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Goals Quotes: 41 Inspirational Quotes on Setting Goals

Our latest collection of inspirational goals quotes on Everyday Power!

Goals can encompass all sorts of things, personally and professionally. The most important thing is that they are realistic. We need to have a plan, and that we can break them down into more sensible, small and manageable steps.

Too often, we only celebrate a finished product and not all the small successes along the way. If we allow ourselves to do that, it keeps us motivated, proud, and moving forward. Here are some goal setting quotes, and its importance our lives.


Famous Goals Quotes for Success

1.) “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” – Jim Rohn


2.) “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” – Zig Ziglar

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3.) “It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of the one you don’t.” –  Stephen Kellogg


4.) “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


5.) “In all things that you do, consider the end.”- Solon


6.) “All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” – Orison Swett Marden


7.) “Everybody has their own Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.” – Seth Godin


8.) “The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo


9.) “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


10.) “Intention without action is an insult to those who expect the best from you.” – Andy Andrews

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11.) “Life is short, fragile and does not wait for anyone. There will NEVER be a perfect time to pursue your dreams and goals. ” – Unknown


12.) “I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” – Og Mandino


13.) “Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.”- Viktor Frankl


14.) “If you raise your standards but don’t really believe you can meet them, you’ve already sabotaged yourself. You won’t even try; you’ll be lacking the sense of certainty that allows you to tap the deepest capacity that’s within you… Our beliefs are like unquestioned commands, telling us how things are, what’s possible and impossible and what we can and cannot do. They shape every action, every thought and every feeling that we experience. As a result, changing our belief systems is central to making any real and lasting change in our lives.” – Anthony Robbins


15.) “The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain.”- Kahlil Gibran


16.) “My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we always win out.” – Ronald Reagan


17.) “A goal is a dream with a deadline.”- Napoleon Hill


18.) “Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.” – Dennis Waitley (as quoted in Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog)

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19.) “A man should have any number of little aims about which he should be conscious and for which he should have names, but he should have neither name for, nor consciousness concerning, the main aim of his life.”- Samuel Butler



More Goal Setting Quotes About Achievement

20.) “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


21.) “Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.”- Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog

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


23.) “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”- Robert Browning


24.) “Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing.”- William Shakespeare


25.) “Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.”- Aldous Huxley


26.) “He who would arrive at the appointed end must follow a single road and not wander through many ways.”- Seneca


27.) “Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.”- Polybius


28.) “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Pablo Picasso


29.) “The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.”- Richard Monckton Milnes


30.) “Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”- Seneca

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31.) “Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight.”- Denis Waitley and Remi Witt


32.) “I am always more interested in what I am about to do than what I have already done.”- Rachel Carson


33.) “However brilliant an action may be, it should not be accounted great when it is not the result of a great purpose.”- Francois de la Rochefoucauld


34.) “A good archer is known not by his arrows but by his aim.”- Thomas Fuller


35.) “The going is the goal.” – Horace Kallen


36.) “Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it.”- Burmese Saying


37.) “To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift.”- Franklin Roosevelt


38.) “It is not enough to take steps which may someday lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.”- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


39.) “In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.”- Author Unknown

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40.) “Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.”- David Ogilvy


41.) “There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second.”- Logan Pearsall Smith


Which of these goals quotes inspired you to achieve today?

Accomplishing goals can be one of the greatest feelings we experience. To achieve a major stepping stone, or to complete a long term project, is an extremely satisfying feeling. Most importantly, we must give ourselves credit and celebrate the small victories, as we march towards our goals.

I hope these goal setting quotes reminded you of why we need to live with purpose.

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