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The Power of Goals

Goals help you overcome short-term problems.
Hannah More

The mere act of defining a goal puts you that much closer to achieving it.
Ron Blue

When you know you are working toward a goal, when there is a challenge to be met, you are more likely to rise to the occasion and perform at your best than when there is no deadline to be met or no task to be completed.
Richard Chang

Happiness, wealth and success are byproducts of goal setting; they cannot be the goal themselves.
John Condry

The person with a fixed goal, a clear picture of his desire, or an ideal always before him, causes it, through repetition, to be buried deeply in his subconscious mind and is thus enabled, thanks to its generative and sustaining power, to realize his goal in a minimum of time and with a minimum of physical effort. Just pursue the thought unceasingly. Step by step you will achieve realization, for all your faculties and powers become directed to that end.
Claude Bristol


Successful people never make excuses.
Lou Holtz

Don’t succumb to excuses. Go back to the job of making the corrections and forming the habits that will make your goal possible.
Vince Lombardi

Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.
Don Wilder

One of the chief differences between winners and losers is that winners see themselves as winning and losers generally give themselves a reason or an excuse to lose.
Roger von Oech

People fail in direct proportion to their willingness to accept socially acceptable excuses for failure.
W. Steven Brown

Work Ethic

Once you’ve created a work ethic second to none, and you’ve learned to motivate yourself, you look in the mirror and you see someone different.
Rick Pitino

Watching my father work, the great care and pride he took in painting, made me admire him, though I knew I wouldn’t follow in his footsteps.
Muhammad Ali

My dad was my biggest influence. The thing that he gave to all of his kids was a good sense that you need to work hard and be dedicated and committed to what you are doing. So my work ethic, which I think is a good one, comes straight from my dad.
Tom Lehman

As a kid, I used to wonder why Pop worked so hard. Now I know it was his Old Country values: discipline, responsibility, self-sacrifice and an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. He was setting an example for all of us.
Yogi Berra

Though neither rich nor educated, my dad cared for all nine of us, teaching us to work hard and appreciate what we had. We knew everything was attainable, if only we had courage to pursue it. His work ethic carried me to my goals: winning a Silver Medal in the Winter Olympic Games in 1972 and playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League.
Henry Boucha

How to Set Goals

Goals are emotional. If a goal is not working for you, you’re not connected to it. Raise it, make it meaningful, make it touch something in you that you want. Or take it off your list.
Howard Behar

Make certain your goals are your own. Only you can define and measure your success.
Arnold Palmer

Establish a goal just beyond what you think you can do. When you achieve that, establish another and another. This will teach you to embrace risk.
Robert Mondavi

In the long run, people achieve only that which they have set as goals for themselves; therefore, set the highest possible goals for yourself.
Leo Tolstoy

Writing down your plans, goals and ideas makes them more real for you. Every step you take to define what you want and what you need to do to get it increases the chances that you will actually pursue these goals and someday achieve them.
Dr. David Niven

The Power of Goals

It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is greatest need for having a fixed goal. When few comforts come from without, it is all the more necessary to have a fount to draw on from within.
B.C. Forbes

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

Having an exciting destination is like setting a needle in your compass. From then on, the compass knows only one point – its ideal. And it will faithfully guide you there through the darkest nights and fiercest storms.
Daniel Boone

Dreams whet your appetite, but goals make you hungry.
Josie Bisset

The key to activating the laws of success is for you to become perfectly clear about what it is you want and exactly what it will look like when you have achieved it. Just as you wouldn’t attempt to build a house without a plan, you wouldn’t think of building a great life without a clear list of the goals you wish to attain and a written plan of action for the attainment of those goals.
Brian Tracy

Help From Others

Men can do jointly what they cannot do singly; and the union of minds and hands, the concentration of their power, becomes almost omnipotent.
Daniel Webster

There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.
George Shinn

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

The secret of survival is not simply enjoying life’s joys and enduring its sorrows, it is in sharing both with others. We gain perspective by having somebody at our side. We gain objectivity. We gain courage in threatening situations. Having others near tempers our dogmatism and softens our intolerance. We gain another opinion.
Charles Swindoll

The Power of Purpose

A difficult crisis can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.
John Maxwell

Success demands singleness of purpose.
Vince Lombardi

To have a great purpose to work for, a purpose larger than ourselves, is one of the secrets of making life significant, for then the meaning and worth of the individual overflow his personal borders and survive his death.
Will Durant

Don’t be afraid to follow your bliss, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
Joseph Campbell

Keep a written copy of your definite major purpose and your plan for it inside your notebook. Then, whenever your enthusiasm is ebbing, pick up your notebook. Not only will it remind you of the reason you should be enthusiastic, but it will also review for you the benefits of that enthusiasm.
Napoleon Hill