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74 Inspirations For Personal Goals: The Best Quotes And Sayings

October 19, 2022

15 minutes read

Reading about successful personalities or celebrities, you'll often find that they have made a quote about goals their maxim in life. But are those sayings and adages true pieces of wisdom? Or are they just some beautiful but empty words that briefly make a good impression when skimmed over? For some people it is immediately apparent and they know exactly what the quote is aiming at. Others need some time to interpret it for themselves. And again others even use it outside of its original context.

"People with visions should go to the doctor." (Helmut Schmidt)

In this article you will find more than 70 quotes and sayings about goals to inspire you or make you contemplate. We wouldn't mind if one or the other even puts a smile on your face. Our collection of quotes is divided into the following four categories:

1. What are goals?
2. Why are goals important?
3. Set your goals.
4. Successfully achieve your goals.


What are goals?

Many people have goals that they want to achieve. They provide orientation and encouragement. They can be short or long term and should be realistic and measurable. We can set goals in all areas of life to motivate ourselves and achieve something. Of course, they can and should be different and individual from person to person. Therefore, a little help in finding, formulating and planning goals and their achievement can never hurt — especially from friends, family or professional coaches. Sometimes, however, even a quote from a well-known personality or someone unknown is enough to give us food for thought that shows us the way.

  • "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • “You need lofty goals. Then cement it with a great work ethic.” (Jerry West)
  • “The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.” (Dalai Lama)
  • “The going is the goal.” (Horace Kallen)
  • “Dream your own dreams, achieve your own goals. Your journey is your own and unique.” (Roy T. Bennett)
  • “The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and we will miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” (Michelangelo)
  • “I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” (Michael Phelps)
  • “Goals are dreams brought to life.” (Amy Leigh Mercree)
  • “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” (Michael Korda)
  • “You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.” (Ted Turner)
  • “A good goal is like a strenuous exercise — it makes you stretch.” (Mary Kay Ash)
  • “My personal goals are to be happy, healthy and to be surrounded by loved ones.” (Kiana Tom)
  • "A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” (Bruce Lee)
  • “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” (Napoleon Hill)
  • “A goal without a timeline is just a dream.” (Robert Herjavec)


Why are goals important?


Job interviews often ask what goals the applicant has for the near future. Some find it easy to spontaneously answer this question – and answer it in detail – while others have a constructed sentence at the ready for this exact question because it simply seems impossible for them to define a concrete goal for themselves. Rather, they live their lives from one day to the next without having a rough idea on where their journey of life should lead. This is completely fine. But it also helps people who are among the latter to see their way through a goal a little more clearly. Many people benefit from having a – more or less – defined goal to stick to. It provides motivation and orientation and gives support in rough patches of life not to lose sight of the horizon. For a bit of encouragement to set yourself goals and to get an idea of how different they can be, please read on.  

  • “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” (Tony Robbins)
  • “The only goals you don’t achieve in life are the goals you don’t set.” (Matt Fox)
  • “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)
  • “Intention without action is an insult to those who expect the best from you." (Andy Andrews)
  • “In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.” (Unknown)
  • “Where are the people who don’t have goals headed? Those 97 per cent end up working for the three percent.” (Shiv Khera)
  • “Goals transform a random walk into a chase.” (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)
  • “Without any goal, it’s as if you are only doing things in random.” (Ryan Cooper)
  • “The great secret about goals and visions is not the future they describe but the change in the present they engender.” (David Allen)
  • “Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.” (Robery H. Schuller)
  • “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” (Andrew Carnegie)
  • "The aimless one suffers his fate – the determined one shapes it." (Immanuel Kant)
  • “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” (Jim Rohn)
  • "The way is found only when you know where you are going." (Laozi)
  • “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” (Albert Einstein)
  • “The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” (Benjamin E. Mays)
  • “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)
  • “Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.” (Carl Schurz)
  • “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)
  • “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” (Confucius)
  • “Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.” (Brian Tracy)
  • “Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.” (Viktor Frankl)
  • “Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live.” (John Dewey)
  • “No desired achievement is gained without any goal setting.” (Wayne Chirisa)
  • “Goals are like a map. They help us determine where we want to end up, and give us personal direction on which to focus our energy.” (Catherine Pulsifer)


Set your goals.


What do you want to achieve? What are your goals? The clearer you are about them, the easier it will be for you to identify ways to reach them. Mind you, there probably isn't only one true way. Be patient with yourself uncovering different ones and don't be afraid to seek a new path if the first one didn't lead to your destination.

  • “Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating, and be consistent.” (Venus Williams)
  • “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 way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” (Walt Disney)
  • “You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.” (C.S. Lewis)
  • “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.” (Unknown)
  • “It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.” (Pat Summitt)
  • “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” (Dr. Mae Jemison)
  • "Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." (Gloria Steinem)
  • “Impossible is just an opinion.” (Paulo Coelho)


Successfully achieve your goals.


Many people might have an idea about their goals – even if sometimes only vaguely – but no plan how to achieve them. At the same time, everyone knows that it is difficult, or only possible with a great deal of coincidence, to reach a place you have never been without navigation aids or a map. So in conclusion, here are a few more quotes that are meant to encourage you to do a little bit of planning to reach your goal.

  • “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” (Jim Rohn)
  • “You have to believe it before you see it.” (Unknown)
  • “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” (Elon Musk)
  • “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.” (Pablo Picasso)
  • “In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.” (Sid Caesar)
  • “You know that one thing you’ve always dreamed about? Write it down. Then take the first step. Today.” (Petra Poje)
  • “If we have a goal and a plan, and are willing to take risks and mistakes and work as team, we can choose to do the hard thing.” (Scott Kelly)
  • “Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard.” (Serena Williams)
  • “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.” (Franklin Roosevelt)
  • "Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal." (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  • “Wish it. Plan it. Do it.” (Jaipal Singh)
  • “Remember why you started.” (Unknown)
  • “Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.” (Eminem)
  • “It’s important to set your own goals and work hard to achieve them.” (Yuichiro Miura)
  • “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.” (Unknown)
  • “I like to tell young people to work hard for your goals and live in the moment.” (Nadia Comaneci)
  • “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” (Walt Disney)
  • “Life is short, fragile and does not wait for anyone. There will never be a perfect time to pursue your dreams and goals. ” (Unknown)
  • “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” (Nelson Mandela)
  • “Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.” (Stephen Covey)
  • "The slowest person unless he does not lose the sight of the goal, is faster than the one who wanders aimlessly." (Gotthold Ephrahim Lessing)


Which quote did we miss? Which one keeps motivating you? Is there one specific saying that provoked thoughts or made you smile? Please share in comments below. 

And finally, a last one:

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” (Karen Lamb)



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