So, what’s the secret to making your dreams come true and be successful in life?
A clear and well-defined GOAL.
When you have a goal, you know what exactly you want to accomplish.
And then you start focusing with full commitment to what you really want.
When you’re willing to work hard in the right direction, you never bother about the obstacles in your path to success.
And thus you make your dreams a reality.
So, set a realistic goal, have a plan, and break it into small and manageable steps.
Then work perseveringly towards achieving your goals, step-by-step.
But you need a push to get started, don’t ya?
To give you that push, here’s a collection of 85 inspirational quotes about goal-setting to start your journey on the road to success and living your dreams.
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Let’s check them out.
#1. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else.
— Lawrence J. Peter
#2. Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.
— Bear Bryant
#3. A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.
— Bruce Lee
#4. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
— Henry Ford
#5. The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
#6. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
— C.S. Lewis
#7. 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
#8. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
— Les Brown
#9. If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.
— Zig Ziglar
#10. If you are bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.
— Lou Haltz
#11. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
— Henry David Thoreau
#12. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
— Albert Einstein
#13. Whenever you want to achieve anything, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.
— Paolo Coelho
#14. When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
— Napoleon Hill
#15. Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
— Rabindranath Tagore
#16. 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
#17. You have set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.
— Steve Garvey
#18. 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
#19. Goals. There is no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There is no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there is no telling what will happen when you act upon them.
— Jim Rohn
#20. 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
#21. If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.
— Les Brown
#22. By recording your goals and dreams on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.
— Mark Victor Hansen
#23. You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.
— Ted Turner
#24. The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.
— Michael Jordan
#25. Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and change them in an unstoppable manner.
— Les Brown
#26. Be a wolf. Be a lion. Set goals. Smash them. Be stronger. Be better. Show people who you are. Never apologize for being awesome. Stay positive. Stay the course.
— Robyn Porter
#27. One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.
— Michael Korda
#28. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
— Tony Robbins
#29. You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.
— Jim Rohn
#30. If you don’t design your life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
— Jim Rohn
#31. 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 Swett Marden
#32. Aim for 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
#33. 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
#34. Life is short, fragile and does not wait for anyone. There will never be a perfect time to pursue your dreams and goals.
#35. I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.
— Og Mandino
#36. My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose, somehow we always win out.
— Ronald Reagan
#37. Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.
— Denis Waitley
#38. Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.
#39. 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
#40. On the way to your goal, you can always stop, rest, go the opposite way for a while; but after a reasonable time, you must set off again towards your goal.
— Mehmet Murat Ildan
#41. Without goals and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.
— Fitzhugh Dodson
#42. When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
— Napoleon Hill
#43. You can, you should, and if you are brave enough to start, you will.
— Stephen King
#44. You don’t have to be fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.
— Edmund Hillary
#45. Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
— Napoleon Hill
#46. Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try.
— Denis DeYoung
#47. Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.
— Jeffery Gitomer
#48. 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 Hubbord
#49. Any unforeseen challenges that crop up are only there to test your resolve on your way to ultimate success in reaching your goal.
— Byron Pulsifer
#50. 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
#51. It’s up to you to make your life. Take what you have and stack it up like a tower of teetering blocks. Build your dream around that.
— Cheryl Strayed
#52. The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
— Steve Jobs
#53. A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.
— Walt Disney
#54. If you are not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you are not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you are trying to solve.
— Jeff Bezos
#55. If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal.
#56. Set a goal that makes you jump out of the bed in the morning.
#57. A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.
— Greg S. Reid
#58. Take it day by day. Results don’t come overnight. Change doesn’t happen immediately. Keep working towards your goals.
#59. To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.
— A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
#60. The only thing standing between you and your goal is the false story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.
— Jordan Belfort
#61. Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing can help the man with wrong mental attitude.
— Thomas Jefferson
#62. If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s failure, you’ll fail above everyone else’s success.
— James Cameron
#63. There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it.
— Mario Cuomo
#64. Hustling is putting every minute and all your effort into achieving the goal at hand. Every minute needs to count.
— Gary Vaynerchuk
#65. Dream your own dreams, achieve your own goals. Your journey is your own and unique.
— Roy T. Bennett
#66. The way tom achieve your goals is step by step, you just need to build enough track, to be ahead of the train.
— John Milton Lawrence
#67. The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
— Dalai Lama
#68. Without a goal, you will continue yourself in the manner you have been doing it so far. And obtaining the same expected results, more often, unconsciously.
— Helena Angel
#69. 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
#70. If you want to do something and you have a goal, do it, don’t wait, because your channel might change sometime soon – and quite unexpectedly.
— Sean S warner
#71. Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.
— Lee Hancy
#72. To me, there is only one form of human depravity – the man without a purpose.
— Any Rand
#73. Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.
— William J. Bennett
#74. The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.
— Robert L. Schwartz
#75. Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a Sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.
— Martin Luther King Jr.
#76. Some failure in life is inevitable. It’s impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.
— J.K. Rowling
#77. To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the “what is next”, of our lives. Without dreams and goals, there is no living, not merely existing, and that is not why we are here.
— Mark Twain
#78. It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.
— Pat Summitt
#79. To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.
— T.F. Hodge
#80. No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you have come from, you can always change and become a better version of yourself.
#81. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.
— John Assaraf
#82. 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
#83. You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you have climbed a mountain.
— Tom Hiddleston
#84. What is considered impossible is someone else’s opinion. What is possible is my opinion.
— Idowu Koyenikan
#85. Become the leader of your life. Lead yourself to where you want to be. Breathe life back into your ambitions, your desires, your goals, your relationships.
— Steve Maraboli
Hope these goal setting quotes inspired you to dream big, think big, take action, and get desired results.
You need to have a purpose in your life, that is, you have to decide what exactly you want.
And once you set a goal, just create a plan, and never stop until you reach your destination.
Did any of these goals quotes inspire you to set a meaningful goal and take action?
Would you like to add any other quotes to the list? Do let me know in the comments.