97 Quotes About Setting & Achieving Goals (to Realize Your Dreams)
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Have you ever wondered what the secret is to make your dreams come true?
Some people would say that all you need to do is work hard ‘round the clock to achieve what you really want in life. Others think that it’s all about whom you know and using that connection to achieve success. Some feel that there are just people who are born lucky and get all the breaks.
What if I tell you that all of them got it wrong?
Regardless of how hard you work but if you are aiming for the wrong dream, then all that effort will only get you to the wrong destination faster. Imagine how disappointing that would be.
Also, despite connections, you still have to prove yourself worthy of whatever success – such as a promotion – that comes your way, especially to those who may have been passed over for you and more so to the one who gave you the leg up.
Eventually proving your worth to others becomes exhausting.
However, there is actually a formula for making your dreams into a reality:
goals + commitment = dreams come true
By having clear goals, you have an idea what exactly you want to achieve and how to go about doing it.
More importantly, having commitment means that you are willing to work hard despite the obstacles in your path in order to make your dreams a reality.
Today’s post features a collection of quotes about setting and achieving goals to manifest your dreams. These quotes come from different individuals who are considered the greatest in their fields. They achieved their dreams by adhering to the formula for success.
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I hope you will be inspired to manifest your heart’s desire through quotes about setting goals; quotes about achieving goals and working hard; quotes about achieving success and staying focused on goals; quotes about achieving goals and overcoming obstacles; and quotes about goals, getting started, and investing time in your dreams.
Having a goal serves as a compass to know exactly where you’re headed. Let’s start our journey on the road to success with quotes about setting goals.
Quotes about Setting Goals
“It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.”
– Pat Summitt
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
– Albert Einstein
“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.”
– Michael Korda
“If you aim for nothing, you'll hit it every time.”
– Source unknown
“It’s important to set your own goals and work hard to achieve them.”
– Yuichiro Miura
“You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.”
– Ted Turner
“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.”
“I do know that when I am 60, I should be attempting to achieve different personal goals than those which had priority at age 20.” – Warren Buffett
“A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
– Zig Ziglar
“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
“In all things that you do, consider the end.”
“In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.”
– Author Unknown
“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”
– Rabindranath Tagore
“We aim above the mark to hit the mark.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“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
“I am always more interested in what I am about to do than what I have already done.”
– Rachel Carson
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
– Tony Robbins
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.”
– Andrew Carnegie
“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
Do the quotes above motivate you identify the exact things you want to achieve?
Before we dive into the next series of quotes, let’s talk about hard work.
When channeled correctly — that is, when we know why we’re working hard — it generates guaranteed success.
Hard work teaches us discipline, ups our chances of being noticed for our work habits, builds our confidence, and opens our hearts to gratitude.
The following quotes about achieving goals and working hard tells us what we can reap from giving our best effort.
Quotes about Achieving Goals and Working Hard
“Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.”
– Brian Tracy
“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
“In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.”
– Sid Caeser
“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”
– Michael Phelps
“Envision, create, and believe in your own universe, and the universe will form around you.”
– Tony Hsieh
“You can always find a solution if you try hard enough.”
– Lori Greiner
“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.”
– Bo Bennett
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
“The going is the goal.”
– Horace Kallen
“A good goal is like a strenuous exercise — it makes you stretch.”
– Mary Kay Ash
“Dream don’t work unless you do.”
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“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
“There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it.”
– Mario Cuomo
“Many great ideas go unexecuted, and many great executioners are without ideas. One without the other is worthless.”
– Tim Blixseth
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
– Henry David Thoreau
“One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves.”
– Karen Casey
Too often, we expend precious energy on issues that have nothing to do with what we truly want in our lives. It’s like being in a race and constantly looking at the side mirror to see if the other car is gaining rather than focusing on what’s going on in front of you.
Having a vision of what you want to achieve in life is necessary if you ever want to arrive somewhere.
The next series of quotes about achieving success and staying focused on goals reminds you of this.
Quotes about Achieving Success and Staying Focused on Goals
“The great glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live with purpose.”
– Michel de Montaigne
“Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight.”
– Denis Waitley and Remi Witt
“Intention without action is an insult to those who expect the best from you.”
– Andy Andrews
“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
– Bruce Lee
“However brilliant an action may be, it should not be accounted great when it is not the result of a great purpose.”
– Francois de la Rochefoucauld
“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”
– Jim Rohn
“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.”
“Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.”
– Aldous Huxley
“In the end, people will judge you anyway, so don’t live our life impressing other — live your life impressing yourself.”
– Eunice Camacho Infante
“A good archer is known not by his arrows but by his aim.”
– Thomas Fuller
“Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will see farther.”
– Orison Swett Marden
“When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.” – @LollyDaskal
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
– Jim Rohn
“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
“Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.”
– David Ogilvy
“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
“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.”
– Earl Nightingale
“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
“To reach a port, we must sail — Sail, not tie at anchor — Sail, not drift.”
– Franklin Roosevelt
“Do first things first, and second things not at all.”
– Peter Drucker
Have you ever thought about giving up on a dream when the challenges you face in achieving it seem insurmountable?
And many others have thought about quitting, too.
But the German philosopher Nietzche was correct in his observation that things that do not kill us tend to make us stronger.
Our commitment is put to the test every time a roadblock appears on the road to our dreams. It is so easy to turn back sometimes.
However, when you face and overcome challenges, you build your character and discover what you’re really made of. You will understand what kind of mindset you possess and see if it is a factor or a deterrent for success. It brings out the most authentic you.
You’d be surprised at what you are capable of.
The following quotes about achieving goals and overcoming obstacles all came from people who have valiantly faced the proverbial dragons in their own lives and came out as victors.
Quotes about Achieving Goals and Overcoming Obstacles
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”
– Elon Musk
“One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.”
– Jack Penn
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.”
– Elbert Hubbard
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
– Steve Jobs
“Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.” – Jeffrey @gitomer
“You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goals.”
– Booker T. Washington
“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”
– Robert H. Schuller
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
– John Wooden
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
– John D. Rockefeller
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
– Samuel Beckett
“Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.”
– Amelia Earhart
“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
“The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.”
– Richard Monckton Milnes
“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
– Mark Caine
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
– Edmund Hillary
“Challenges are what make life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
– Joshua Marine
Why should you go after your dreams?
Each one of us has a unique gift that we can share with the rest of humanity. The world is a better place when you have made a difference, no matter how small you think it is.
Aside from the benefits to humanity, going after what you truly want brings a deeper meaning to your personal life. You become truly alive.
May the following quotes about goals, getting started, and investing time in your dreams give you courage to give it a shot.
Quotes about Goals, Getting Started, and Investing Time in Your Dreams
“It is never too late to be who you might have been.”
– George Eliot
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
– Author Unknown
“A goal without a timeline is just a dream.”
– Robert Herjavec
“Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.”
– Liz Smith
“If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started.”
– Drew Houston
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
“Don’t rush the process. Good things take time.”
“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence.”
“Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.”
– George Whitefield
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
– Ernest Hemingway
“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”
– Sam Levenson
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
– Karen Lamb
“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
– Bruce Lee
“Goals are dreams with deadlines.”
– Diana Scharf
“I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
– Diane Ackerman
“I know how it looks. But just start. Nothing is insurmountable.”
– Lin-Manuel Miranda
“You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.”
– C.S. Lewis
“To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.”
– John Glenn
Final Thoughts about Setting and Achieving Goals
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