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Published on February 28, 2020

50 Quotes About Setting Goals To Get Motivated And Inspired

50 Quotes About Setting Goals To Get Motivated And Inspired

Goals give meaning to life. They are meant to continually challenge you to put your talent, skills, creativity, time, resources, and opportunities towards achieving some tangible results for yourself, family, work, and your immediate environment.

Reading quotes about setting goals can help to shape your thoughts and broaden your understanding of goals as you gain access to the thoughts of great minds – people who have mastered the art of goal setting and have become remarkably successful.

Quotes will also help you to rethink your goals and put them in the proper perspective. By reading quotes about goals, you will find inspiration and motivation to set and achieve your own goals.

Below are 50 quotes about setting goals that will give you the needed clarity and push to set and achieve your goals.

Quotes About Setting Goals

There are different things to be taken into consideration when setting your goals. First, you have to think about what you really want in life both in the short term and in the long term.

You also have to set goals that are inspiring and will motivate you to take action. The following quotes will give you an idea of what you should know about goals and the kinds of goals you can set to make your life better.

“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 goals to reach.” — Benjamin E. Mays


“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.”— Tony Robbins


“Becoming a star may not be your destiny, but being the best you can be is a goal that you can set for yourself.” — Brian Lindsay


“Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.” — Robert H. Schuller


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” — C. S. Lewis


“To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.” — Seneca


“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them.” — Og Mandino


“In life, the first thing you must do is decide what you really want. Weigh the costs and the results. Are the results worthy of the costs? Then make up your mind completely and go after your goal with all your might.” — Alfred A. Montapert


“This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything.” —Scott Reed


“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” —Tony Robbins


“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” — Walt Disney


“Goal setting is the secret to a compelling future.” —Tony Robbins


“The thing about goals is that living without them is a lot more fun, in the short run. It seems to me, though, that the people who get things done, who lead, who grow and who make an impact… those people have goals.” —Seth Godin


“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”— Albert Einstein


“If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.” — Lou Holtz


“In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.” — Author Unknown


“Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.” — Brian Tracy


“If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.” — Lou Holtz


“Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.” — Kenichi Ohma


“Goals must never be from your ego, but problems that cry for a solution.” — Robert H. Schuller


“We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech, April 2, 1957


Quotes About Making Your Goals S.M.A.R.T

Achieving your goals depends a great deal on how you set them. It is a general rule in goal setting that goals should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable/Attainable, Realistic/Relevant, and Time-related.

When you take the above criteria into consideration in setting your goals, you would have made a framework that will make your goals work. Here are some quotes that will inspire you to make your goals S.M.A.R.T.

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” —Zig Ziglar


“Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.” —Stephen Covey


“Begin with the end in mind.” —Stephen Covey


“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.” —Theodore Roosevelt


“Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent return on energy!” —Brian Tracy


“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.” —Pablo Picasso


“Goals are dreams with deadlines.” —Anonymous


Quotes About Lofty Goals

Goal setting can appear to be some form of fantasy when you realize that you are setting goals that are way beyond your current status, abilities, or resources that you can ever think of. However, experts say that the lofty goals really are the kinds of goals that you should set.

When you have big dreams, you don’t have to get scared or get carried away, you only have to create the roadmap that will lead you to your goal. The following quotes will show you how to dream big and how to turn your big dreams into reality.

“You have to set 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


“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” —Michael Korda


“You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.” —Ted Turner


“If we have a goal and a plan, and are willing to take risks and mistakes and work as a team, we can choose to do the hard thing.” —Scott Kelly


“I would encourage you to set really high goals. Set goals that, when you set them, you think they’re impossible. But then every day you can work towards them, and anything is possible, so keep working hard and follow your dreams.” —Katie Ledecky


“I have short goals – to get better every day, to help my teammates every day – but my only ultimate goal is to win an NBA championship. It’s all that matters. I dream about it. I dream about it all the time, how it would look, how it would feel. It would be so amazing.” —LeBron James


“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


“Though we may have desires or bold goals, for whatever reason, most of us don’t think we can achieve something beyond what we’re qualified to achieve. Why, I ask, do we let reality interfere with our dreams?” —Simon Sinek


“Don’t be a time manager, be a priority manager. Cut your major goals into bite-sized pieces. Each small priority or requirement on the way to ultimate goal becomes a mini goal in itself.” —Denis Waitley


“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” —Steve Jobs


“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


“Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” —Muhammad Ali


“The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.” — Michelle Obama


“Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the kind of person who can.” — Anonymous


“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” —Michelangelo


Quotes About Achieving Your Goals

From the moment you set your goals, obstacles will begin to arise to make your goals unachievable. However, with motivation, determination and the right set of skills, you can maneuver any situation that might come along the path of achieving your goals.

Here are some insights on what you should expect and how you can always get to achieve your goals despite obstacles.

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” —Confucius


“Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers.” —Les Brown


“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” —Zig Ziglar


“Write your goals down in detail and read your list of goals every day. Some goals may entail a list of shorter goals. Losing a lot of weight, for example, should include mini-goals, such as 10-pound milestones. This will keep your subconscious mind focused on what you want step by step.” —Jack Canfield


“Every day you spend drifting away from your goals is a waste not only of that day, but also of the additional day it takes to regain lost ground.” —Ralph Marston


“If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.” —Brian Tracy


“Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal.” —Brian Adams


Final Thoughts

When your goals become your compass in life, you will never find yourself in a direction that you do not intend for yourself. When you pursue your goals with all vigor, you will find that there is nothing you aim for in life that will not come within your reach.

It may take longer than you have planned and might not come in the exact shape, size or magnitude that you intended but, you will definitely make great progress and experience success more than you have ever imagined.

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13 Critical Things to Consider Before Switching Careers

13 Critical Things to Consider Before Switching Careers

Do you have a path not taken? Maybe you had big career dreams when you were younger, but somehow they didn’t materialize.

Maybe you took your first job, thinking it would be a stepping stone to a better job. It seemed like a good idea at the time, you recall, except the better job never came along. Or perhaps, saddled with student loans, you took a job that helped you pay them off. You paid them all right, but now you feel stuck in a career you don’t really like.

The average person spends 90,000 hours in their lifetime at work[1]. That’s too much time to be doing anything you don’t love!

Is it time to think about switching careers? Here are 13 things to do when making the big leap.

Diagnose Your Current Work Situation

Before switching careers, it’s important to figure out why you’re currently unhappy so you don’t step into another situation that isn’t right for you. Start with these considerations before making any big decisions.

1. What Are You Passionate About?

It’s somewhat shocking, but research shows 87 percent of workers have no passion for their jobs[2]. Passion can be measured many ways, and one person’s passion is another’s poison. Still, if you believe in your company’s core mission, it really helps.

How can you find your passion? You may have to switch careers. Try to arrange informational interviews with as many people as you can who work in the field of your dreams to be certain that making the switch will make you feel more engaged with your work.

Your aim: To be as happy walking into the office on Monday morning as you are leaving the premises on Friday afternoon. When you love your job, no day feels too daunting. When you love your job, it doesn’t feel like work.

Need a little help finding your passion? This article can help: How to Find Your Passion and Live a Fulfilling Life

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2. Can You Keep up With Technology?

Are you keeping up with it? And is your current company supporting your efforts? The speed of technology is so fast that many companies today can’t keep up. This may result in anxiety among the company’s leadership. The sense of anxiety can filter down and impact the workers. Morale is low, and everyone fears for their job.

When switching careers, try to find a company that will allow you to learn as you grow. It also helps to consider yourself a lifelong learner. These days, we all have to be.

Invest the Time to Dream Big

If you’re now sure of why you want to make a move, it’s time to dig into your dreams to find exactly which direction to go.

3. What Does Your Vision Look Like?

Athletes visualize their signature moves. Politicians fantasize about winning. Your task is to visualize your dream. Where do want to be working five years from now? Ten years from now? Fifteen years from now? Figure out what your titles will be at each point along your new trajectory. Will you be living in your current geographical area or will you have moved?

Ask yourself the hard questions as well. Can you afford to switch careers right now? Will you be making more money or less than you currently do? How will you support those who depend on you?

Once you have your vision clearly committed to paper, run your vision by a few of the people who know you best. Do your friends encourage you to pursue your vision? (If they don’t, consider finding more supportive friends.)

4. Do You Know What to Expect?

It’s harder to switch careers than to find a new job in your current field. You may have to accomplish the move in several discreet steps. Will making a lateral move at your current company take you one step closer to your ultimate goal?

In addition to researching your dream field online, try to surround yourself with some friends who have recently switched careers. After you have formed a rough idea of the steps you will need to take to get from where you are now to your new career, consider committing it to an action plan. The more concrete you can make your Plan, the better.

Should you be attending more networking events? Do you need to burnish your online profile? Commit to action steps, and then put those steps into your daily calendar. You’re going to do this!

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If, for instance, you’ve decided to move from marriage counseling to financial planning — you’ve seen enough divorces resulting from money matters to know there’s a better way to help people — your listening skills and discretion will be an asset. Your research will reveal whether you need specialized training or licensing to qualify. If so, go online and add your name to every list you can find to learn more information. Start calculating how to pay for your courses. A bonus you’ll get with continuing ed courses: you’ll gain access to a strong peer network.

Take Action

Time to make the move. Start considering how you will approach these steps to get where you want to go.

5. Who Will Support You?

What if, early in your career, you made a job switch that you regret? Now is the time to call your ex-boss and try to get together for lunch or a cup of coffee. Let them know you are thinking of making a U-turn back to your former field.

What if your sister disapproves of every idea you have? Either resolve to avoid her for the next 12 months or call her right now — and tell her you’re switching careers and you don’t care whether she approves! Keep all naysayers at a distance during this transition time.

6. What Can You Do Each Day to Accomplish Your Dream?

Switching careers can be quite time-consuming, but if you break down the task into small chunks, tracking your progress as you go, you’ll have a better chance of success. Whether you spend a few hours today googling your dream career, or refurbish your LinkedIn profile to emphasize the skills you have that will help you land this new job — just keep at it.

Career-switcher’s hint: Working on your new dream for one hour each day is more productive than spending 12 hours working at it on a Sunday. The more committed you are to achieving your goal, the faster it will happen.

7. Does Your Resume Highlight the Correct Skills?

First, research the qualifications of the position you hope to land. Then, look for ways to mesh them with your own skills. While some careers require specific degrees and credentials, there are many positions you can transition into that require no additional education. Sometimes, what you bring from your own background is perfect.

Take inventory of all the hard and soft job skills you possess. For the skills you don’t have, put a plan in place to acquire them!

Highlight your qualifications in a way that makes a well-argued case for your compatibility with the organization and the position you’re after. Keep in mind that all employers look for candidates with skills that show leadership and the ability to solve problems, persevere through challenges, and get results.

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Refine the skills on your resume to incorporate these resume “musts.” Make sure, though, to only claim skills you truly possess. Unless you’re proficient in a software program or are fluent in a second language, leave any mention of them off.

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When switching careers, there are ways to make it easier. Look into these questions to see what can work for you in your search.

8. Do You Have Any Contacts in Your Desired Career?

People are remarkably forthcoming on their LinkedIn profiles. This helps when you search out employees in your dream field or a targeted company. But before you take full advantage of online networking, first make sure that your profile content is fresh.

Curate all social media accounts to reflect your new direction. Social media can increase your networking opportunities exponentially. Comment on the posts of your targeted contacts and pose pertinent questions to get on their radar.

9. Are You Networking Enough?

While it may be considered old-school to tap your organically grown (offline) network, it still comes with the best odds of success. Reach out to your friends and acquaintances with industry connections who can help you make a connection.

Make a point of meeting face-to-face with anyone who can offer you a lead or provide a reference. You never know what kind of opportunity will unfold from these offline connections.

Learn more about networking here: How to Network So You’ll Get Way Ahead in Your Professional Life

10. How Can You Become an Expert in Your New Field?

Start building the skills you’ll need to make your career switch. LinkedIn and many other providers offer online courses in everything from accounting software to mastering Excel. For extra credit, see if you can find classes that award online badges for completing each course. Don’t be shy about adding these certificates to your online profile.

Read trade magazines and study up on industry trends. Write and post articles on timely topics. Develop an online presence in the field of your dreams.

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11. Are You Willing to Put Yourself out There?

Nonprofit organizations often look for volunteers to help them with their outreach, social media, fundraising, and more. Once you’ve mastered the needed skills, be sure to have the head of the organization or a board member write a glowing recommendation for you.

Depending on your desired career, it may be possible to take on a contract assignment at a company where you learn on the job. A freelance gig allows you to polish your skills, make connections, and prove you’re serious about this career change.

For example, if your dream is to transform your knack for attracting followers through pithy postings into a career as a social media manager, don’t be afraid to pitch your services. Most companies need someone to manage their online presence and may welcome your fresh new strategy.

Switching Careers Results

Now that you’ve taken the steps to switch careers, bask in the success you’ve found in doing so.

12. How Can You Reward Yourself?

Set whatever benchmarks you need to achieve as you embark on switching careers, and think of them as cause for mini-celebrations. Find frugal ways to reward yourself.

However, hold out for the big, pop-the-champagne celebration until you land your dream job.

13. Has the Risk Paid Off?

People who prefer to play it safe throughout their careers often fall short of their potential. Research shows the primary reason executives derail is an inability to change[3]. It takes a large measure of courage to pursue a new path. And when you succeed, it fuels your confidence.

You have an air of self-assurance about you and a can-do spirit that stands out. And best of all, you’ll have moved from a dead-end or lackluster job to one into which you can pour your passion and realize the feeling of self-fulfillment.

The Bottom Line

Don’t be afraid to switch your career path once you’ve outgrown the one you’re in. Set out to intentionally pursue career satisfaction and you’ll reap great rewards by realizing the joys of job satisfaction.

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