Goals Quotes: Inspirational Sayings on Setting Goals
These goal setting quotes will inspire you to achieve and put you on the path to get there.
August 1, 2022 5:00 AM EST
We have an inspirational collection of goals quotes to help you on your road to success, whichever direction that may be!
Setting goals and putting yourself on the path to achieving them is something that anyone and everyone can benefit from.
Goals can encompass all sorts of things, both 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.
Always remember, the journey is just as important as achieving the goal.
Below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and thought-provoking goals quotes, goals sayings, and goals proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.
Also, read these powerful Law of Attraction quotes that will help you achieve your goals.
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Famous Goals Quotes for Success
1. “The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain.” – Kahlil Gibran
2. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill
3. “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” – Zig Ziglar
4. “Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.” – Denis Waitley (as quoted in Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog)
5. “Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing.” – William Shakespeare
6. “In all things that you do, consider the end.”- Solon
7. “Everybody has their own Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.” – Seth Godin
8. “To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift.” – Franklin Roosevelt
9. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
10. “Intention without action is an insult to those who expect the best from you.” – Andy Andrews
Goals quotes to help you pursue your dreams
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
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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. “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” – Jim Rohn
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. “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
18. “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
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
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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
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. “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
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 (see more quotes from 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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Goals quotes to inspire success
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.” – François 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. “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
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
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
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Goals quotes to help you reach your potential
42. “Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.”― David Joseph Schwartz
43. “No desired achievement is gained without any goal setting.”― Wayne Chirisa
44. “I love the challenge of starting at zero every day and seeing how much I can accomplish.”― Martha Stewart
45. “If you don’t know what you want, you’ll never find it.”― Ryū Murakami
46. “We should set our goals; then learn to control our appetites. Otherwise, we will lose ourselves in the confusion of the world.”― Hark Herald Sarmiento
47. “The great secret about goals and visions is not the future they describe but the change in the present they engender.”― David Allen
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48. “Remember your goals are “better” and “less,” so progress is everything.”― Dana K. White
49. “Your comfort zone is a place where you keep yourself in a self-illusion and nothing can grow there but your potentiality can grow only when you can think and grow out of that zone.”― Rashedur Ryan Rahman
50. “Be visionary about your goals.”― Sayam Asjad
51. “On the way to your goal, you can always stop, rest, go the opposite way for a while; but after a reasonable time you must set off again towards your goal!”― Mehmet Murat ildan
52. “She wasn’t where she had been. She wasn’t where she was going, but she was on her way.”― Jodi Hills
53. “Committed people find nothing more charming than their goals.”― Junaid Raza
54. “The measure of a society is not only what it does but the quality of its aspirations.”― Wade Davis
55. “The way to achieve your goals is step by step, you just need to build enough track, to be ahead of the train.” – John Milton Lawrence
56. “The only goals you don’t achieve in life are the goals you don’t set.”― Matt Fox
More goals quotes and sayings
57. “Take the challenge of your life. Reach out to your goals. There is no limit to what you can achieve.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
58. “If you can dream it up, you can team it up.” – Richie Norton
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59. “Mindfulness helps us to focus on one goal at a time. It helps us to be more relaxed, patient and compassionate towards the goal.” – Amit Ray
60. “Writing and achieving your goals is not failure, not having a goal to write in the first place is the start of failure.” – Onyi Anyado
61. “A goal is not just an object on a pitch; it is also a milestone on your journey of excellence.” – Onyi Anyado
62. “There are no right of wrong answers in goal setting. What works for you?” – Eddie de Jong
63. “Goal-setting is a life skill.” – Richie Norton
64. “A smart person will think first about the outcome of his decision before doing the first step.” – Rojade Silva
65. “If you think you can then you can.” – Stephen Richards
66. “Set a goal to achieve something that is so big, so exhilarating that it excites you and scares you at the same time.” – Bob Proctor
Goal quotes to motivate you
66. “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
67. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn
68. “You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
69. “Always remember, the goals that we have achieved pale in comparison to the daily commitments it took to get there.” – Dabo Swinney
70. “You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.” – George S. Patton
71. “There are a lot of people who have dreams, goals, and hopes, but there aren’t a lot who get to see them realized.” – Tyler Perry
72. “It’s important to set your own goals and work hard to achieve them.” – Yuichiro Miura
73. “I have goals, so you’re always trying to see if you’re on the right path to get where you’re trying to go.” – RJ Barrett
74. “I miss many chances, but I always keep trying, and sometimes you score easy goals or difficult goals, but in the end, I am trying to score.” – Mohamed Salah
75. “I never wanted to give in to my condition. My life changed a lot but I didn’t want it to change my dreams or goals.” – Kadeena Cox
76. “You don’t quit after you get beat. You pick yourself up, and you start rebuilding to accomplish your goals.” – Daniel Cormier
Thought-provoking goals quotes
77. “I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.” – Venus Williams
78. “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” – Michael Korda
79. “People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” – Brian Tracy
80. “I believe in the saying, ‘If you aim at nothing, you’re going to hit nothing.’ So if you don’t set goals, then you have nowhere to go.” – Taylor Lautner
81. “I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” – Michael Phelps
82. “But when you come from a large, wonderful family, there’s always a way to achieve your goals.” – Wilma Rudolph
83. “Find something that you’re really interested in doing in your life. Pursue it, set goals, and commit yourself to excellence. Do the best you can.” – Chris Evert
84. “Goal-setting and achieving those goals – that’s just what I do.” – Lisa-Leslie
85. “You need lofty goals. Then cement it with a great work ethic.” – Jerry West
86. “Establishing goals is all right if you don’t let them deprive you of interesting detours.” – Doug Larson
Goal quotes to encourage you
87. “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson
88. “Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.” – LL Cool J
89. “A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” – Larry Bird
90. “It really is never too late, it really is never too early to figure out your goals and dreams and what you love.” – Garrett McNamara
91. “You have to have a dream, whether big or small. Then plan well, focus, work hard, and be very determined to achieve your goals.” – Henry Sy
92. “Recast your current problems into proactive goals.” – Suze Orman
93. “I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals.” – Harvey Mackay
94. “Disability should not be considered a hindrance to achieving one’s goals.” – Brian Lara
95. “I’ve always made that push for me to be positive and stay forward with my goals.” – Valerie Jarrett
96. “If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.” – Brian Tracy
Goals quotes for going after your dreams
97. “Successful people do things that the average person is not willing to do. They make sacrifices the average person is not willing to make. But the difference it makes is extraordinary.” – Brian Tracy
98. “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
99. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estee Lauder
100. “Without dreams and goals, there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.” – Mark Twain
101. “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” – Greg Reid
102. “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal.” – Rabindranath Tagore
103. “In order to know where you’re headed, you must be aware of your own personal goals.” – Brian Cagneey
104. “My goal is not to be better than anyone else but to be better than I used to be.” – Wayne Dyer
105. “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey
106. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau
Goals Quotes To Help You Maintain Setting Goals For Your Lifestyle
107. “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” — Andrew Carnegie
108. “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” — Earl Nightingale
109. “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” — Bill Copeland
110. “You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.” — Ted Turner
111. “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
112. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” — Confucius
113. “There’s nothing better than achieving your goals, whatever they might be.” — Paloma Faith
114. “Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.” — John Dewey
115. “Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.” — Robery H. Schuller
116. “Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating, and be consistent.” — Venus Williams
Which of these goals quotes inspired you to achieve today?
Accomplishing our goals can be one of the greatest feelings we will ever experience in life.
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.
Which of these goals quotes resonated with you best?
Do you have any other favorite quotes to add to the list?
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