and he had been at his desk all day.

The odd thing was all he was doing in there was writing thoughts and ideas on a pad of paper. No computer. No Internet. Just dreams of the future.

At first I made fun of him. In fact it took at least a few more years before I adopted that very same ritual.

Now the beginning of January is something I anticipate with about the same excitement as I did for Christmas as a five-year-old.

I absolutely love setting goals – almost as much as I love working towards making them real.

2012 was a hell of a year. Other than marrying Chelsea in 2010, last year was by far the most proud, exciting and surreal year of my life. And much of it had to do with all of you…

  • Our community grew from 10,000 to over 25,000 members
  • Over people 1,000 joined our Live Off Your Passion community
  • We held our first Live Your Legend LIVE event at Samovar Tea Lounge (many more to come)
  • You all voted for me to speak at The World Domination Summit and as a result I was later invited to the TEDx stage in San Francisco (which  somehow managed to hit over 130k views in the first month)
  • We launched our biggest, most involved and game-changing project in the history of my life: How to Connect with Anyone, and our first sold-out class consisted of nearly 300 people from 25 countries between 16 and 65 years old
  • We added a few much-needed members to the Live Your Legend team (I’ll announce the full LYL team in an upcoming post)
  • Some colleagues and I may have finally discovered a way to better blend together my efforts at LYL and our investment fund, to help people with their finances who just quit their job, or are about to, to pursue their dreams (more on that soon too!)
  • I spent three weeks touring Turkey with 10 of my closest friends, while running Live Your Legend – It was on the beach in Oludeniz where the Passionate Work Framework was solidified
  • Hundreds of people have written to share their stories of finally deciding to pursue what matters
  • Live Your Legend turned into the movement I’d always dreamed of

It’s hard to believe that even one or two of these things happened in a year (my lifetime goal for this site used to be to hit 1,000 members…), but I believe things happened as they did for two reasons.

  1. You all decided to support, believe in and stand behind our movement (Not a single item above would have happened without your support), and
  2. Every one of the above started as a written goal of mine.

Some were very specific, with weekly and daily actions, and others were general big thinking visions.

But they all started somewhere.

set big goals

Visions and Goals Make the Impossible a lot More Probable

Sure, you can make progress without them. And some people do. There’s even a rare breed that has the motivation and creativity to thrive by intentionally not setting goals.

But for the great majority of the world, your odds of success (however you define it) go up dramatically if you spend time thinking of the world you want to create for yourself and those around you.

As always, it’s on us to control the things that are in our control.

And the more obvious the path is, the more likely it is that the world will walk it.

So that’s why every year I release an updated version of The Live Your Legend Goal Setting and Action Workbook.

Yesterday morning I spent about 90 minutes on a Skype call with the ex General Manager of Tony Robbins’ company.

She’s worked with him for the past 29 years and she also happens to be my personal and business coach (and my savior in more ways than I can list).

I interviewed her on the exact goal-setting process that her and Tony have been using for decades, and the same one I’ve been using for years thanks to what they’ve taught me. The video will be coming later this month, but for now I want to share that exact process.

After being asked about goals by thousands of people on Live Your Legend, a few years ago I decided to create a master resource. An exact step-by-step workbook for the goal setting process I go through every year.

And this year I took it a step further. I reworked the process, added quotes and big ideas for each section and even hired a designer to take it to the next level.

The result is an 11-step, 28-page interactive workbook that has served as my compass for as long as I can remember.

My biggest goal at Live Your Legend is to provide over-the-top value that can dramatically and immediately begin to get you towards the things that matter most to you. And as many of you know, there are only two products/courses we sell on Live Your Legend.

This is not one of them.

As my gift to you guys and as a show of how deadly important I believe it is to set visions, goals and intentions for what you most want out of life, I am giving you this totally for free. You don’t even have to provide your email.

All you have to do is click the download link below and it’s all yours.

All I ask in return are two things:

1. That you actually take the time and use it. What’s the use in me spending weeks and hundreds of dollars to create a tool that just collects dust on a hard drive? Do something with it!

2. Please forward or email this blog post and workbook to one or two people who you think could really benefit from it.

To make it easy you can use the “Email” link at the end of this post.

Just copy this as your subject line: “You’ve gotta see this free goals workbook.”

And write this in the email: 

Hey Jeff,

You gotta check this out. Scott Dinsmore at Live Your Legend just released the 2013 version of his Goal Setting & Action Workbook. It is a totally free download. Very worth spending some time with. I’m following the full process this year.

Here’s the link: http://liveyourlegend.net/free-2013-goal-setting-guide

Enjoy and let’s trade some notes once we’ve both gone through it!


Together We Can Set Goals that Will Change the World

2013 Goal Setting Guide

No matter how big or small your dreams are, the closer you get to them, the more of an impact you can have on the world. It starts with writing them down.

I will be spending the next few days locked in a room with nothing but this workbook and a few large whiteboards to plan out much of 2013.

I seriously cannot wait!!

I hope you will take some time to do the same.

Click here to download the free 2013 Goal Setting & Action Workbook

Please share this with those who need it

While this download is completely free, in return I ask that you please share it with at least one person you feel could genuinely benefit from it. Use the “Email” button to email this article to someone. They’ll thank you.

Most people are dying to pursure their dreams. They just need the right nudge.

You can be that nudge.

Thanks for spreading the word and here’s to taking 2013 by storm!


P.S. Block off a few hours or a day this weekend to fill this out, because next week I’ll share all my big plans for 2013 and I hope you’ll be ready to do the same…

  • http://7minentrepreneur.com/ Joe Cassandra

    Looks great Scott! I’m excited to tear through it. Your last post about your TED talk inspired me to WRITE down (yes pen to paper) my 1 year, 5 year, 10 year goals, and it’s exciting whenever I read them…it gets you pumped

    I’ll send an email after I finish up your Workbook, cheers!

    • Scott

      Awesome Joe! Isn’t it crazy what simply writing things down can do for your motivation?!

      Can’t wait to see what you come up with.


  • http://hackthesystem.com Maneesh Sethi

    Hey, this is great! I really like this workbook–great work!

    • Scott

      Thanks buddy. I’ve have been super excited to release it. Let us know next time you’re in SF!

  • http://www.caffeineforlife.com Aaron Black

    Thanks Scott, I downloaded the workbook. Excited to give it a run.

    I recently began following your work (October), so I’m one of the new guys you added this year. Glad I found your community.

    • Scott

      Awesome to have you with us Aaron. Very glad you joined!

  • http://valueofsimple.com/ Joel Zaslofsky


    There are too many things to key on in this post for me to write a response less than 1,000 words. So I’ll cut myself short and simply say: thank you. As you know from our chat last month, I’m been using your goal setting and action workbook for three years and it’s made a WORLD of difference!

    The fact this was liberated from the Passionate Work Toolkit is both a blessing and a bummer to me. It’s a blessing because more people will have access to this specific resource (which is beyond schweet). But it’s also a bummer because it means fewer people will see the full assortment of amazing free resources you have in the Passionate Work Toolkit.

    Hey, you know what you’re doing though, man. There will be no questioning of your judgment from this guy. :)

    • Scott

      Thanks Joel. So cool to see you using it in such a big way.

      I hear you on the toolkit. The good news is that this will be available as is for January and then it’s getting locked back up in the Passionate Work Toolkit, which is also free ;)

  • http://www.androidpaycheck.com/ Vickram

    Great work as usual, Scott.

    Thank you so much for the inspiration & founding such a dynamic community.

    Cheers to an adventurous 2013,

    • Scott

      Cheers to you as well Vickram!

  • http://www.superchargeyourlife.net Kate

    Thanks Scott!! Goal setting and tracking is one of my favorite things… The work that you put into this… the beautiful design, the FILLABLE BOXES (Whaaaaat? Who does that for free stuff?), and the clear desire to make a comprehensive goal setting and action plan for people to actually follow through with… shines so clear. Really incredible stuff, for real. I’ve already done my goals for the year but screw it I’m going through this workbook anyway!! :) You are awesome. Excited to see how everything grows in the coming year.

    • Scott

      Yeahhhh Kate!! This year we decided to take it to another level and hire a rockstar designer, Mike Paradise (who also designed the Connect with Anyone Creed). We’ll be seeing more from him this year for sure. Most of it free too!

  • http://www.navycaptain-therealnavy.blogspot.com Mike Lambert

    Great way to start the new year Scott. I really appreciate your purposefulness. Thank you so much.

  • Anjan

    Heyy Scott. Can’t thank you enough, just checked my mail, and couldn’t resist coming back to the site and thanking you. Hope this new year changes me for the better, and inspire me to do good. :D
    Just wana let you know, you are Awesome! Keep spreading the awesomeness!

  • http://www.thecorefg.com Jeff Forrest


    How did such a young man inherit an old soul! Love your work. Just downloaded your 2013 Goal & Action Workbook and will post a “recommendation” on my FB page….as well as email it to my team here at the Equity Reach Professional Center. Michael Ellison, the founder of TriVita, is a big fan of yours and he’s the one who gave you and your company the highest recommendation….so I started surfing your tools and now I’m hanging ten. Look forward to meeting you in person later this year….I’m a friendly stalker Scott-


  • http://analyfe.com Erin McNaughton

    What a great resource! I’ve already completed a similar year-in-review and goals for the year ahead work book, but I’ll have to go through and think about your non-overlapping prompts. I’ve only done my first read-through of you LOYP e-course and it’s already pushing me in good directions, so a tremendous thank you! Hopefully I’ll see you at WDS this year.

  • Mariska

    Hi Scott, I wanted to kick off this year by saying THANK YOU so much. I’ve been following your blog for a VERY long time, and finally in the last year have really taken your brilliant advice on board. In the next couple of days, I’m launching my very own website/blog/ebook… and I’m really scared! So I’m finally also getting in touch with those who have made this possible. I’m going to be doing a lot more connecting with people and I’m really excited about that, it’s not been a strong point! Anyway, thank you so very much, again – and happy 2013 to us all! Cheers, Mariska

  • kathryn

    I clicked on the link and it leads to a blank page.

    I tried this several times on different areas in the page that mentioned it would lead to the free workbook. Every time a blank page.

    This is the link I clicked on:

    Has it been taken down?

    • Scott

      Very odd Kathryn. I just clicked on it and it worked fine. I quadruple checked the links but leave it to technology for something to go awry.

      Can you try this and see if it works: http://liveyourlegend.net/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/The-2013-Goal-Setting-and-Action-Workbook.pdf

      Also are you sure it did not automatically download the pdf when you clicked the link? Check your downloads folder.

      We’ll get this to you one way or the other!

      • kathryn

        Still not luck. It might be because I have a Mac and am using Safari. (I used to do QA testing and found that not all websites function the same with different platforms and browsers. I will try it with firefox or internet explorer next.

        In the meantime, I may have signed up for your newsletter about three more times – just because it kept asking me to and I thought that might be the reason it wasn’t downloading.

        Sorry for any confusion.

      • kathryn

        PS: I also checked my downloads. It’s not there either.

        • kathryn

          But, if it is the same as the 2012 workbook with only the dates changed – I can do that easily, as I downloaded that one already. Does the reworked process with quotes, big ideas and new design make a huge difference?

          • kathryn

            By the way – I finally figured it out. Firefox is the culprit. I was able to download it with Safari (thought I was using that one, but wasn’t) THANKS! I hope this helps anyone else with downloading issues.

          • Scott

            So glad you got this sorted out Kathryn. There always seems to be something with technology, eh? I was about to email the pdf directly to you!

            Thanks for troubleshooting and your patience. Enjoy the process. I’m off to lock myself in a room full of whiteboards right now. Can’t wait!

  • Sue

    Hi Scott…

    I too had trouble w/download. I tried all the links offered. When I click on my Internet Explorer stops wking. I also get a tab w/a heading “website restore error”.


  • http://www.myhonestanswer.com/ my honest answer

    Scott – it downloaded just fine for me (using Chrome).

    However, I was one step ahead and didn’t really need it – I had printed off the 2012 workbook and filled it in with the dates changed already! I guess that just proves how valuable this document is to me, so thank you for sharing it with us.

  • http://www.cmacoach.com Nathan

    LOVE IT!!! I’ve been looking forward to your new workbook. Thanks so much Scott. I’ve shared it with my whole family.

    Have an awesome 2013!

  • Megan

    Amazing work~! Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to dig in. I’ve got a lot of really exciting work lined up for this year and I think the workbook will be a great help. I shared with as many as I could. Many thanks.


  • https://www.youtube.com/user/mattslosingit Matt’s Losing It


    I just downloaded the resource. Thank you for putting your heart and soul into your work…it really shines through. I have made a commitment to work on my online business this year. The cool part is that it worked out that I am diving in by getting healthier this year. I am chronicling my journey via YouTube videos and building community that way. Really excited to see the results already. It is so fulfilling and in the process I am getting in shape.

    Thanks Again, Matt Sullivan

  • http://www.robf.com.au/ Rob F.

    Hi Scott! Worked my way through about two thirds of it this morning! Getting some real clarity on what I want and how to get it thus far!

  • http://www.sowanddipity.com Shelley @ Sow and Dipity

    Hi Chris,

    I found this at just the right time! I have so many things I want to accomplish in 2013, but it was like goal soup in my head….they’d surface and then disappear, you get the idea, lol.
    I’m working through the booklet now and stopped to take a break to let you know that I plan to share this, big time.
    Hope you don’t mind if I feature this and your site in my blog…I’ve been looking for a good first post to start off the year!
    Thank you for all the tools, these are great :)

  • Leah Hynes

    Hey Scott

    Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into this for all of us to benefit. I’ve sent it on to two people: my husband and brother-in-law so I’ll be pumping them up to get them on-board!

    It is just what I need considering the year I have planned with my beautiful amigas from my CWA group (more on that SUPER EXCITING story soon!).

    Chat soon and massive high five :)
    Leah Hynes

  • http://www.youremotionalfreedom.com Ben

    Wow Scott! Some awesome things in the last year! Setting goals is something i’ve resisted in the past but setting them now has helped me increase the desire and makes me get into action!


  • http://www.WorkLikeAnArtist.com Karl Rohde

    Scott. Thanks for a super useful resource. This is an intense post with hardcore meaning. It inspired me to write a new post:
    Simple Tips to Keep Your New Years Resolutions Alive.
    I hope this helps.

  • Simon

    Hey Scott, thanks for the planner – it’s something I like to do each new year and I’m trying to convince my wife to do also!

    One small request – next year please be a bit more considerate of people’s printer ink – that last page is a doozy!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/markkislich Mark Kislich Is

    Totally useless to me, sorry…
    The most important question, the one that most don’t have an answer to, is this:
    WHAT is your personal MAIN goal in life?
    Only once you have actually figured this out, can that process do any good…
    I believe those few who have figured this, they are successful…most have not though, and thus most are not.

  • Dan

    If you’d like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application:

    Gtdagenda .com

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar, and also comes with mobile version, and Android and iPhone apps.

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    These are really great tools Scott! Thank you for producing them and sharing them. I myself am a movement educator and instructor etc among other hats I wear but am often running around spinning my wheels and not being as productive as possible.
    Thanks again for this work.

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