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Goal Setting Quotes: Some Rarely Seen and Some Classics

-   By James Stevenson (MSc, IEA) - EMCC Accredited Coaching Psychologist and Positive Psychologist

Do you love a good quote to perk up the spirits? Check out some of my favourite goal setting quotes...

Below you'll find some goal setting quotes that'll leave you encouraged and ready to challenge yourself!

What is it about certain quotes...

I love how the words of certain authors inspire me. That moment when I feel hope rising in me and creative ideas start showing up out of nowhere!

I love how I seem to borrow certainty and confidence in a certain approach and create a driving force toward my goals until gradually I too can, more and more, speak from deep conviction.

I love how the beauty, the poetic spirit of the writer can move my heart and shift my energy.

Soak these beauties right in. How about picking your top 3?

Goal setting quotes that'll inspire you again and again

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

Louisa May Alcott

Make goals. Whether big or small, work towards realising them. You must be serious about your goals -you'll get nowhere if you treat them like jokes. An earnest, dedicated spirit shines like a diamond and moves people's hearts. That is because a brilliant flame burns within" - Daisaku Ikeda

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

The great danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim to high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark -  Michelangelo

A goal is a dream with a deadline - Napoleon Hill

“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.”

Arnold Joseph Toynbee

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams - Eleanor Roosevelt

It is also the actual progression towards the goal and not necessarily the attainment of the goal that creates wellbeing... Furthermore goals add structure and meaning to our daily live, helping us learn how to manage our time... People with aspirations or dreams that are in progress or achievable or are personally meaningful, are happier than those who do not have them  - Heffron and Boniwell (2011)

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes - Andrew Carnegie

Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives - Victor Frankl

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals - Henry David Thoreau

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

If you have built castles in the air, you're work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them - Henry David Thoreau (Walden)

A goal is not always meant to be reached, It often serves simply as something to aim at. - Bruce Lee 

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars - Les Brown

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

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time - Zig Ziglar

What I have learned, that is one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life he imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours - Henry David Thoreau

Goal Setting Quotes with images 

Quote 1 - Earl Nightingale

The idea of "the goal we've established for ourselves" and "work we enjoy" are especially striking to me. It's so easy to adopt common goals. When your goal comes from within it's significantly more powerful.

Quote 2 - Einstein

Interesting one... this idea of working towards a great purpose comes up again and again with multiple inspirational leaders.

Quote 3 - Zig Ziglar

It's so true! That little voice inside starts encouraging you all by itself.

Quote 4 - Bruce Lee

Probably the most important thing to remember again and again if you have some hesitation about setting goals or if you're worried about disappointment.

Quote 5 - Richard Branson

Richard certainly aimed high. It takes a moment of courage to do this. If you're thinking about aiming high how about using the worksheet below.

Quote 6 - Daisaku Ikeda

The words that jump out at me here are "continually" and "steadily", and "one step at a time". Which words are most hitting home with you?

Quote 7 - Aristotle 

So what can you do right this second to get started? 

If you had a moment of motivation or inspiration reading the goal setting quotes above how about capitalising and putting your top three goals in the worksheet below?

Top three goals worksheet

You can download the printable PDF worksheet for the worksheet above here.

If you'd like to go into a big more detail with your number 1 goal how about using the worksheet below?

Main goal worksheet

You can download the high quality printable PDF for this worksheet here.

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