70 Inspirational Goal-Setting Quotes

Setting goals is important for people of all ages, no matter how big or small the goal is. We all need some encouragement to help us turn our dreams into a reality. Try some goal setting with your class with this list of 70 goal-setting quotes, perfect for using as writing or discussion prompts.

Our Favorite Goal-Setting Quotes

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

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” —Henry David Thoreau

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” —Rabindranath Tagore

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you.  Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? —Robert H. Schuller

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

“In order to know where you’re headed, you must be aware of your own personal goals.” —Brian Cagneey

In order to know where you're headed, you must be aware of your own personal goals.

“The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focused on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts.” —Dr. Roopleen

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A goal without a plan is just a wish. - goal setting quotes

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.” —Earl Nightingale

People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.

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

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.

“Always stay true to yourself, and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals.” —Michelle Obama

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“A year from now, you may wish you had started today.” —Karen Lamb

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“How difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” —Stephen Hawking

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.

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

If you're bored with life, if you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things, you don't have enough goals.

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.- goal setting quotes

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” —Bill Copeland

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.

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

One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals. - goal setting quotes

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

You can do anything if you set goals.  You just have to push yourself.

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

You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” —Lawrence J. Peter

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. - goal setting quotes

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

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

“It is more difficult to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.” —Pat Summitt

It's harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb.  Continue to seek new goals.

“I am always more interested in what I am about to do than in what I have already done.” —Rachel Carson

I am always more interested in what I am about to do than what I have already done. - goal setting quotes

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

One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves.

“The great glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live with purpose.” —Michel de Montaigne

The great glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live with purpose.

“Your goal should be just out of reach but not out of sight.” —Remi Witt

Your goal should be just out of reach but not out of sight. - goal setting quotes

“Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if you aim at an object on a level with yourself.” —J. Howes

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

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” —Stephen King

You can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will. - goal setting quotes

Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.” —George Whitefield

Press forward.  Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.

“Every twist and turn in life is an opportunity to learn something new about yourself, your interests, your talents, and how to set and then achieve goals.” —Jameela Jamil

Every twist and turn in life is an opportunity to learn something new about yourself, your interests, your talents, and how to set and then achieve goals.

“With consistency and reps and routine, you’re going to achieve your goals and get where you want to be.” —Mandy Rose

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“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” —Jessica Savitch

No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.

“I believe in the saying, ‘If you aim at nothing, you’re going to hit nothing.’ So if you don’t set goals, then you have nowhere to go. —Taylor Lautner

I believe in the saying, 'If you aim at nothing, you're going to hit nothing.'  So if you don't set goals, then you have nowhere to go.

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

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action step.- goal setting quotes

“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

“If 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.” —Jim Rohn

“Successful people do things that the average person is not willing to do. They make sacrifices the average person is not willing to make. But the difference it makes is extraordinary.” —Brian Tracy

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“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” —Orison Swett Marden

All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.

It is not enough to take steps which may someday lead to a goal; Each step must itself be a goal and a step likewise.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is not enough to take steps that may someday lead to a goal;  Each step must itself be a goal and a step likewise.

“Without dreams and goals, there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.” —Mark Twain

Without dreams and goals, there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.- goal setting quotes

“My goal is not to be better than anyone else but to be better than I used to be.” —Wayne Dyer

My goal is not to be better than anyone else but to be better than I used to be.

It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” —Benjamin E. Mays

It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.- goal setting quotes

Most impossible goals can be met simply by breaking them down into bite-size chunks, writing them down, believing them, and going full speed ahead as if they were routine. —Don Lancaster

Most impossible goals can be met simply by breaking them down into bite-size chunks, writing them down, believing them, and going full speed ahead as if they were routine.

“Personal development is the belief that you are worth the effort, time, and energy needed to develop yourself.” —Denis Waitley

Personal development is the belief that you are worth the effort, time, and energy needed to develop yourself.- goal setting quotes

“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” —Greg S. Reid

A dream written down with a date becomes a goal.  A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan.  A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.

“The real value of setting and achieving goals lies not in the rewards you receive but in the person you become as a result of reaching your goals.” —Robin Sharma

The real value of setting and achieving goals lies not in the rewards you receive but in the person you become as a result of reaching your goals.

Many great ideas go unexecuted, and many great executioners are without ideas. One without the other is worthless.” —Tim Blixseth

Many great ideas go unexecuted, and many great executioners are without ideas.  One without the other is worthless.- goal setting quotes

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. —Sir Edmund Hillary

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

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

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

“Goals transform a random walk into a chase.” —Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Goals transform a random walk into a chase.

“Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” —Paul J. Meyer

Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.- goal setting quotes

“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

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

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them.

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

This one step—choosing a goal and sticking to it—changes everything.

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

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. - Goal setting quotes

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

Rowing harder doesn't help if the boat is heading in the wrong direction.

“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

Be practical as well as generous in your ideals.  Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground. - goal setting quotes

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

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