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Forty-Four Quotes on Setting Goals

Don’t miss a chance to set you goals and take charge of your life.

You don’t have to wait until tomorrow, next week, or next year. You can start today. You can write your goals and you can start taking action right away.

The best time to write down your goals and start taking action may have been months or even years ago. But you know what? The second best time…that’s right now! The opportunity is right in front of you!

If you need a little more motivation to take the time to write your goals, here are forty-four quotes on setting goals!

44 Quotes on Goals

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

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

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

It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.
– Brian Tracy

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

I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.
– Michael Phelps

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

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

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

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
– John Wooden

You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.
– C.S. Lewis

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
– Henry David Thoreau

Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try.
– Dennis DeYoung

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

When you know what you want and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.
– Jim Rohn

Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.
– Robert H. Schuller

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.
– James Cameron

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

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

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

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

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

I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there, you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.
– Zig Ziglar

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

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

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
– Confucius

Where are the people who don’t have goals headed? Those 97 percent end up working for the three percent.
– Shiv Khera

You need lofty goals. Then cement it with a great work ethic.
– Jerry West

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

The great glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live with purpose.
– Michel de Montaigne

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

The great secret about goals and visions is not the future they describe but the change in the present they engender.
– David Allen

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

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.
– Stephen A. Brennan

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.
– Elbert Hubbard

You can set a direct course for your future by defining your goals, or, you can take the opposite position and just let the future haphazardly unfold by itself.
– Catherine Pulsifer

Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating, and be consistent.
– Venus Williams

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
– Albert Einstein

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

A good goal is like a strenuous exercise — it makes you stretch.
– Mary Kay Ash

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.
– Jim Rohn

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.
– Mark Cuban

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
– Warren Buffet

You know that one thing you’ve always dreamed about? Write it down. Then take the first step. Today.
– Petra Poje

Help Setting Goals

If this post has inspired you to start setting goals, here are two spreadsheet templates that can help to get you started.

The Smart Goals Template

This Excel template gives you the space and guidance to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals right out of the gate. If you’ve never heard about S.M.A.R.T. goals before, you can learn more about them in our article, How to Set SMART Goals.

This is a free spreadsheet template that you can download by clicking the button below. Try it out and start off setting the smartest goals possible.

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The Action Plan Template

This is another Excel template that can help you with goal setting. This wonderful template helps you to create action plans for each of your goals. This way, you know what actions you’ll need to take to achieve your goals over time!

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Also, if you’re looking for more motivation to set some plans to reach your goals, check out our article, Forty-Two Quotes About Planning.

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