Quotes about goals to inspire and motivate you

By January 21, 2016Business, Motivation, Planning
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Goals are intentions that are fulfilling and rewarding. If done right, goal setting can motivate you to take massive action and to grow. They are driven by plans, dreams and desires, fuelled by discipline and maintained through commitment.

Here are the greatest quotes on goals, from some of the most inspirational people in history including Napoleon Hill, Edmund Hillary, Eleanor Roosevelt, Richard Branson and Albert Einstein.

  1. “Set your goals, write them down. Now you are one step closer to achieving them.” – Richard Branson
  2.  “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
  3. “Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal. .” – Elbert Hubbard
  4. “Purpose is what gives life a meaning.” – C. H. Parkhurst
  5. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney Company
  6. “If something is what you really want to do, just do it. Whatever your goal is you will never succeed unless you let go of your fears and fly.” – Richard Branson
  7. “When you know what you want and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.” – Jim Rohn
  8. “One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves.” – Karen Casey
  9. “You can’t hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can’t catch a fish unless you put your line in the water. You can’t reach your goals if you don’t try.” – Kathy Seligman
  10. “You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.” – Edmund Hillary
  11. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill
  12. “To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” – Bertrand Russell
  13. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  14. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  15. “Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight.” – Denis Waitley and Remi Witt
  16.  “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra
  17. “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
  18. “You can conquer almost any fear if you will make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” – Dale Carnegie
  19. “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” – Fitzhugh Dodson
  20. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
  21. “We do not develop anything with one giant step. No matter who you are, or what you do, each one of us had had to take a lot of individual steps to accomplish a task, a job, a career, or even a hobby.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  22. “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” – Napoleon Hill
  23. “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” – Napoleon Hill
  24. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
  25. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn
  26. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rodgers
  27. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln
  28. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
  29. “No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.” – W. Clement Stone
  30. “To me, business isn’t about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.” – Richard Branson
  31. “Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.” – Denis Waitley
  32. “I believe in goals. It’s never a bad thing to have a dream, but I’m practical about it. I don’t sit daydreaming about things that are impossible. I set goals and then work out how to achieve them. Anything I want to do in life I want to do well and not half-heartedly.” – Richard Branson
  33. “If you are not making the progress that you would like to make and are capable of making, it is simply because your goals are not clearly defined.” – Paul J. Meyer
  34. “Everyone needs something to aim for. You can call it a challenge, or you can call it a goal. It is what makes us human. It was challenges that took us from being cavemen to reaching for the stars.” – Richard Branson
  35. “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” – Michael Korda
  36. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
  37. “You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” – Les Brown
  38. “Begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen Covey
  39. “Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.” – Liz Smith
  40. “A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failures certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.” – Alexandre Dumas
  41. “Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.” – David Joseph Schwartz
  42. “Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.” – Viktor E. Frankl
  43. “Make each day count by setting specific goals to succeed, then putting forth every effort to exceed your own expectations.” – Les Brown
  44. “Recast your current problems into proactive goals.” – Suze Orman
  45. “If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.” – Brian Tracy
  46. “Success is about enjoying what you have and where you are, while pursuing achievable goals.” – Bo Bennett
  47. “If you are not making the progress that you would like to make and are capable of making, it is simply because your goals are not clearly defined.” – Paul J. Meyer
  48. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France
  49. “The reason most goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.” – Robert J. McKain
  50. “A goal without an action plan is a daydream.” – Nathaniel Branden
  51. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reach, don’t adjust the goals; adjust the action steps.” – Confucius
  52. “You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. 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
  53. “Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.” – Denis Waitley
  54. “A good system shortens the road to the goal.” – Orison Swett Marden
  55. “Objectives are not fate; they are direction. They are not commands; they are commitments. They do not determine the future; they are means to mobilize the resources and energies of the business for the making of the future.” – Peter Drucker
  56. “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” – Andrew Carnegie
  57. “It isn’t where you come from, it’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald
  58. “It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.” – Mabel Newcomber
  59. “Our ideals resemble the stars, which illuminate the night. No one will ever be able to touch them. But the men who, like the sailors on the ocean, take them for guides, will undoubtedly reach their goal.” – Carl Schurz
  60. “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
  61. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau
  62. “Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.” – Washington Irving
  63. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
  64. “You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.” – Charles C. Noble
  65. “You’ll fail at a 100% of the goals you don’t set.” – Mark Victor Hansen
  66. “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.” – Les Brown
  67. “Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.” – Denis Waitley
  68. “A good goal should SCARE you a little and EXCITE you a lot.” – Joe Vitale

 

When it comes to success, you need to be patient, consistent and work hard to move ahead. Taking the necessary steps to achieve your goals takes a lot of willpower, dedication, perseverance, and emotional and mental strength. No one is perfect, and you will have days where you just don’t do what you set out to. Reassess the situation and keep moving forward step by step toward your goal.

About Caroline

Caroline is a specialist in business creation, growth and change management. Her aim is to empower start-ups and small businesses to drive growth through the development of business ideas, product and service development, strategy and system planning as well as business branding and promotion.

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