Goal Setting Quotes
Here’s a selection of goal setting quotes which express the value and wisdom of setting goals.
These are invaluable, whether in terms of work and career, or for life in general.
As famed American philanthropist Elbert Hubbard said:
Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.
Goal Setting Quotes: Where Do You Want to Go?
Where better to start than asking “so where do you want to go?”
Here’s a quote from a different literary figure:
Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
`I don’t much care where…’ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
Lewis Carrol from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Unless you’d prefer some non-fictional philosophy…..
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
The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going. Ralph Waldo Emerson
You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there. Yogi Berra
Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals. Aristotle
Goal Setting Quotes: Find Worthwhile Goals
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes. Andrew Carnegie
To achieve happiness, we should make certain that we are never without an important goal. Earl Nightingale
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive. Howard Thurman
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain
Goal Setting Quotes: Write it Down
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
I’m convinced that we can write and live our own scripts more than most people will acknowledge. I also know the price that must be paid. It’s a real struggle to do it. It requires visualization and affirmation. It involves living a life of integrity, starting with making and keeping promises, until the whole human personality, the senses, the thinking, the feeling, and the intuition, are ultimately integrated and harmonized. Stephen Covey
Goal Setting Quotes: Make it Happen!
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstance they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. George Bernard Shaw.
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
One’s philosophy is not the best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. Eleanor Roosevelt
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity. Louis Pasteur
Goal Setting Quotes: Keep Adding, Keep Walking, Keep Advancing
I’m a big believer in growth. Life is not about achievement, it’s about learning and growth, and developing qualities like compassion, patience, perseverance, love, and joy, and so forth. And so if that is the case, then I think our goals should include something which stretches us. Jack Canfield
The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it. John Ruskin
Growth is the only evidence of life. Cardinal Newman
If we agree that the bottom line of life is happiness, not success, then it makes perfect sense to say that it is the journey that counts, not reaching the destination. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing. Saint Augustine
Goal Setting Quotes: Believe!
The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. Bejamin Disraeli
I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done. Henry Ford
What the mind can believe, you can achieve. Lorraine Moller
To make the future demands courage. It demands work. But it also demands faith. Peter Drucker
Turn goal setting quotes into action!
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- How do you define goal setting?
- What features of goal setting are important, if we want to ensure they are more likely to be successfully achieved?
- What kinds of goals are more likely to make us motivated to achieve them?
- How do you set SMART goals?
- Why do goals matter?
- What kind of goals should you pursue to be happier in what you do?
- How do you set team goals?
- What strategies can you apply to overcome barriers to setting goals?
- How do you develop SHARP plans of action that help you to achieve your goals?
- What techniques can you use to get things done?
- How do you set personal goals?
- Tool 1: Conventional goal setting
- Tool 2: Setting SMART goals that motivate
- Tool 3: The kind of goals that will make you happier
- Tool 4: Taking SHARP action
- Tool 5: Team goals flowchart
- Tool 6: Eight personal goal setting questions
Goal Setting Resources
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