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Published on May 4, 2020

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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How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

Overwhelm is a pernicious state largely caused by the ever-increasing demands on our time and the distractions that exist all around us. It creeps up on us and can, in its extreme form, leave us feeling anxious, stressed, and exhausted. Therefore, if you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, it’s time to do something about it.

Here are 6 strategies you can follow that will reduce the feeling of overwhelm, leaving you calmer, in control, and a lot less stressed at work.

1. Write Everything Down to Offload Your Mind

The first thing you can do when work feels overwhelming is to write everything down that is on your mind.

Often people just write down all the things they think they have to do. This does help, but a more effective way to reduce overwhelm is to also write down everything that’s occupying your thoughts[1].

For example, you may have had an argument with your colleague or a loved one. If it’s on your mind, write it down. A good way to do this is to draw a line down the middle of the page and title one section “things to do” and the other “what’s on my mind.”

The act of writing all this down and getting it out of your head will help you stop feeling overwhelmed at work. Writing things down can really change your life.

2. Decide How Long It Will Take to Complete Your To-Dos

Once you have emptied your head, go through your list and estimate how long it will take to complete each to-do.

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As you go through your list, you will find quite a few to-dos will only take you five or ten minutes. Others will take longer, often up to several hours.

Do not worry about that at this stage. Just focus on estimating how long you will need to complete each task to the best of your ability. You can learn how to create a more meaningful to-do list here.

3. Take Advantage of Parkinson’s Law

Here’s a little trick I learned a long time ago to help when work feels overwhelming. Parkinson’s Law states that work will fill the time you have available to complete it, and we humans are terrible at estimating how long something will take[2]:

When feeling overwhelmed at work, use Parkinson's Law.

    This is why many people are always late. They think it will only take them thirty minutes to drive across town when previous experience has taught them it usually takes forty-five minutes to do so because traffic is often bad. It’s more wishful thinking than bad judgment.

    We can use Parkinson’s Law to our advantage when we’re feeling overwhelmed at work. If you have estimated that to write five important emails will take ninety minutes, then reduce it down to one hour. Likewise, if you have estimated it will take you three hours to prepare your upcoming presentation, reduce it down to two hours.

    Reducing the time you estimate something will take gives you two advantages. The first is you get your work done quicker, obviously. The second is that you put yourself under a little time pressure, and in doing so you reduce the likelihood you will be distracted or allow yourself to procrastinate.

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    When we overestimate how long something will take, subconsciously our brains know we have plenty of time, so it plays tricks on us, and we end up checking reviews of the Apple Watch 4 or allow our team members to interrupt us with the latest office gossip.

    Applying a little time pressure prevents this from happening, and we get more focused and more work done. This will help when work feels overwhelming.

    4. Use the Power of Your Calendar

    Once you have your time estimates done, open up your calendar and schedule your to-dos to avoid getting overwhelmed at work. Schedule time for each task, especially high priority tasks, while also grouping together similar tasks. This will help relieve stress and anxiety in your daily work life.

    For emails that need attention on your to-do list, schedule time on your calendar to deal with all your emails at once. Likewise, if you have a report to write or a presentation to prepare, add these to your calendar using your estimated time as a guide for how long each will take.

    Seeing these items on your calendar eases your mind because you know you have allocated time to get them done, and you no longer feel you have no time. Grouping similar tasks together keeps you in a focused state longer, and it’s amazing how much work you get done when you do this.

    5. Make Decisions

    For those things you wrote down that are on your mind but are not tasks, make a decision about what you will do with each one[3]. These things are on your mind because you have not made a decision about them.

    If you have an issue with a colleague, a friend, or a loved one, take a little time to think about what would be the best way to resolve the problem. More often than not just talking with the person involved will clear the air and resolve the problem.

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    If it is a more serious issue, then decide how best to deal with it. Talk to your boss or a colleague and get advice.

    Whatever you do, do not allow it to fester. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away and will only make you feel more overwhelmed at work. You need to make a decision to deal with it, and the sooner you do so the sooner the problem will be resolved.

    I remember long ago, when I was in my early twenties and had gone mad with my newly acquired credit cards. I discovered I didn’t have the money to pay my monthly bills. I worried about it for days, got stressed, and really didn’t know what to do. Eventually, I told a good friend about the problem.

    He suggested I called the credit card company to explain my problem. The next day, I plucked up the courage to call the company, explained my problem, and the wonderful person the other end listened and then suggested I pay a smaller amount for a couple of months.

    This one phone call took no more than ten minutes to make, yet it solved my problem and took away a lot of the stress I was feeling at the time. I learned two very valuable lessons from that experience:

    The first was: don’t go mad with newly acquired credit cards! And the second: there’s always a solution to every problem if you just talk to the right person.

    6. Take Some Form of Action

    Because overwhelm is something that creeps up on us, once we are feeling overwhelmed at work (and stressed as the two often go together), the key is to take some form of action.

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    The act of writing everything down that is bothering you and causing you to feel overwhelmed is a great place to start. Being able to see what it is that is bothering you in a list form, no matter how long that list is, eases the mind. You have externalized it.

    It also means that, rather than these worries floating around in a jumbled mess inside your head, they are now visible, and you can make decisions about what to do about them.

    Often, it could be asking a colleague for a little help, or it could be that you need to allocate some focused time to get the work done. The important thing is you make a decision on what to do next.

    When work feels overwhelming, it’s not always caused by a feeling of having a lack of time or too much work. It can also be caused by avoiding a decision about what to do next.

    The Bottom Line

    It’s easy to feel like you have too much on your plate, but there are things you do to make it more manageable. 

    Make a decision, even if it’s just talking to someone about what to do next. Making a decision about how you will resolve something will reduce your feelings of overwhelm and start you down the path to a resolution.

    When you follow these strategies, you can say goodbye to your overwhelm and gain much more control over your day.

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