A goal is a dream with a deadline.
In everything the ends well defined are the secret of durable success.
Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.
Failures do what is tension relieving,
while winners do what is goal achieving.
A man should have any number of little aims about which he should be conscious and for which he should have names, but he should have neither name for, nor consciousness concerning, the main aim of his life.
Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog
The great and glorious masterpiece of
man is to know how to live to purpose.
Michel de Montaigne
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.
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?
Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight.
Denis Waitley and Remi Witt
I am always more interested in what I am about to do than what I have already done.
Purpose is what gives life a meaning.
C. H. Parkhurst
The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain.
Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
If you don’t know where you are going,
you’ll end up someplace else.
He who would arrive at the appointed end must follow a single road and not wander through many ways.
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.
In all things that you do, consider the end.
Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
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.
The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.
Richard Monckton Milnes
To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift.
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.
However brilliant an action may be, it should not be accounted great when it is not the result of a great purpose.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld
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
A good archer is known not by his arrows but by his aim.
The going is the goal.
Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it.
In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.
Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.
There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second.
Logan Pearsall Smith
No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or “get rich” in business by being a conformist.
J. Paul Getty
No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.
Jean de La Bruyère
Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality.
Practical dreamers do not quit.
Those who believe they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.
Dreams seldom materialize on their own.
The hand that follows intellect can achieve.
Vigilance in watching opportunity; tact and daring in seizing upon opportunity; force and persistence in crowding opportunity to its utmost of possible achievement — these are the martial virtues which must command success.
Happiness, it turns out, is not the result of having it all but of appreciating what you have and enjoying the process of continual achievement.
Whatsoever the mind has ordained for itself, it has achieved.
I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery.
The secret of all great undertakings is hard work and self-reliance.
Gustavus F. Swift
Shallow men believe in luck, strong men believe in cause and effect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
People sometimes attribute my success to my genius; all the genius I know anything about is hard work.
Success is sweet, the sweeter if long delayed and attained through manifold struggles and defeats.
A. Bronson Alcott
Much we learn only to forget it again; to stand by the goal, we must traverse all the way to it.
Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters. This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The hardest thing is to get started, but the really hardest thing is to finish.
Great men are the modellers, patterns, and in a wide sense creators, of whatsoever the general mass of men contrived to do and attain.
If the mass of people hesitate to act, strike thou in swift with all boldness; the noble heart that understands and seizes quick hold of opportunity can achieve everything.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe