Not having a goal is more to be
feared than not reaching a goal.

Robert Schuller

   

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable.

Denis Waitley
  
  
Goals are access lines to the future.  They allow us to run the race with the finish line firmly established.

Emilie Barnes

      
To enjoy your goals, think of them as signposts, pointing you in a certain direction.  They give you a focus and help your energy to get moving.  The way you go is up to you; you can get very uptight focusing only on getting to your goal or you can relax and enjoy the entire journey, appreciating every unexpected bend and turn of the road, ever new opportunity for learning and feeling.

Shakti Gawain
  
You have to set the 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
   
If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you.  If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you.  Whatever good things we build end up building us.

Jim Rohn
  

Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions; they can be
changed as your priorities change, new ones added, and others dropped.

O. Carl Simonton

   

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Not every end is a goal.  The end of a melody is not
its goal; but nevertheless, if the melody had not reached
its end it would not have reached its goal either.

Friedrich W. Nietzsche

  

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 goal
to reach.  It isn’t a calamity
to die with dreams unfulfilled,
but it is a calamity not to dream.
It is not a disgrace not to reach
the stars, but it is a disgrace
to have no stars to reach for.
Not failure, but low aim is sin.

Benjamin Mays

The happiest days are found in struggling
toward a goal, not in any attainment.

unattributed

  

If one sets up fantasy goals, then it follows that one will experience
fantasy victories and fantasy defeats, the inevitable pendulum
swing within the world of desire.  The goal of God is the reality of
yourself; you are within God, and God is within you.

A Spiritual Warrior

  

Write down on paper your goal in life.  With that down in
black and white, we can get somewhere.  Few can define
their goal, much less write it.  You cannot find happiness
until your goal is clear and in view.

Ross Byron

  
No matter what the competition is, I try to find
a goal that day and better that goal.

Bonnie Blair

Know what you want to do--then do it.  Make straight
for your goal and go undefeated in spirit to the end.

Ernestine Schumann-Heink

Goals are dreams with deadlines.

Diana Scharf Hunt

A good goal is like a strenuous exercise--it makes you stretch.

Mary Kay Ash
  
If I had one wish for my children, it would be that each of them
would reach for goals that have meaning for them as individuals.

Lillian Carter
  

In the long run, people hit only what they aim at.

Henry David Thoreau

 

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The goal of all civilization, all religious thought, and all that
sort of thing is simply to have a good time.  But people get
so solemn over the process that they forget the end.

Don Marquis
 

Goals give direction to our lives.  We need to know who we are
and where we want to go.  But the trip itself, the steps we
travel, offer us daily satisfaction moment by moment--
fulfillment, if we'd but realize it.  Too often we keep our
sights on the goal's completion, rather than the process--the
day-to-day living that makes the completion possible.

unattributed

  

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret.  Whatever
your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.

Oprah Winfrey

 

The important thing
is to strive towards
a goal which is not
immediately visible.
That goal is not
the concern of
the mind, but of
the spirit.

Antoine de
Saint-Exupéry

   

The 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.

Michelangelo Buonarrati (attributed)

   
   
Because our goals are not lofty but illusory,
our problems are not difficult, but nonsensical.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
    

To experience the satisfaction and enjoyment of success in life, a definitive goal
is essential.  Many people fail at this vital point.  The goal must be definite and specific,
not in any sense vague or fuzzy.  And to prove attainable, its image needs to be
sharpened and resharpened continually, so that it stands out vividly in your thoughts.
You must know, at all times, precisely and for certain what it is you want to accomplish
and achieve.  Strong and organized purposefulness toward a definite objective
will focus your powers into a strong motivation in attainment of your goal.

Norman Vincent Peale

    
   




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Before you begin a thing, remind yourself that difficulties and delays
quite impossible to foresee are ahead. . . . You can only see one thing
clearly and that is your goal.  Form a mental vision of that
and cling to it through thick and thin.

Kathleen Norris
   

When we have no goal, or when our vision of the goal is obscured,
we may lose our sense of purpose.  Even when we've prepared
ourselves well and have an aptitude for a given activity, poorly
directed efforts can rob us of vital energy.  We can spend a great
deal of our time, money, and other resources running around in
circles.  Unless we create specific goals that match our purpose
in life and unless we keep a clear vision of these goals,
we may eventually falter and fail.

John Marks Templeton
Worldwide Laws of Life

   
The following guidelines may help you to achieve your goal:

1.  Think of your goal not as some vague and nebulous idea but in clear and specific terms.

2.  Outline your goal in writing in detail.

3.  Keep your goal in the forefront of your mind by reviewing it almost every day.

4.  Learn everything you can that relates to your goal.

5.  Be willing to work as hard as you can toward achieving your goal when the opportunity comes along.

6.  Give the universe an opportunity to assist in achieving your goal by affirming, "This or something better!"

7.  Stay open to receive all possibilities for achieving your goal.

Remember, "failing to plan is planning to fail."  Just as a road map is an indispensable tool for a trip, a plan is an indispensable tool when you travel the journey of life toward your goals.  Follow your plan to a more successful life!

John Marks Templeton
Worldwide Laws of Life
   
   
"When we do not know what harbor we are making for," the Roman
philosopher Seneca wrote, "no wind is the right wind."  Persons have
vision only when they have a dream that drives them on.

Joan Chittister
Seeing with Our Souls
   

Each season I tell the Roughriders that failure is achieving all your goals--it
means you didn't aim high enough.  When you're setting goals, I explain,
there's a tremendous risk that you'll aim too low.  To achieve your potential,
you need to be out of your comfort zone, forcing yourself to achieve things
you didn't know you could do.  That's how you improve.

Bill Resler
The Heart of the Team

   

You must have long-range goals to keep you
from being frustrated by short-range failure.

George H. Bender
also attributed to Charles C. Noble

  
Set goals that don't feel all that easy, that challenge you, stimulate you,
and give you a chance to stretch and push yourself.
That is where the power of growth lies.

Nathaniel Branden
Self-Esteem Every Day
   

  

   

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