Goals Quotes

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Losers have goals. Winners have systems.
In business, making a million dollars is a goal, but being a serial entrepreneur is a system.
The ability to work hard and make sacrifices comes naturally to those who know exactly what they want.

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Always place a definite purpose before thee.
Hitch your wagon to a star.


A goal is a dream spelled out.
Goals are dreams with deadlines.

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A goal is a dream with a deadline.


Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

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A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Goals determine what you're going to be.
A goal properly set is partially reached.
There must be a goal at every stage of life!
Goals too clearly defined can become blinkers.
In the long run men hit only what they aim at.
By losing your goal—you have lost your way, too!

losing our way

Sight not what's near, when aiming at what's far.


Dreams and goals are coming attractions in your life.
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.

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Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.

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There is nothing worse than being a doer with nothing to do.
No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going.
Not having a goal is more to be feared than not reaching a goal!
Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.
Those who were carried to a goal should not think they've reached it.
An obstacle is something you see when you take your eyes off the goal.


The trouble with our age is that it is all signposts and no destination.
— Company Manners: A Cultural Inquiry into American Life


Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.


To tend, unfailingly, unflinchingly, towards a goal, is the secret of success.
Acceptance of prevailing standards often means we have no standards of our own.
To see one's goal and drive toward it,
Steeling one's heart, is most uplifting!
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

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Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.
Despicable means used to achieve laudable goals renders the goals themselves despicable.
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
Establishing goals is all right if you don't let them deprive you of interesting detours.

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It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed.
One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve.
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

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People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals—that is, goals that do not inspire them.
A noble aim,
Faithfully kept, is as a noble deed,
In whose pure sight all virtue doth succeed.
We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
If we direct all our efforts towards reaching a goal, we stand in grave danger of losing everything.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.


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

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Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.


Everybody sets out to do something, and everybody does something, but no one does what he sets out to do.
When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either.
To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.
To remain healthy, man must have some goal, some purpose in life that he can respect and be proud to work for.
As we voyage along through life,
'Tis the set of the soul
That decides the goal
And not the calm or the strife.
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it: Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.
When natural inclination develops into a passionate desire, one advances towards his goal in seven-league boots.

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What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal.
In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met with by the way.
Management by objectives works if you first think through your objectives. Ninety percent of the time you haven't.


The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never scoring.
Hurl yourself at goals above your head and bear the lacerations that come when you slip and make a fool of yourself.
No set goal achieved satisfies.  Success only breeds a new goal.  The golden apple devoured has seeds.  It is endless.


It matters not what goal you seek
Its secret here reposes:
You've got to dig from week to week
To get Results or Roses.
A good goal is like a strenuous exercise—it makes you stretch.  Goals should be slightly out of reach to be of maximum value.
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose—a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.

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The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.
To live only for some future goal is shallow.  It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.  Here's where things grow.
Once you recognize, or admit, that your primary goal is to fully express yourself, you will find the means to achieve the rest of your goals.
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 the goal.
Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only those who keep their eye fixed on the far horizon will find their right road.
When you're climbing Mount Everest, nothing is easy. You just take one step at a time, never look back, and always keep your eyes glued to the top.
Without some goal and some effort to reach it, no man can live.  When he has lost all hope, all object in life, man becomes a monster in his misery.
It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want.

purpose of life

One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one's greatest efforts.
There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.


A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.


Despite the success cult, men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal, but by the grandness of effort involved in getting there—or failing to get there.
As you head toward your goals, be prepared to make some slight adjustments to your course. You don't change your decision to go—you do change your direction to get there.
We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.

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The first goal need not be the final one, for a sailing ship sails first by one wind, then another. The point is that it is always going somewhere, proceeding toward a final destination.


It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
I believe that if you are bored with life, that if you don't have a burning desire to get up in the morning with an urgent desire to do things, your problem is you do not have an awful lot of goals.
Goals may cause systematic problems for organizations due to narrowed focus, unethical behavior, increased risk taking, decreased cooperation, and decreased intrinsic motivation. Use care when applying goals in your organization.

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Aspiring only to second-place goals is a first-rate way to hedge our bets.  Among the least appreciated reasons for doing superficial, second-rate work of any kind is the comfort of knowing that it's not our best that's on the line.


Goals that people set for themselves and that are devoted to attaining mastery are usually healthy. But goals imposed by others—sales targets, quarterly returns, standardized test scores, and so on—can sometimes have dangerous side effects.

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The goals we pursue are always veiled.  A girl who longs for marriage longs for something she knows nothing about. The boy who hankers after fame has no idea what fame is. The thing that gives our every move its meaning is always totally unknown to us.
An effective goal focuses primarily on results rather than activity.  It identifies where you want to be, and, in the process, helps you determine where you are.  It gives you important information on how to get there, and it tells you when you have arrived.
There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can in the end, get what he wants, if he only tries. That is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is, more or less, an exception to the rule.
It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying that there is greatest need for having a fixed goal, for having an air castle that the outside world cannot wreck.  When few comforts come from without, it is all the more necessary to have a fount to draw on from within.
Know your aim, and live for that one thing.  We have only one life.  The secret of success is concentration; wherever there has been a great life, or a great work, that [concentration] has gone before.  Taste everything a little, look at everything a little; but live for one thing.

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Everybody wants to have a goal—I gotta get to that goal, I gotta get to that goal, I gotta get to that goal.  I can finally get to that goal. Then you get to that goal, and then you gotta get to another goal.  But in between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed—and if you don't, you're a fool.
It's important to understand that as soon as you set a goal, three things are going to emerge that stop most people — but not you. If you know that these three things are part of the process, then you can treat them as what they are — just things to handle — rather than letting them stop you. These three obstacles to success are considerations, fears, and roadblocks.