Goal setting motivation

Motivational Quotes for Goal Setting

There are many things in life that you would not want to leave to chance. So why would you do it with your life itself? Setting goals is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Over the years and centuries, many famous people came to the same conclusion. Learn from their inspirational and motivational quotes.

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"If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else." – Lawrence J. Peter

"People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going." – Earl Nightingale

"All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do. " – Norman Vincent Peale

"You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal." – Zig Ziglar

"To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift." – Franklin Roosevelt

"When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind." – Seneca

"All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose." – Brian Tracy

"Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk." – J.C. Penney

Knowing where you're going is the first step to take control of your life. Which is important, because if you don't control your life, someone else will.

"If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." – Jim Rohn

"By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own." – Mark Victor Hansen

Inspirational quotes about goals


A goal is more than just a destination. It is a source of motivation, a shining north star that keeps you going even when progress is hard. It should inspire you as well as the people around you whos support you will need. Chosen well, is a lasting source of motivation and inspiration. So read on for more inspiring quotes:

"A goal is a dream with a deadline." – Napoleon Hill

"Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is nightmare." – Japanese Proverb

"Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement." – Brian Tracy

"It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach." – Benjamin E. Mays

"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." – Tony Robbins

"A good archer is known not by his arrows but by his aim." – Thomas Fuller

"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." – Steve Jobs

"If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it." – Elon Musk

"The question I ask myself like almost every day is, 'Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?'" – Mark Zuckerberg

"Envision, create, and believe in your own universe, and the universe will form around you." – Tony Hsieh

"A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement." – Bo Bennett

"There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it." – Mario Cuomo

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" – Robert H. Schuller

"It is never too late to be who you might have been." – George Eliot

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." – Diane Ackerman

"To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate." – John Glenn

Aiming high

aiming high

Don't be modest in your goal setting. Something that's easily doable is not a goal, it is a task. Tasks don't inspire. Think big and make a dent in the universe.

"We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?" – Steve Jobs (actually not quite - see the research on this quote)

"Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself." – J. Howes

"Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark." – David Ogilvy

"Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success." – David Joseph Schwartz

Motivational quotes

Get motivated

You can do it. No, seriously - you can. Most people are capable of much more than they think. If you need a little motivational push, check out these quotes:

"The only goals you don’t achieve in life are the goals you don’t set." – Matt Fox

"It always seems impossible until it's done." – Nelson Mandela

"A goal properly set is halfway reached." – Zig Ziglar

"If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you." – Les Brown

"One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves." – Karen Casey

"You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will." – Stephen King

"It is never too late to be who you might have been." – George Eliot

"If you get clear on the what, the how will be taken care of." – Jack Canfield, The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

"Most impossible goals can be met simply by breaking them down into bite-size chunks, writing them down, believing them and going full speed ahead as if they were routine." – Don Lancaster

Quotes about reaching your goals


Steve Jobs said the journey is the reward – but maybe arriving wouldn't be so bad either. So here are some more quotes about achieving goals:

"The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them." – Michelle Obama

"A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at." – Bruce Lee

"Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground." – Theodore Roosevelt

"I do know that when I am 60, I should be attempting to achieve different personal goals than those which had priority at age 20." – Warren Buffett

"If we have a goal and a plan, and are willing to take risks and mistakes and work as team, we can choose to do the hard thing." – Scott Kelly

"A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive." – Walt Disney

"It always seems impossible until it's done." – Nelson Mandela

"Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit." – Bear Bryant

"Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal." – Earl Nightingale

"If a goal is worth having, it’s worth blocking out the time in your day-to-day life necessary to achieve it." – Jill Koenig

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."– Henry David Thoreau

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." – Jim Roh

"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan." – Tom Landry

"An idiot with a plan can beat a genious without a plan." – Warren Buffet

Life Goals Quotes

Goals in life

Goals come in many categories. Career goals, personal goals, financial goals and more. If you want to think really big - as you should! - you need to think about your life goals. Get inspired by famous (and lesser-known) people about how to use goal setting to take control of yourself and your life.

"If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals." – Lou Holtz

"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes." – Andrew Carnegie

"It is never too late to be who you might have been." – George Eliot

"Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life." – Les Brown

"If you want to succeed at a goal, you need to understand why you want it. This is critical. You have to do this process for any goal you set for yourself." – Michael S. Dobson.

"Setting goals allows you to paint a vision of what you wish your future to be." – Catherine Pulsifer

"Goal setting is a powerful tool and process for motivating you. When effective goals are set, a giant step towards the life you desire is taken." – K.C. Rowntree

"Goals give us purpose, which, in turn, motivates us to make ourselves the best version in all aspects of your life." – Hannah Bronfman

"Goals determine what you’re going to be." – Julius Erving

"Goals give you a compass in order to direct your path through life. Goals focus your thoughts and actions on areas that have precise purpose and meaning." – Catherine Pulsifer

"To unlock and unleash your full potential, you should make a habit of daily goal setting and achieving for the rest of your life." – Brian Tracy

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