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
A plan takes all your dreams and talents and maximizes them by bringing structure to the concept.
— T.D. Jakes
Without a plan we keep covering old territory.
— Rick Pitino
Your mind is always satisfied with the harmony produced by a well-organized plan. Anxiety develops from a poorly organized plan.
— Napoleon Hill
Planning is deciding what to change today so tomorrow will be different from yesterday.
— Ichak Adizes
He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life. The orderly arrangement of his time is like a ray of light which darts itself through all his occupations. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.
— Victor Hugo
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
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
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. It’s the end you’re after.
— Anthony Robbins
Plans are essential, but I don’t think they require religious adherence. If a plan is working, stick with it. If not, change it.
— Robert Dedman
The opposite of quitting isn’t “waiting around.” No, the opposite of quitting is an invigorated new strategy designed to break the problem apart.
— Seth Godin
Flexibility allows you to put worry where it belongs – out of your life – because you know that if one path is closed to you, you can find another one to get you to wherever it is you want to go.
— Pat Williams
When you fail it’s often not the inherent goal that was wrong or misguided, it was simply that the means to that goal were inappropriate. You must be able to separate your vision from the path to that vision – sometimes it’s just the route you take that has to be altered.
— Rick Pitino
Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk.
— J.C. Penney
We all need lots of powerful long-range goals to help us past the short-term obstacles.
— Jim Rohn
I believe if a man sets an attainable goal for himself and works to attain it, conscious that when he does so he will then set another goal for himself, he will have a full, busy and – for this reason – a happy life.
— Lionel Barrymore
What keeps me going is goals.
— Muhammad Ali
Every morning I write down my goals for the day. This becomes my plan. And although it certainly can be altered as events occur, it provides my working outline. Just as you need a plan in life, you also need one for each day, each week, each month, each year. That’s the only way you logically can progress toward your long-term goals.
— Rick Pitino
Theoretically all planning begins at the end. Unless you know where you want to end up it is impossible for you to really know the wisest step to take today.
— Bob Biehl
Every minute spent in planning will save you two in execution.
— Henry Kaiser
By making a daily plan you are instantly imposing some discipline on your time, and your actions. You lead the day rather than letting it be swept away from you. Day by day you are taking more control of your life.
— Rick Pitino
Simply by arranging the next day – defining on paper what I want to accomplish – I feel that I have a head start.
— Mark McCormack
Planning reduces crisis and lowers your stress; buys you a night of rest without you lying awake, thinking about tomorrow; gives you time to assess whether your schedule for tomorrow is realistic; and allows you to start each day feeling confident and ready.
— Laura Stack