Everywhere we hear about the importance of goal setting, but few of us actually spend the time to learn how to set meaningful goals, and take action to achieve them.

To help you out we've searched the web to find some great free resources that will teach you the ins and outs of setting realistic yet inspirational goals, and taking action to make them a reality.

Here are our top 8 goal setting resources:

  • 1. Tips from AHBBO

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A Home-Based Business Online (AHBBO) is a website by Elena Fawkner. She helps home-based entrepreneurs and workers deal with the realities and expectations of online (and offline) work. She decodes goal-setting in five practical steps, namely:

• Know what you want.
• Know the criteria for effective goals.
• Start long-term and work backwards.
• Create a daily task list.
• How to achieve goals.

Click here for tips from AHBBO.

  • 2. Action for Happiness

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Action for Happiness is a website whose patron is the Dalai Lama. It aims to provide practical action-based steps towards achieving a more caring society, thereby resulting to more happiness for everyone and improved mental wellbeing. Setting goals and achieving them is one way to attain happiness because having a purpose gives a deeper meaning to one’s life. And when goals are finally reached, a sense of fulfilment takes over. This website provides seven steps to doing this:
• Decide
• Write it down.
• Tell someone.
• Break your goal down.
• Plan your first step.
• Keep going.
• Celebrate.

Click here for tips from Action for Happiness.

  • 3. MindTools

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MindTools is a website that helps people gain practical tips on how to attain success in their careers. It was founded by James Manktelow who has written books about leadership, personal productivity, and team management. It believes that setting lifetime goals provides long-term vision while sustaining much-needed short-term motivation for the smaller steps in between. Some of the tips given are:
• Setting lifetime goals
• Setting smaller goals
• Achieving goals

Click here for tips from MindTools.

  • 4. Leaving Work Behind

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Leaving Work Behind is a website founded by Tom Ewer, who held a great and secure job via an employer and who ventured into his own online business. His site is dedicated to sharing his own experiences on a platform of transparency. He shares tips on setting goals and motivating oneself to reach them, but also includes advice on including relationships and other aspects of life in goal-setting which he calls the “big picture”. Areas that should be given attention to become a fully-rounded person are:

• Happiness
• Health
• Success
• Wealth
• Giving
• Growth
Click here for tips from Leaving Work Behind.

  • 5. StrengthofUs

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StrengthofUs is a user-driven and user-generated online community dedicated to helping people with mental health issues cope with their lives despite their limitations. It was born in memory of a young adult stricken with bipolar syndrome who died at the young age of twenty-two. He was Roddy Dart. This loving and relevant project also enjoys the backing of NAMI also known as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which is the United States’ largest grassroots mental health organization. It shares a simple step-by-step process for reaching goals:
• Brainstorm
• Focus
• Support
• Track
• Accomplish

Click here for tips from StrengthofUs.

  • 6. Inc.

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Inc. is the website for Inc. magazine which focuses on smaller businesses that are also in the growth stage. It provides support by way of tools, services, and advice that are beneficial to the companies with this profile. It offers the theory of James Clear, an entrepreneur, who has a very different view on setting and achieving goals. He looks at the traditional way of going about it as being stressful because it becomes a big chunk of responsibility. Rather, he proposes to give less attention to a goal and more attention to the process of attaining it which he refers to as a “system”.

Click here for tips from Inc.

  • 7. Zen Habits

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Zen Habits is a website founded and maintained by Leo Babauta, and is designed to help people declutter or simplify daily life. It claims to be on the top 25 blogs and top 50 websites on a worldwide scale. It approaches goal-setting and goal achievement from the realm of meditation or contemplation, slowing down, taking time to think. The website enumerates 3 very simple steps to setting and attaining goals:

• How to choose life goals.
• How to get there.
• How to keep track of all your goals and actions.

Click here for tips from Zen habits.

  • 8. Brian Tracy International

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Brian Tracy International is the website of Brian Tracy who is the CEO and Chairman of the same company which provides training and development to groups and individuals. It believes that making and reaching goals is influenced by 3 success principles relate to physics:

• The law of momentum
• The law of inertia
• The law of probability

Click here for tips from Brian Tracy International.

  • [bonus] 9. Shelley Brunskill-Matson

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Shelley Brunskill-Matson is a life coach who writes with enough energy and passion to almost physically throw you out of your chair. Follow her advice to:

• Discover your passion
• Set meaningful goals
• Take targeted, deliberate action to achieve them

Click here for tips from Shelley Brunskill-Matson.

Do you have any other goal setting resources that you think should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below.

All the best,
The Exisle Empowerment Team

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