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50 Goal Quotes That Will Inspire and Motivate You

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Turn your dreams into goals.

We all have goals that we’re striving to achieve — getting into better shape; achieving financial freedom; traveling to a dream destination; and so on.

Often, we have trouble getting started with our goals, or we discover that achieving them is going to take more time and effort than we thought it would, and we start to lose our motivation. That’s where goal quotes come in. There’s nothing like a good quote to rekindle your enthusiasm and have you raring to go once again. Below you’ll find 50 goal quotes that will inspire and motivate you to get started on your goals and to keep going even when you feel like you’re ready to throw in the towel.

1. “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” — Fitzhugh Dodson

2. “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” — Earl Nightingale

3. “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

4. “I have a motto on my bedroom wall: ‘Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal.’ Giving up is not my style. I just want to do something that’s worthwhile.” — Chris Burke

5. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ― Karen Lamb

6. “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” ― Napoleon Hill

7. “Goals are dreams with deadlines.” ― Diana Scharf

8. “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

9. “The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.” — Thomas Henry Huxley

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

11. “I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.” — Zig Ziglar

12. “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” — Jack Penn

13. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” — Jimmy Dean

14. “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.” — Stephen A. Brennan

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

16. “If a goal is worth having, it’s worth blocking out the time in your day-to-day life necessary to achieve it.” — Jill Koenig

17. “You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.” — Edmund Hillary

18. “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

19. “You can’t hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can’t catch a fish unless you put your line in the water. You can’t reach your goals if you don’t try.” — Kathy Seligman

20. “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” — Napoleon Hill

21. “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

22. “Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.” — Mario Andretti

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

24. “You can conquer almost any fear if you will make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” — Dale Carnegie

25. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.” –Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

26. “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.” –Mark Victor Hansen

27. “Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.” — Elbert Hubbard

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

29. “A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.” — Bo Bennett

30. “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

31. “God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them.” — Author Unknown

32. “Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.” — Elbert Hubbard

33. “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

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

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

36. “You can set a direct course for your future by defining your goals, or, you can take the opposite position and just let the future haphazardly unfold by itself.” — Catherine Pulsifer

37. “”It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.” — Brian Tracy

38. “We do not develop anything with one giant step. No matter who you are, or what you do, each one of us had had to take a lot of individual steps to accomplish a task, a job, a career, or even a hobby.” — Catherine Pulsifer

39. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

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

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

42. “Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand.” — Robert G Allen

43. ““You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretsky

44. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt

45. “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

46. “When you know what you want and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.” — Jim Rohn

47. “If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life that you want, you’re going to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” — Kevin Ngo

48. “Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.” – Amelia Earhart

49. “You haven’t failed until you quit trying.” — Anonymous

50. “Anyone can be remarkable, if they have something truly remarkable to do. Set remarkable goals for yourself and get to work on achieving them. Then, watch in amazement as you become remarkable.” — Marelisa Fábrega, owner of Daring to Live Fully


Live your best life by deciding what you want, writing down those desires as goals, creating a plan for achieving them, and refusing to stop until you reach your intended destination. Use the goal quotes above to help get you there.

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{ 3 comments… add one }
  • sandy September 5, 2014, 12:00 am

    It was nice to see a list of quotes on the same topic like this and the added one by the author. It was almost like a conversation was taking place at a conference. Good idea.

    Thank you. I needed to see this today.

  • Carol September 6, 2014, 5:45 am

    Thank you Marelisa for putting together such a wonderful collection of quotes and as Sandy above says: it’s good to see that you added one of your own! I have printed these out and shall refer to them regularly. I loved quite a few of them but the one that stood out for me was No. 45 by Steve Maraboli.

    I love your site and what you are doing to challenge and help people to maximise their potential and live an abundant, fulfilled life. Keep up the excellent work!

  • Rich Gallimore September 23, 2014, 9:57 am

    You could also add:-
    “Everybody lives their lives as if they are going to live forever” –Anonymous.

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