My ultimate dream was to play major-league baseball, but I had smaller goals along the way.
— Derek Jeter
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
— Harvey Mackay
Reach for the furthest thing you think you can get. Then reach again. Sooner or later, the things that looked way beyond you are the next natural goal to reach.
— Calvin Peete
People are like rubber bands: They must be stretched to be effective.
— John Maxwell
A goal isn’t truly a goal until a time schedule has been worked out for its fulfillment. Once you have answered what you will do, you must then decide when you expect to complete it. Until that happens, a goal still lives in the land of dreams.
— John Stanko
All we need to be really and truly happy is to have something to be enthusiastic about.
— Kemmons Wilson
Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes.
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Enthusiasm for one’s goal lessons the disagreeableness of working toward it.
— Thomas Eakins
People can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.
— Charles Schwab
The only reason I majored in psychology was that my first psych professor was full of energy and enthusiasm. I know now you can’t accomplish anything without those things.
— Jerry Glanville
People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.
— Earl Nightingale
A goal gives you confidence – it turns the meek to bold.
— Don Decker
The man with average mentality, but with control, a definite goal and a clear conception of how it can be gained and, above all, with the power of application and labor, wins in the end.
— William Howard Taft
Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.
— Fitzhugh Dodson
The overarching goal is important for its motivational properties. Most people need to believe in something that is larger than their day-to-day, often mundane, tasks. They are more likely to become committed to making things happen right if they believe in the significance of the unit’s goal.
— David Bradford and Allan Cohen
Everything worthwhile must be bought with sacrifice.
— Ara Pareghian
To be truly disciplined about our goals, and to keep working toward happiness at all costs, we often need to sacrifice smaller opportunities and pleasures in order to reach our end goal sooner.
— Mary Lou Retton
Let our life be one of self-sacrifice, finding our highest joy in blessing others.
— Andrew Murray
You must give up something in the immediate present – comfort, ease, recognition, quick rewards – to attract something even better in the future. Without that sacrifice, you’ll never know your team’s potential, or your own.
— Pat Riley
I view sacrifice as a kind of “moral investment,” where what you give up now in the way of immediate gratification will eventually pay you tremendous dividends down the line.
— Mary Lou Retton
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
— Napoleon Hill
The longest voyages make the richest returns.
— Matthew Henry
That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do. Not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our power to do has increased.
— Heber Grant
Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
— Samuel Johnson
There are but two roads that lead to an important goal and to the doing of great things: strength and perseverance. Strength is the lot of but a few privileged men; but austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the smallest of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time.
— Johann von Goethe
Committing your goals to paper increases the likelihood of your achieving them by one thousand percent.
— Brian Tracy
I’ve got correct goals, and if I keep pursuing them the best way I know how, everything falls into line. If I do the right thing right, I’m going to succeed.
— Dan Dierdorf
You can’t hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can’t catch fish unless you put your line in the water. You can’t reach your goals if you don’t try.
— Kathy Seligman
Celebrate! Don’t wait until you’ve finished. Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goals. Put a little celebration into every day. Celebrate each step you take toward success. Acknowledging and enjoying the little steps will fuel your enthusiasm to carry on and reinforce your commitment and resolve. It makes the journey as fun and rewarding as reaching the destination.
— Paul and Sarah Edwards
Intermediate goals are what keep you going toward your final goals. As you achieve them, they give you a reward, a sense of self-accomplishment.
— Gary Player
Most people make one of two mistakes. Either we set our goals too low, or we try to accomplish them too quickly.
— Rick Warren
To solve a problem or to reach a goal, you don’t need to know all the answers in advance. But you must have a clear idea of the problem or the goal you want to reach.
— W. Clement Stone
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
— Ronald Osborn
When you set goals, put a time limit on them. Without it you are normally and naturally lazy and lethargic more often than you want to admit. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in a short period of time if the pressure is on.
— Robert Schuller