I am always more interested in what I am about to do than what I have already done.
It is better to fall short of a high mark than to reach a low one.
H. C. Payne
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.
(as quoted in Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog)
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
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