having a goal is more to be
feared than not reaching a goal.
reason most people never reach their goals is
that they don't
define them, or ever seriously
consider them as believable or achievable.
Goals are access
lines to the future. They allow us to run the race with the finish
line firmly established.
your goals, think of them as signposts, pointing you in a certain
direction. They give you a focus and help your energy to get
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
unexpected bend and turn of the road, every new opportunity
for learning and feeling.
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.
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.
are simply tools to focus your energy in positive
directions; they can be
changed as your priorities
change, new ones added, and others dropped.
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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.
It must be borne in mind that
doesn’t lie in
not reaching your goal.
tragedy lies in having no goal
reach. It isn’t a calamity
to die with dreams unfulfilled,
is a calamity not to dream.
It is not a disaster to be unable to capture
your ideals, but it is a disaster to have no
ideals to capture. It
is not a disgrace not
the stars, but it is a disgrace
to have no
stars to reach for.
The happiest days are found in struggling
toward a goal, not in any attainment.
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.
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.
|No matter what the competition is, I try to find
goal that day and better that goal.
Know what you want to do--then do it. Make
for your goal and go undefeated in spirit to the end.
Goals are dreams with deadlines.
Diana Scharf Hunt
|A good goal is like a strenuous exercise--it makes you
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.
In the long
run, people hit only what they aim at.
Henry David Thoreau
There is a process for creating
our goals. Often we start out with enthusiasm and
then become discouraged and unsure. We may work hard for a while but
results. At times everything will seem to be coming together
perfectly, and then we
may go through a period where our dreams appear to be on hold.
giving up may enter our minds. That's when we need to trust the ebb
and flow of the process.
We must resist becoming too invested in achieving our goals in some
Many paths can lead to the same destination. Some minor adjustments
may be necessary.
Step back and assess. Maybe your vision isn't clear enough. Or
perhaps you are trying
to achieve too much too quickly and need to break your goals down
into smaller, more specific steps.
Sometimes it appears that things are standing still when they are actually
in an unseen way. The people who need to assist you may be on their
way and just haven't
shown up yet. Or the house you are looking for may not be on the
market one week but
will be the next. Relax for a while and put your list of goals in a
drawer for a few days
and enjoy life. This will give you the energy to refine your vision
and discover the next step.
Salle Merrill Redfield
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sort of thing is simply to have a good time. But people get
so solemn over the process that they forget the end.
give direction to our lives. We need to know who we are
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
day-to-day living that makes the completion possible.
secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever
your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.
is to strive towards
a goal which is not
That goal is not
the concern of
the mind, but of
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
our problems are not difficult, but nonsensical.
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
You must know, at all times, precisely and for certain what it is you want
and achieve. Strong and organized purposefulness toward a definite
will focus your powers into a strong motivation in attainment of your
Norman Vincent Peale
When goals go, meaning goes.
When meaning goes, purpose goes.
When purpose goes, life goes dead on our hands.
victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting
goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become
endurable as you parade through each day convinced that each task,
no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to achieving your
|Before you begin a
thing, remind yourself that difficulties and delays
to foresee are ahead. . . . You can only see one thing
that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that
and cling to
it through thick and thin.
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
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
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!
Worldwide Laws of Life
we do not know what harbor we are making for," the Roman
philosopher Seneca wrote, "no wind is the right wind."
vision only when they have a dream that drives them on.
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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
there's a tremendous risk that you'll aim too low. To achieve your
you need to be out of your comfort zone, forcing yourself to achieve
you didn't know you could do. That's how you improve.
Heart of the Team
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.
It is important to focus your attention effectively.
In other words, don't
waste your creative energy.
Without deliberate focus, you're spreading
around randomly, achieving no real benefit for
Keep your attention focused on something
and good things begin to happen.
This is the real reason for goal setting. It's the
mental focus that helps
you achieve your goals. Your
focus is actually strengthening the thoughtform
have expressed as your goal. Unfortunately, many of
us have been
oriented to the pass-fail aspect of goal
setting, and so, to avoid failure, we
goals. Yes, the concept of pass-fail is a belief--a
strong shared one.
If there is something in your life that you want, keep
your attention focused
on that goal. if things show
up--and they will--that seem to get in the way,
focus on them. Handle them, but stay focused on your
goal. It's when
you focus on the obstacles that you
tend to give up. Think about what we have
discussed. What happens when you focus on the
focus just strengthens the
thoughtforms related to the obstacle.
on the goal.
You might have a goal that you believe can be achieved
only if you have a
certain amount of money. Instead
of focusing on the goal, you focus on the
fact that you
don't have enough money. What gets strengthened is
thoughtform for not having enough money. Maybe
there is a way to achieve
the goal without money. By
not focusing on the goal, you restrict possibilities,
which you may not be aware, from occurring.
Bruce I. Doyle III
Your Way to the Life You Want