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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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How to Start Taking Action on Your Goals and Dreams Now

How to Start Taking Action on Your Goals and Dreams Now

I’m going to tell you the secrets on how to start taking action on your dreams. When you decide to turn thoughts into action, there are specific, actionable steps you can take to move forward.

The first thing I want you to do is think back to when you were a child. Our childhood selves hold many of the secrets to realizing our real life dreams. Think about what you loved to do most and how you told yourself it was possible without worrying about what might get in the way. I’d like you to reconnect to your imagination and playfulness.

By taking the following steps, you’ll do some playing and storytelling to reveal your dreams and start making them come true.

1. Tell Your Story

Your life story is unique and has brought you here today. The next chapter of your life is in your power to write and to realize by taking action. Not everything that happens to you is in your control[1], but the actions you take and how you choose to feel about what happens are in your control.

Finding out what our future lives and dream lives might look like can be done effectively through the eyes of our childhood selves.

Can you remember what you loved to do most as a child? Maybe you enjoyed collecting things like me–I always had a collection of pebbles in a carrier bag that smelled of seawater nestled under my bed. Perhaps you loved taking care of your pets: I had a dog, a tortoise, and many guinea pigs. Or maybe you were really great at making stuff.

You can use the instincts, passions, and skills you had as a child to fuel your progress toward your adult dreams.

I’m inviting you to really think about what you wanted to be when you grew up[2] and the memorable activities you enjoyed as a child, the ones that gave you a real sense of freedom and excitement, or the pursuits that you truly lost yourself in.

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What we call getting into our flow state[3] as an adult is what came naturally to us as children. So, go back there now and think about how that felt. It may clue you in to what still remains true and important to you today.

2. Define Your Dream

The first secret when you want to start taking action on your dreams is to know what they are. This sounds obvious, but so many people only have a loose definition, such as: “more free time,” or “more money.” Busy people know there is something else to life apart from slaving away for a job, or a boss they don’t like, but if you’re too busy to even know what your dream looks like, how can you make it come true?

Once again, I’d invite you to connect to the optimism and playfulness of your childhood self. Go back to thinking about what your dreams involved at age seven or eight. Some of those may still be what you want today.

Now, write down what it is that you want and when you want to achieve it. Note down how you’ll know when you’ve got there and made this dream come true. How will you measure your success? Be as specific about your goals as you can.

A study at the Dominican University in California[4] proved that writing down your goals, accountability, and commitment are three key ingredients to successfully achieving our goals and learning how to take action.

This step also involves building motivation for the steps to come. If you need help in that area, check out Lifehack’s free Ultimate Worksheet for an Instant Motivation Boost.

3. Picture Your Dream Coming True

Think about exactly how it will feel when you start taking action and ultimately achieve your dream, the sense of freedom and excitement. Imagine it in as much detail as you can with all five senses. If you’re finding it hard to imagine a different life, imagine a childhood memory with all its sensations.

As a little girl, I loved to ice-skate, making huge swirly patterns across clean expanses of beautiful glistening ice. The feeling of freedom, of trust in myself to balance, of speed. It felt very immersive, the coldness and my breath turning into little clouds in front of my face.

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Imagine a childhood memory like this, and then imagine the future you want, with as much detail and attention paid to how it looks, feels, tastes, smells, and sounds.

Draw, paint, speak, or write your future story.

If you loved to create pictures like I did as a child, or write stories, or play on the computer, use your natural creative skills and what you love doing to map out your exciting future. You could create a picture, vision board, written story, or audio file.

Then, let’s put that future story somewhere you can easily access it. Make sure that you include a timescale for when you want to achieve this dream by, how you will measure your success, and what you need to get there. If possible, start breaking your dream down into small, manageable steps.

4. What Part Do You Play?

You can’t control everything, so you need to be realistic about your role in taking action and making your future dreams come true. Think about where you need help. During childhood, we were not afraid to ask for help from a parent, friend, or sibling to realize our dreams and plans.

Whatever we needed, our eager and enthusiastic childhood selves would reach out for support. We’d be resourceful with whatever we had to make our creative ideas a reality.

As adults we also need to ask for support and help, and at the same time to notice what is in our control and what we can do to take action today towards our dreams.

5. Who Can Support You?

If you’ve noticed you need a bit of help, then get your tribe together. Which friends can cheer you on, and which can connect you? Who in your family will indulge in your dreams with you? What about the pragmatic ones who might help you work out what you need to get there?

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Whether you need someone to check in on you and see how you’re progressing, or need a buddy to brainstorm with to help the ideas flow, bring a few of your friends into the plan to help you move forward. Successful people know that the habit of taking action is best built with help.

6. Ensure Your Dream Is Realistic

Maybe the dream you’ve outlined just feels impossible. It costs too much or will take too much time to achieve. Instead of telling yourself “no, but,” try the “yes, and” approach. This is much more representative of how a child’s mind works.

When we were little, we weren’t scared to fail, as failing was not a concept to us back then. Let’s harness some of that kid energy and see how “yes, and” can move us forward when our dream feels unrealistic.

Let’s look at an example: maybe your dream is to have a hit record, and you think you can’t sing, or you don’t believe you have any musical talent. Instead of closing that down, if we “yes, and” it, we can say: “I want to have a hit record. Yes, and there are so many ways to achieve that. Some people have a hit record by working for a music business, and others might design the cover art. Some people speak on records instead of singing… yes, and someone has to write the lyrics or have the idea for the song. Yes, and I know someone who organizes a choir every Christmas at their local bar, and everyone in the bar is on the record. That amateur choir even got on TV as it was so much fun and all the money went to charity.”

So, before you decide your idea is unrealistic, try “yes, and-ing” it to see how you can start taking action on your dreams, even if you think it sounds impossible!

7. Use Small Wins and Rewards

On your journey toward achieving your dream, there will be small wins and important milestones; it’s not just about going straight to the destination. Measuring your progress is important and can be a chance to celebrate.

Finding a way to measure it that is visible can really help. Whether it’s a chart or an app, whatever you choose, following and celebrating your progress is key, and celebrating that win is part of the joy. Being in the process and on the journey is just as important as reaching your target. Celebrate with the happiness of a small child: do a dance, take a photo, tell your friends.

8. Update the Map

You might find the plan you made isn’t working for some reason. Things have changed, and your goals and targets are not working out for you . Let’s look at how you can change things up and put new life and energy into the project.

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Take it apart and put it back together again, but start small. Define the new plan and the new goals, and start on the next phase of the journey, equipped with the knowledge and learning from what didn’t work last time you tried to put your thoughts into action.

9. Make Space

Achieving our dreams might mean losing something else, and that’s ok. It could be a literal swap, such as giving up wine to save money towards the goal. Or it could be something more ideological, like giving up saying yes to everything to make more time to focus on your pursuits. Think about what you can give up to make space for taking action on your dreams.

10. Use Your Superpower

What’s your superpower? Use this to take action on your dreams today! Perhaps you’re awesome at using your network to find solutions to problems. If that sounds like you, then consider picking up the phone and start asking for some ideas and connections.

If you prefer to research, get reading or watching TED talks and presentations to find practical ways to achieve your particular dream. Who else has overcome a similar problem? How did they do it? What can you borrow from what they learned, and what can you learn from how they won or lost along the way?

11. Keep Your Energy up

Remember to take a rest and recharge on the journey towards taking action on your dreams. Take breaks, eat and sleep well, exercise, and listen to and tune in to what your body and mind needs to thrive.

Final Thoughts

Achieving your dreams is unlikely to be an overnight task. It’s more likely to be a winding road with setbacks, lessons, obstacles, and new discoveries. It might take years, but every step, no matter how tiny, can be enjoyed, even the struggles. Maintaining a mindset around enjoying the journey will really equip you to thrive and see those ambitious dreams become a reality.

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