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55 Quotes About Achieving Goals To Help You Stay Motivated

55 Quotes About Achieving Goals To Help You Stay Motivated

Setting and achieving goals is a process with different phases that will require lots of focus, commitment, and hard work. In order not to get distracted or overwhelmed, there is a need to stay constantly motivated on the journey to reaching your goals.

Below are collections of quotes about achieving goals to help you sustain your goal drive. You will find quotes about focus and the right attitude, hard work and discipline, determination, overcoming obstacles, plans and tactics, commitment, and overcoming failure.

Quotes About Attitude and Focus

In order to achieve your goals, you have to have the right attitudes and maintain focus in all you do. You need to have a positive attitude to beat any form of negativity that may want to stop you from achieving your goals.

Having focus is about keeping your eyes on the goal and not wavering in your conviction to achieve them. Different things may come as a distraction, such as temporary setbacks or other ‘good stuff’ that are equally begging for your attention.

But you should know that once you have made up your mind about a particular goal, nothing else is good enough for the moment apart from achieving that goal.

Below are some quotes about attitude and focus to keep you on track.

“You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” – Les Brown

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.” – John D. Rockefeller

“You must not let your negative emotions distract you from achieving your goals.” – Clay Clark

“Picture yourself in your mind’s eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you’ll be doing when you’ve reached your goal.” – Earl Nightingale

“If you have a goal and you set your mind to it, you can absolutely achieve it.” – Kelley O’Hara

“I never try to set goals that I know are too tough to achieve or out of my reach.” – Louis Oosthuizen

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I think setting a goal, getting a visual image of what it is you want. You’ve got to see what it is you want to achieve before you can pursue it.” – Chuck Norris

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“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

“Having the strength to tune out negativity and remain focused on what I want gives me the will and confidence to achieve my goals.” – Gisele Bundchen

“A goal without a timeline is just a dream.” — Robert Herjavec

Quotes About Hard Work and Discipline

Achieving your set goals will demand your sweat. Any goal that will not stretch you to work hard and smart is not worth it.

Why do we set goals in the first place? Is it not to reach for something that is currently beyond us?

You have to be in good terms with discipline and hard work if you want to achieve your set goals. Here are some quotes to inspire you to discipline yourself and work hard to achieve your goals.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” — Peter Drucker

“You can do anything if you set goals. You just have to push yourself.” — RJ Mitte

“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put to mind” Averstu.com

“A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”– Colin Powell

“Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands.”– Zig Ziglar

“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” — Michael Phelps

“If you work towards goals, everything is achievable.” – Isa Guha

“Most achievers I know are people who have made a strong and deep dedication to pursuing a particular goal. That dedication took a tremendous amount of effort.” – Donald Johanson

“It’s shown and proved that hard work pays off. Make goals, achieve them and replace them with new goals.” – Lance Gross

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotes About Determination

Do you have your mind made up already about your goals?

One of the reasons why people drop their goals prematurely is because their determination was weak from the onset. You need to learn to set your mind on achieving your goal and nothing less.

Here are some quotes about determination that will help you in achieving your goals.

“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” — Les Brown

“Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try.” — Dennis DeYoung

“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” — Elon Musk

“To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.” — Bill Gates

“Any goal worth achieving involves an element of risk.” – Dean Karnazes

Quotes About Overcoming Obstacles

Whether you foresee them or not, obstacles will arise to stop you from achieving your goals. It is only your resolute determination that can make you think creatively about ways to overcome or maneuver around the situation.

Here are quotes that will help you put obstacles in the right place while you move on to achieve your goals.

“Life’s problems wouldn’t be called “hurdles” if there wasn’t a way to get over them.” — Author Unknown

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” ― Jordan Belfort

“Any unforeseen challenges that crop up are only there to test your resolve on your way to ultimate success in reaching your goal.” — Byron Pulsifer

“Your complaints, your drama, your victim mentality, your whining, your blaming, and all of your excuses have never gotten you even a single step closer to your goals or dreams. Let go of your nonsense. Let go of the delusion that you deserve better and go earn it!” – Steve Maraboli

“Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.” – Jeffrey Gitomer

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

Quotes About Plans and Tactics

Achieving your goals will require more than your sweat. It also needs a carefully crafted plan, mapped out strategies, as well as ongoing tactics.

Here are quotes about plans and tactics that can inspire you to achieve your goals.

“Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.” — John Carmack

“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

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

“If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough – you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal.” – Richard Stallman

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” – Tom Landry

“If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.” – Jeff Bezos

Quotes About Commitment

If you have great skills and little commitment, you will hardly achieve much. But with average skills and great commitment, you can achieve almost anything. Your goals will require a certain level of commitment before you can achieve them.

Here are some quotes that will inspire you to get committed to meeting up with the requirements of your goals.

“One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves.” — Karen Casey

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” — Earl Nightingale

“Goals are reached with patience and guidance. Goals are like clouds that drift through the skies waiting to be touched. Goals are the ultimate accomplishment of a wheel that is set in motion.” – Alvaretta Roberts

“Priorities are the yearly goals that I’m most interested in achieving, then they become operationalized through weekly goals.” – Robert Pozen

“You achieve long-term success step by step. Try to achieve your goals one at a time, like you do target practice.” – Daniel Snyder

“Committing to a particular goal publicly puts pressure on oneself. It becomes an enormous action-forcing mechanism and often helps you achieve more than you might have had you kept your goals to yourself.” – David Petraeus

“If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals.” – Robert Conklin

“Direct your energy toward achieving a goal, and tackle the problems with an emphasis on edging closer to a successful result.” – Harvey Mackay

“Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.” – Gary Ryan Blair

“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” – Elon Musk

“The only thing standing between you and outrageous success is continuous progress.” – Dan Waldschmidt

Quotes About Overcoming Failure

Failures are nothing but temporary setbacks that everyone will get to encounter at some point or the other. If you learn how to put failure in the proper perspective, you won’t be discouraged to set new goals, even if you fail after putting in your best.

Here are some quotes about failure that will help you maintain enthusiasm when the outcomes of your goals are not as expected.

“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

“The discipline you learn and character you build from setting and achieving a goal can be more valuable than the achievement of the goal itself.” – Bo Bennett

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“Any person who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved has already defined his own limitations.” – Cavett Robert

Final Thoughts

You will have to muscle all the strength and strategy you have to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. If your goals are worth setting, then they are worth achieving too. You can use these quotes about achieving goals to help you achieve them and face the challenges that come along.

Beat your own imaginations, overcome your obstacles, go above and beyond, and achieve tremendous success all the way!

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What to Do If You Find Yourself Making Slow Progress Towards Your Goal

What to Do If You Find Yourself Making Slow Progress Towards Your Goal

If you are making slow progress on a goal you’ve set, maybe it is the wrong goal in the first place. Perhaps factors, including your attitude or environment, do not allow you to make your desired progress. However, it is easy to blame timing and luck; if you set a goal, you and only you are accountable for achieving it (read the achieve my goals guide). The question is, how?

Start With Why

On my career path, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to explore and learn things practically. After a successful corporate career, I spent two years trying to establish an entrepreneurial consultancy, only to realize marginal success.

The consultancy formed based on my core values, candor, curiosity, and collaboration, but unfortunately, my customer base and projects were seemingly random and disjointed. While I understood I needed to establish a consistent and repeatable approach to content marketing to drive my clients’ results, that approach was not apparent in the brand I had built. Things got so rough that I had to resort to collecting unemployment at the onset of the pandemic.

At the beginning of the pandemic, I delivered a webinar called earning trust in uncertain times: coronavirus edition. Afterward, I received an email from a participant. He shared some thoughts on a campaign for his jewelry company and asked for feedback. When I read his email, I realized I could quickly help him to gain clarity, so I sent him a note with an offer to get his message on track. He offered to pay me for my time, and I said to myself,

“I am adding value, and I can charge for this!”

This first client needed to shift my offerings from general marketing consulting to a more diversified career that focuses on personal brand building.

It took a global pandemic to realize I needed to shift my goals to align with the change I was trying to make in the world, to a new business, coaching that applies my skills in an authentic way to me and valuable to prospects and customers.

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Start With Your Identity

James Clear discusses identity-based habits as deeply rooted in a person’s outlook toward life.[1] As a businessperson, identity-based practices are what impact business goals and your approaches towards achieving them. Identity is what you believe in, and outcomes determine what you seek to achieve. A permanent change comes from transforming the who part of behavior—the character.

Whether it is a coaching program I develop, a class I teach, or a marketing campaign I create, I always start identity. According to The Brookings Institute:[2]

Identity is a unique, inherited collection of assets, history, traits, and culture that distinguishes it internally and externally and can unite people and places.

But this logic also applies to personal goals. If losing weight is your goal, your focus is on an outcome rather than an identity-based plan, and you may lose motivation. Think, “Why am I trying to lose weight?”

  • Is it to be more healthy?
  • Did you get some lousy test results at the doctor?
  • Are you at risk of severe health problems?

It may help reframe your goal around a positive statement like, I am working to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Motivation has to come from a place of confidence and belief in yourself. You know what they say about the air mask on the airplane – put it on yourself first.

It is ok to set goals for others; for example, “I am losing weight so I can live for my kids;” however, if you don’t set goals around themes that you can own, and you don’t do it for yourself first, then the people in your life will not receive any benefit.

Think about what you achieve from your efforts — the outcomes. The reality that you are looking at right now must also allude to the fact you promise to create for your clientele, and that is not possible unless you believe in it and make it believable for others.

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Be Specific About What, How, and When

Your values need to align with other people and systems to engage in meeting your desired outcome, so make sure to put in place a process that accounts for what motivates you, that you can reliably complete until you achieve your goal.

If you are not specific and clear about how many pounds you are trying to lose and when you will lose then, then how will you know if you met your goal in the first place?

BJ FOGG, the author of Tiny Habits, suggests that you start small. In the Tiny Habits method, you always start with a tiny behavior. Some examples:

  • Floss one tooth
  • Read one sentence in a book.
  • Take one deep breath.

According to Fogg, an excellent tiny behavior has these qualities:

  • takes less than 30 seconds (even better: just 5 seconds)
  • requires no real effort
  • doesn’t create pain or destructive emotions

Make sure it’s a habit you want to have in your life. Don’t pick something that’s a “should,” choose new behaviors you wish to.

The next thing to learn is where to place the further tiny action in your life. Just like planting a seed, you want the right spot for it, a place where it fits naturally and where it can thrive.

Be flexible and adaptable. We are in a complicated and volatile world, and things change on a dime, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you need to change how you go about achieving your goal or even what goals you are trying to accomplish first place.

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Be aware of bias. As you set out to achieve your goals, it is critical to be aware of the bias that can sneak in and sabotage your thinking. Yes, it is essential to collaborate with others to achieve your goals, but you need to understand yourself and make sure you are not getting in your way before doing that. Here are some common forms of bias.

  • Confirmation bias: People tend to listen more often to information that confirms the beliefs they already have.
  • Selection bias: Selecting individuals, groups that do not provide diverse perspectives for you to consider.
  • Self-serving bias: People tend to give themselves credit for successes but blame failures on external causes.

What about serendipity? Many of us believe that the great turning points and opportunities in our lives happen by chance, that they’re out of our control.

Dr. Christian Busch, author of The Serendipity Mindset: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck, spent a decade exploring how, if acted upon, unexpected encounters can expand our random social encounters can enhance our worldview, expand our social circles, and create new professional opportunities.

Serendipity is usually about connecting dots that have previously remained elusive. Busch’s findings suggest that Good luck isn’t just chance—it can be learned and leveraged. When you are perceptive, curious, open-minded, and eager to see opportunities, others might see only negatively. If you notice something unusual but can connect that bit of information with something else, you are in the right mindset for achieving serendipity.

Motivation and a Realistic Plan

Only you can choose the goals you set. Motivation is critical in meeting your goals. But choosing goals is not enough; you need to select the right goals and define a plan that keeps you accountable for meeting your goals.

Author Gabriele Oettingen defined a methodology you can use to get better at achieving your hopes and dreams. It’s called WOOMP![3]

WOOP stands for:

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  • W = Wish
  • O = Outcome
  • O = Obstacle
  • P = Plan

WOOMP, there it is! WOOMP will force you to be hyper-realistic about your goals and be action-minded in your approach to achieving them.

Show up Consistently

In order to turn your vision into reality, you will have to regularly show up by consistently organizing, leading, and building to get to your goals.

“Some people show up when they need something. Some people show up before they need something, knowing that it will pay off later when they need something. And some people merely show up. Not needing anything, not in anticipation of needing something, but merely because they can.” — Seth Godin

Final Thoughts

While I would be happy to be your trusted advisor and coach, the answer has to start with you. My process will help you to define and document an ownable set of values and marketing frameworks that will make you more appealing to clients/ employers, especially on LinkedIn. These values will translate beyond work, as well.

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