48 Motivational Quotes About Successful Goal Setting

UPDATED: May 28, 2024
PUBLISHED: December 29, 2016
Young business women setting goals and looking to the future

Before you can achieve anything in life, you have to know what you want. You have to decide that whatever you’re doing is important to you, that it’s worth it. And if it isn’t, it’s time to set new, more meaningful goals.

If you’re passionate about it, about really living out your purpose, you’ll be more likely to commit—to buckle down and set powerful goals. So focus on what you really want to accomplish, and it will make the journey that much sweeter.

Need a push to get started? Find the motivation with these 48 insightful quotes about goal setting.

Goal-setting quotes to motivate you

  • “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie
“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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” —Earl Nightingale
  • “You have to 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
  • “By recording your dreams and goals 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
  • “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.”—Fitzhugh Dodson
“Goals transform a random walk into a chase.” —Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • “Goals transform a random walk into a chase.” —Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” —Albert Einstein
  • “No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” —Jessica Savitch
  • “The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them.” —Og Mandino
  • “The only goals you don’t achieve in life are the goals you don’t set.” —Matt Fox
  • “I believe in goals. It’s never a bad thing to have a dream. If something is really what you want to do, just do it. Whatever your goal.” —Richard Branson
  • “No desired achievement is gained without any goal setting.” ―Wayne Chirisa
  • “Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.” ―Robert H. Schuller
  • “We don’t aim high enough with our goals. We all have more in us, and we are all capable of aiming higher.” ―Jesse Itzler

Quotes about setting goals to help you find your way

  • “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
  • “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” —Michael Korda
  • “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
  • Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” —Jim Rohn
  • A goal properly set is halfway reached.” —Zig Ziglar
  • “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
  • “You need lofty goals. Then cement it with a great work ethic.” —Jerry West
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • “You must raise your aspirations, set higher goals, and make detailed plans to achieve them.” —Brian Tracy
  • “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 
  • “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
  • “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” —Napoleon Hill
  • “It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed.” —Francis Bacon
  • “Most impossible goals can be met simply by breaking them down into bite-size chunks, writing them down, believing them and going full speed ahead as if they were routine.” —Don Lancaster
“Set realistic goals, keep reevaluating, and be consistent.” —Venus Williams
  • “Set realistic goals, keep reevaluating, and be consistent.” —Venus Williams
  • “One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves.” —Karen Casey

Quotes to put things in perspective

“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” —Michael Phelps
  • “I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” —Michael Phelps
  • “You can do anything if you set goals. You just have to push yourself.” —RJ Mitte
  • “It’s important to set your own goals and work hard to achieve them.” —Yuichiro Miura 
  • “You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.” —Ted Turner
  • “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
  • “The thing about goals is that living without them is a lot more fun, in the short run. It seems to me, though, that the people who get things done, who lead, who grow and who make an impact… those people have goals.” —Seth Godin
  • “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” —Jimmy Dean
“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
  • “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
  • “Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.” —Brian Tracy
  • “Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.” —David Joseph Schwartz
  • “Goals produce focus. Without a goal, there is no reason to focus on anything. Think of a goal as a target.” —Bill Price
  • “The first goal need not be the final one, for a sailing ship sails first by one wind, then another. The point is that it is always going somewhere, proceeding toward a final destination.” —Louis L’Amour
  • “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” —Tony Robbins
  • “The real value of setting and achieving goals lies not in the rewards you receive but in the person you become as a result of reaching your goals.” —Robin Sharma
  • “It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is greatest need for having a fixed goal.” —B.C. Forbes
  • “A good goal is like a strenuous exercise—it makes you stretch.” —Mary Kay Ash

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This article was updated May 2024. Photo by insta_photos/Shutterstock

Lydia Sweatt

Lydia Sweatt is a freelance writer, bookworm, and bass guitar enthusiast. When she goes outside, a bicycle goes with her.