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Words of Wisdom on Goal Setting

Our words of wisdom section has more than 35 categories of quotes, including topics such as change, customer service, leadership, motivation, teamwork, and time management.

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Avoid perfection. That last 10% of effort and skill it takes to achieve it isn't worth the time.
~ Walter Wadsworth

You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
~ Wayne Gretsky

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 achieve the second.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith

Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets.
~ Nido Qubein

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
~ Anthony Robbins

Write it down. Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; cant's into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don't just think it—ink it!
~ Author Unknown

Nothing happens unless first we dream.
~ Carl Sandburg

When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible.
~ Nido Qubein

The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.
~ Brian Tracy

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

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
~ Brian Tracy

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.
~ J.C. Penney

Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.
~ Les Brown

Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.
~ Robert H. Schuller

It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.
~ Mabel Newcomber

Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.
~ Elbert Hubbard

If one does not know to which port is sailing, no wind is favorable.
~ Seneca

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
~ Henry Ford

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
~ Michelangelo

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.
~ Thomas Henry Huxley

Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.
~ Doug Larson

Goals are dreams with deadlines.
~ Diana Scharf Hunt

Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.
~ Karen Ravn

To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.
~ Kofi Annan

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 Swelt Marden

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end!
~ Aristotle

It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy of life lies in having no goal to reach.
~ Benjamin Mays

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.
~ Frank A. Clark

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
~ C.S. Lewis

The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.
~ Earl Nightingale

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.
~ Jim Rohn

Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.
~ Fitzhugh Dodson

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
~ Confucius

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
~ Jimmy Dean

A goal without a plan is just a wish.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.
~ Christopher Columbus

What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every day you spend drifting away from your goals is a waste not only of that day, but also of the additional day it takes to regain lost ground.
~ Ralph Marston

Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions, these can be changed as your priorities change, new one added, and others dropped.
~ O. Carl Simonton

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
~ Albert Einstein

Any person who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved, has already defined his own limitations.
~ Cavett Robert

Reach high, for star lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
~ Pamela Vaull Starr

By losing your goal, you have lost your way.
~ Kahill Gibran

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