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We all dream of accomplishing worthy things. We dream of having more, becoming more, and doing more. An unfortunate fact however, is that many of us struggle to get what we want. And most of us struggle, because we spend far too much time dreaming and hoping for what we want, instead of charting a course of action.

“A Man Without a Goal is Like a Ship Without a Rudder.”

Truth is, the real challenge that lies before most of us when it comes to achieving the things we want is in the setting of goals. Regrettably, most people never get around to putting their dreams down on paper, nor commit to taking the massive and continuous action necessary to turn those goals into a reality. And that’s why we created this post on goal-setting quotes.

Our hope is that these quotes will inspire you to get serious about your goals and proactively create some. We know that goal achievement is no walk-in-the-park. But, we also know there is a science to goal setting, and that statistically, goals are best achieved when they are set.

So, give these goal setting quotes a read, and let them inspire you to do more than just dream. Allow them to inspire you to commit to your dreams with pen, paper, and persistent pursuit.


Best Goal Setting Quotes

1. “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

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. “If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” – Les Brown

4. “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

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

6. “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

7. “To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift.” –  Franklin D. Roosevelt

8. “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

9. “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

10. “Average people have wishes and hopes. Successful people have goals.” – Unknown

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11. “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine deSaint Exupery

12. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Anthony Robbins

13. “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

14. “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.” – JC Penny

15. “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

16. “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

17. “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

18. “People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” – Anthony Robbins

19. “The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting and achieving goals.” – Og Mandino

20. “Dreams without goals remain dreams.” – Denzel Washington

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Halfway There

You’re just about halfway through these quotes about setting goals, and if your not itching to pull out a pen a paper and start setting some goals, then by all means, keep on reading.

21. “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

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

23. “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

24. “A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” – Walt Disney

25. “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

26. “Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.” – Mark Twain

27. “The moment you put a deadline on your dream it becomes a goal.” – Stephen Kellogg

28. “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.” – Les Brown

29. “You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.” – Ted Turner

30. “Begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen Covey

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31. “The people who get things done, who lead, who grow and who make an impact… those people have goals.” – Seth Godin

32. “Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” – Jim Rohn

33. “Write down your goals in detail and read your list of goals every day.” – Jack Canfield

34. “When you set a goal, your brain opens up a task list.” – Mel Robbins

35. “If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” – Unknown

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

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

38. “Recast your current problems into proactive goals.” – Suze Orman

39. “I feel I still have room to improve, I still set goals for myself to strive for. I am never complacent with what I have achieved.” – Michael Jordan

40. “I read my goals every single morning. I have five to seven goals. They range from health, family to career. About five of those goals expire in six months and one of them expires in 10 years and one of them expires in 20 years.” – Daymond John

Related: Why Goal Setting Fails

Bonus Goal Setting Quote

Bonus: “The man on top of the mountain did not fall there.” – Vince Lombardi

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Use These Goal Setting Quotes to… PLAN, PURSUE, PROSPER

And that’s that! 35+ goal setting quotes to empower you to take action on your dreams, first by setting your dreams down on paper as a written goal, then by taking massive action to achieve them.

Without a doubt, there’s power in goal-setting, so don’t wait too long. Plan, pursue, prosper!

Till next time,


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