Do you struggle with achieving your goals? Maybe some of these quotes will give you inspiration. Here are my favorite quotes on goal-setting and goal achievement. See if one of more of these quotes resonates with you. Post it in a place where you’ll see it on a daily basis – on your bathroom mirror, your calendar, the dashboard of your car – to give you motivation.
“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
~ Albert Einstein
“Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.”
~ Brian Tracy
“There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.”
~ Henry Ford
“In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.”
~ Author Unknown
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
~ Larry Elder
Effort only full releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”
~ Napoleon Hill
“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”
~ Earl Nightingale
“Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.”
~ Viktor Frankl
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
What is your favorite quote on goals? Please share with other readers.
How do successful people achieve results? They know what they want and go after it. Successful people set goals and develop plans to achieve their goals. They also take action on their goals. How can you go about setting goals?
Set goals for your personal and your professional life. A goal is a desired result. Write your goal using an action verb followed by an end result. Be specific about what you want to accomplish. For example, in the area of “career”: “Attain a project management position by the end of the year” or “Increase my client base by 20% in the next six months”.
Your goal should also be measurable. Answer the question, “How will I know if I’m successful?” If your goal is to improve your relationship with your spouse, how will you measure that? Will you spend more quality time together? How much time? Will you communicate better? Will it result in fewer misunderstandings?
Finally, your goal should be time-specific. Give a deadline or end date by which you expect to achieve your goal. Identify a specific date or timeframe (i.e., by year-end, June 30th, or on a monthly basis). Make sure the timeframe is realistic for you.
Now you’re ready to determine action steps. What will it take to accomplish each goal? For each goal, identify action steps and dates. For example:
Goal: Lose 15 pounds by April 15th
- Exercise for an hour 5 days a week
- Write down everything I eat – 6 days a week
- Track calories 6 days a week – limit to 1500 calories a day
Once you have your plan in place, you’re ready to take action. Start your day by visualizing achievement of your goals. What would success look like? What would you be doing? How would you feel? Studies show that those who visualize success are more likely to achieve success.
Write your action steps in your planner or on your calendar. Then follow through with your actions. Monitor your progress as you go. Finally, be sure to reward yourself for your success! Choose a reward when you write your action plan. Your reward will give you even greater incentive to reach your goals. For example, not only will you look and feel great when you lose 15 pounds, but you’ll also be able to buy that new dress you’ve wanted.
Get started today! When you plan to make your dreams come true, they do!
For more information on goal-setting, order How to Set and Achieve Your Goals CD, or register to attend my free teleseminar on January 19th at 12:00 p.m. Pacific time. Just e-mail Kathleen@YourLifeBalanceCoach.com and provide your name, title, company name, phone number, and e-mail address.
It’s that time of year to reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming year. We all need time and space to step back from the day-to-day activity to reflect on our accomplishments, priorities and the direction of our life. Now is the perfect time to review your personal mission or vision and your goals from the past year, and then set new goals.
Reflect and Review
Start by reflecting upon this past year. What were the highlights? The challenges? What did you learn? Maybe you had some financial challenges this year. What did you learn from the experience? Record your thoughts and insights.
Review your personal mission or vision statement. Your personal mission clarifies your values, and provides focus and direction. Ask yourself, “Am I living my mission?” If not, are you striving toward it? Review your mission to see if it still reflects your deepest values and priorities. Do you need to add to or modify it? Make any edits as necessary. If you don’t already have a written personal vision statement, then set aside time to work on it. Finding Your Purpose and Passion in Life is a great resource, which walks you through the process of creating your personal vision statement. This workbook is available at www.YourLifeBalanceCoach.com/products.htm.
Next review your goals from the past year. How many of your goals did you actually achieve? What progress did you make? If you were unable to achieve a goal, what got in the way? Give yourself a pat on the back for what you’ve accomplished this year.
Finally, set goals for the coming year. Set a goal for each of the significant areas in your life – for example, career, family, health/fitness, financial, relationships, etc. A goal is a desired end result. Write your goal using an action verb followed by an end result. For example, in the area of career: “Attain a promotion to a management position by the end of the year”.
Your goal should be both specific and measurable. Answer the question, “How will I know I’m successful?” If your goal is to improve your health and fitness, how will you do it? Will you exercise regularly? What type of exercise? How will you measure your success? By weight loss? If so, how many pounds do you want to lose? Give it a deadline. Identify a specific date or timeframe (i.e., by year end, June 30th, or on a weekly or monthly basis). After all, a goal without a deadline is just a dream.
Finally, commit to your goals. Imagine how great you’ll feel once you achieve your goals. Be sure to write them down. Research shows that those who write their goals are more likely to achieve them. Better yet, share your goals with someone who is close to you. By communicating your goals you’ll be more accountable.
By completing your annual review, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment, learn from your challenges, and continuously improve. Setting goals for the coming year will provide motivation and focus. This process will help you continually improve yourself and your life.