The Best Quotes About Goals For Putting Yourself on the Path to Success

Self-improvement is difficult. We all have goals in our lives but it can be hard to know how to get there. The following quotes about success and goals can help.

Achieving your goals is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. You have to be ready for the long haul and set realistic expectations. There will always be obstacles to overcome, but as long as you stay focused and motivated, you won’t let anything stand in your way. Life is about choices and those choices can affect how you live from day to day. 

Goals can be short-term or long-term and they can be related to your personal or professional life. They can help you ramp up your productivity and engagement at your workplace. The goals a person sets for themselves are something that they will have to work hard to achieve to have a successful outcome. In this article we explore maxims and quotes which give us the necessary wisdom to achieve our goals.

Effective Quotes About Goals

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie
Ambition is more than mere desire. It is desire plus incentive - determination - will to achieve the desire” - Herbert Armstrong
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” —Earl Nightingale
“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
“You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.” —Ted Turner
“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
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius
“There’s nothing better than achieving your goals, whatever they might be.” – Paloma Faith
“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.” – LL Cool J
“You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” – Les Brown
“Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.” – John Dewey
“Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.” – Robery H. Schuller
“Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating, and be consistent.” – Venus Williams
“Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating, and be consistent.” – Ginni Rometti
“It’s an up and down thing, the human goals, because the human is always an explorer, an adventurist.” – Cesar Millan
“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” – James Cameron
“I am constantly re-evaluating my goals and trying to strike items from my to-do list that aren’t critical.” – Aisha Tyler
“All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do.” – Norman Vincent Peale
“Where are the people who don’t have goals headed? Those 97 per cent end up working for the three percent.” – Shiv Khera
“I like to tell young people to work hard for your goals and live in the moment.” – Nadia Comaneci
“People often say I have so much energy, that I never stop; but that’s what it takes to accomplish your goals.” – Curtis Jackson 
“My personal goals are to be happy, healthy and to be surrounded by loved ones.” – Kiana Tom
“You need lofty goals. Then cement it with a great work ethic.” – Jerry West
“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.” – Unknown
“The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people” -Mark Twain
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“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
“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
“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
“You can always find a solution if you try hard enough.”– Lori Greiner
“The going is the goal.”– Horace Kallen
“A good goal is like a strenuous exercise — it makes you stretch.”– Mary Kay Ash
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it.”– Mario Cuomo
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”– Henry David Thoreau
“Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.” – Viktor Frankl
“The great glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live with purpose.”– Michel de Montaigne
“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”
“Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory” - Herbert Kaufman
“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”– Jim Rohn
“Being ambitious is actually good as long as you do not step on other people's toes and provides inspiration to fellow men” - Sara Wellington
“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.”– Unknown
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”– Jim Rohn
“Ambitions reveal direction” - Mace Windu
“To reach a port, we must sail — Sail, not tie at anchor — Sail, not drift.”– Franklin Roosevelt
“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
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.”– Elbert Hubbard
“Realizing your ambitions, controlling your fate, and achieving unrivaled greatness is derived from knowing what to change, how to change, and, most importantly, why to change.” -Dean Gualco
“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 we have a goal and a plan, and are willing to take risks and mistakes and work as a team, we can choose to do the hard thing.” — Scott Kelly
“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” – Jack Ma
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.” — Arianna Huffington
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. - Carl Sagan
“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey
“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” – Elon Musk
Don’t be afraid to be ambitious about your goals. Hard work never stops. Neither should your dreams. - Dwayne Johnson
“A goal without a timeline is just a dream.” – Robert Herjavec
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn't prepared to work for. - Habeeb Akande
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
Achievement results from work realizing ambition. - Adam Ant
“You have to be able to get up and dust yourself off and always be going forward.” – Rita Moreno
“Hustling is putting every minute and all your effort into achieving the goal at hand. Every minute needs to count.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
“Dream your own dreams, achieve your own goals. Your journey is your own and unique.” – Roy T. Bennett
People with ambition don't give a damn what other people think of them. - Diane Setterfield
“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
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A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be. - Steven Brust
“Life is short, fragile and does not wait for anyone. There will NEVER be a perfect time to pursue your dreams and goals. ” – Unknown
Ambition is enthusiasm with a purpose. - Frank Tyger
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill
“Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing.” – William Shakespeare
Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. - Bill Bradley
“Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.” – Aldous Huxley
Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine. Ain't nowhere else in the world where you can go from driving a truck to Cadillac overnight. - Elvis Presley
“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
Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. - Timothy Leary
“The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.” – Richard Monckton Milnes
“A good archer is known not by his arrows but by his aim.” – Thomas Fuller
Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small but meaningful accomplishments. - Bryant H. McGill
"In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.” – Unknown
If you don't have ambition to be one of the best, someone will always come and take your place. - Romelu Lukaku
“Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.”― David Joseph Schwartz
Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small but meaningful accomplishments. - Bryant H. McGill
“No desired achievement is gained without any goal setting.”― Wayne Chirisa
“I love the challenge of starting at zero every day and seeing how much I can accomplish.”― Martha Stewart
Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy. - Bryant H. McGill
“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
“The only goals you don’t achieve in life are the goals you don’t set.” ― Matt Fox
“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” — Steve Jobs
“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
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

In conclusion, it is important to have goals in life. Whether you are setting personal goals for yourself or work-related goals, they are essential. They provide you with a direction and purpose. Without goals, we can become aimless and lost. We need to have a plan. Goals help us enjoy what we do and also keep us motivated and moving ahead. We can work on any goal together and create a plan for reaching the goals. 

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What is a good success quote?

There are many quotes about success. Some people want to achieve success according to their goals, while others want to get success by following their dreams. Some relevant success quotes are as follows:

"If you want to be successful, there are three things you need: a positive attitude, a definite goal, and the determination to achieve it.” - Zig Ziglar

“Success is a process and not a destination.”

Why is having a goal important?

Goals are attainable and visible targets for success. They offer a clear picture of what needs to be achieved and why. Goals serve as a motivator, a timeline, and an action plan for achieving success. By setting a goal you have taken the first step of reaching your potential.

What are the 5 rules of smart goals?

1. Specific
2. Measurable
3. Attainable
4. Realistic
5. Timely

These rules are self-explanatory and essential when it comes to goal setting.

What are the 3 types of goals?

1. Process goals: Process goals are mostly behaviour related goals, they are strategies which when implemented help increase our chances of desired outcome.

Example; I will work out 30 mins every day

2. Performance goals: These are the standards and measures to which we benchmark our process goals. 

Example: I want to lose 10 kg by this year-end

3. Outcome goals: These goals are extremely specific and measured by the end result that we intend to achieve.

Example: I want to win Wimbledon.

How do you write goals in life?

The question of how you should write goals in life is constantly debated. Some people say it's important to be specific about what you want, while others say it's better to be more general. It is important to make sure that your goals are achievable, but that doesn't mean that they need to be too easy. It is also worth considering the importance of timeframes when setting your goals. People often measure their success by the degree to which their goals are met; this could be an indicator of how well the goal was written in the first place.

Goal setting broadly revolves around you answering these three questions:

  1. What are your goals?
  2. Do you know what you want to achieve in life?
  3. Do you have a plan to get there?
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