Goal Setting Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old goal setting quotes, goal setting sayings, and goal setting proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A goal properly set is halfway reached.     

Zig Ziglar

This one step-choosing a goal and sticking to it-changes everything.     

Scott Reed

If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.     

Jim Rohn

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

The greater danger for most of us isn't that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.     


Most "impossible" goals can be met simply by breaking them down into bite size chunks, writing them down, believing them, and then going full speed ahead as if they were routine.     

Don Lancaster

Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight.     

Denis Waitley and Remi Witt

In all things that you do, consider the end.     


Aim at 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

Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it.     

Burmese Saying

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!     

Michael Korda

Any man who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved has already defined his own limitations.     

Nido Qubein

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

Robert Collier

See the things you want as already yours. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession.     

Louisa May Alcott

Aim for the highest.     

W. Clement Stone

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

Les Brown

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

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.     

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The secret to productive goal setting is in establishing clearly defined goals, writing them down and then focusing on them several times a day with words, pictures and emotions as if we've already achieved them.     

Geoffry Abert

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.     

Zig Ziglar

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

C. S. Lewis

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

If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time.     

Zig Ziglar

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.     

Tom Landry

The important thing in life is to have a great aim, and the determination to attain it.     


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.     

Stephen A. Brennan

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

Andrew Carnegie

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

Man, with no objective, will soon possess nothing. Having an objective, even low, is better than having none.     


First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.