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Great words on goal-setting

As we approach the end of January, a time when you might begin to feel discouraged about lack of progress toward your New Year’s Resolutions, I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes on goals and planning. If we want to succeed with our resolutions, we need to make them measurable and attainable. Breaking them down into specific goals allows us to do that. 

If you haven’t already broken your big dreams down into small goals, take some time to do that this week. Create manageable steps. Give yourself deadlines. And don’t let discouragement derail your dreams.


A goal is a dream with a deadline.

~Napoleon Hill


Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.

~Brian Tracy


If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.

~Yogi Berra


What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

~Henry David Thoreau


Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

~Jim Rohn


If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.

~Lou Holtz


Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.

~Denis Waitley


Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

~Les Brown


It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. d

~T.S. Eliot


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


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

~C.S. Lewis


A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.

~Bruce Lee


If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.



The greater 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.



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


You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goals.

~Booker T. Washington


Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.

~Elbert Hubbard

1 Comment

  1. Goal of the Week - Landing On Solid Ground on July 31, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    […] Goals are so important to our success. We need goals because they help us get to a new place, propelling us towards a new place in our lives or career. They help us attain the unattainable. It is up to us to be smart about our goals and break our goals down into smaller steps. John Maxwell is all about that in his blog post. […]

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