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A goal is a dream with a deadline.
Napoleon Hill

In everything the ends well defined are the secret of durable success.
Victor Cousins

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.
John Dewey



Failures do what is tension relieving,
while winners do what is goal achieving.

Dennis Waitley
(as quoted in Brian Tracy's book, Eat That Frog)

A man should have any number of little aims about which he should be conscious and for which he should have names, but he should have neither name for, nor consciousness concerning, the main aim of his life.
Samuel Butler

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog

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

Michel de Montaigne

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

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?
Robert Browning

Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing.
William Shakespeare

Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight.
Denis Waitley and Remi Witt

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

Purpose is what gives life a meaning.
C. H. Parkhurst

The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain.
Kahlil Gibran



Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
Aldous Huxley

If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up someplace else.

Yogi Berra

He who would arrive at the appointed end must follow a single road and not wander through many ways.
Seneca

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.
Polybius

In all things that you do, consider the end.
Solon

Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
Viktor Frankl

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

The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.
Richard Monckton Milnes

To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift.
Franklin Roosevelt

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.
Seneca

However brilliant an action may be, it should not be accounted great when it is not the result of a great purpose.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld

It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A good archer is known not by his arrows but by his aim.
Thomas Fuller

The going is the goal.
Horace Kallen

Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it.
Burmese Saying

In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.
Author Unknown

Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.
David Ogilvy

There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second.
Logan Pearsall Smith


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