100 Goals Quotes To Help You Reach The Next Level

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the most inspiring goals quotes I could find. Hope you’ll find inspiration and motivation to achieve your biggest desires. Enjoy!
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Without a goal, you can’t score. Johan Cruyff

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I don’t have dreams. I have goals. Harvey Specter

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It’s not the goal that will make you successful, it’s what you do daily. Maxime Lagacé

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The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them. Jim Rohn

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What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Henry David Thoreau


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Concentrate on a single goal, a single task, and beat it into submission. Robert Greene

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The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. Jordan Belfort

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We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve. Maxwell Maltz

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If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. Albert Einstein

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If you don’t have a consistent goal in life, you can’t live it in a consistent way. Marcus Aurelius


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Goals are for signalling. Systems are for winning. Shane Parrish

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The greatest value of goals isn’t in accomplishing them, it’s in the direction they provide you. Mark Manson

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Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. A tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. Tony Robbins

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Those who focus on goals accomplish things. Those who focus on processes achieve mastery. Maxime Lagacé

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Your goal lists mean nothing. Only your actions count. Angela Jiang


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One thing you must keep in mind when setting goals is this:

keep them hard to reach but not too much.

Huge goals are great but only if you don’t feel overwhelmed by them.

Instead, view goals as direction and guides, not as aims you must absolutely reach. Otherwise, you’ll feel miserable all the time.

In a way, having a goal is like hope: it’s because of your hope that you progress and it’s also because of it that you suffer today.

In sum, it’s okay to suffer for a goal. We are human after all and they make our lives worthwhile.

But make sure you choose wisely.

The Best Goals Quotes

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goals quotes life gets better when fight for things you love maxime lagace wisdom

Life gets better when you fight for things you love. Maxime Lagacé

Believe in the power of your goals, and you’ll be one step closer to achieving them. Jim Rohn

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

Focus on your greater goal, your destiny. Robert Greene

If you don’t have your own goals, you’ll end up working towards someone else’s. Mel Robbins

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If you limit your goals to what you know you can achieve, you are setting the bar way too low. Ray Dalio

Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency. Denzel Washington

If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you. Les Brown


Success is more than achieving your goals. It’s living your values. Adam Grant

Give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Epictetus

Write your goals on a sheet of paper. Circle the three most important. Avoid doing any work on anything that’s not circled. Shane Parrish

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You get to choose what you want, but you must get clear about what you want. This is your work. Rhonda Byrne

Sometimes it can be advantageous to set goals you know you are unlikely to achieve. Mark Manson

Goals are more useful for setting a direction than the actual achievement. Set them, work toward them, and give yourself the freedom to discard or change them when necessary. Mark Manson

Goal setting is an act of self-gratification. James Pierce

Picture yourself in your minds eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you’ll be doing when you’ve reached your goal. Earl Nightingale

What get’s scheduled gets done. Michael Hyatt

Part 2. Goals Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Goals Quotes

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Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. Les Brown

Goals that are not written are not goals, they are wishes that will never happen. Write them down. Dave Ramsey

The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them. Michelle Obama

Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals. Aristotle

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. Bruce Lee

Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them. Do this once in the morning and once in the evening. Les Brown

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The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self. 14th Dalai Lama

Write your goals down — and be specific. Then review them regularly, and you’ll be more motivated on tough days. Jim Rohn

Set your goals, write them down – now you’re 1 step closer to achieving them. Richard Branson (Virgin)

We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives. If you don’t know where you’re aiming, you don’t have a goal. Mary Kay Ash

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success. James Cameron

Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King Jr

The most elusive of human goals – keeping things simple and remembering what you set out to do. Warren Buffett

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Forgetting our objectives is the most frequent of all acts of stupidity. Friedrich Nietzsche

People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. Earl Nightingale

You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goals. Booker T. Washington

People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working. Elon Musk

What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. Viktor Frankl

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius

If you don’t set goals, you can’t regret not reaching them. Yogi Berra

Related: Goal Setting: A Scientific Guide to Setting and Achieving Goals (jamesclear.com)

Inspirational Goals Quotes

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The seeds of accomplishment sprouts in the soil of consistency. Maxime Lagacé

Remember that great expectations create great capabilities. Ray Dalio

It is incorrect to believe that top athletes suffer great sacrifices to achieve their goals. Often, they don’t see what they do as sacrificial at all. They like it. Daniel Chambliss

You have a choice between what you want now and what you want most. Don’t let feeling good today come at the expense of the decade. Be patient. Keep the end in mind. Shane Parrish (Source)

Be sure to set meaningful goals for yourself when designing the life you want to live. Your quality of life will depend on the dreams you create for yourself, so dive in and make it count. Jim Rohn

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Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there. Bo Jackson

Make a list of goals, tick them off and reward yourself when you achieve each one. Richard Branson

Give yourself arbitrary deadlines to meet certain standards, constantly pushing yourself past perceived limits. Robert Greene

Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement…Get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed. Abraham Joshua Heschel

Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose and to commit ourselves to our goals and values. Paulo Coelho

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If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small. Azim Premji

Learn to reset your goals when you realize you won’t achieve your original ones. Don’t just quit. David Goggins

When feeling overwhelmed by a faraway goal, repeat the following: I have it within me right now, to get me to where I want to be later. Karen Salmansohn

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. Chuck Palahniuk

Most goals are borrowed. Borrowed from friends and family. Borrowed from coworkers and peers. Borrowed from society. This year, may your goals be your own. James Clear


Wise Goals Quotes

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The student has goals. The master has systems to reach his goals. Maxime Lagacé

When you set goals, you should also set anti-goals: things you want to make sure you don’t achieve. Adam Grant

Your goal in every maneuver in life must be ownership…When it is yours, it is yours to lose — you are more motivated, more creative, more alive. Robert Greene

Stop getting distracted by things that have nothing to do with your goals. Rakesh Valand (Source)

The mind must not wander from goal to goal, or be distracted by success from its sense of purpose and proportion. Robert Greene

No matter how big your goals and dreams are, if you don’t change the way you think and act, you won’t see transformation. John C Maxwell

There is no avoiding pain, especially if you’re going after ambitious goals. Believe it or not, you are lucky to feel that kind of pain if you approach it correctly, because it is a signal that you need to find solutions so you can progress. Ray Dalio

A proper goal is something that you really need to achieve. Desires are things that you want that can prevent you from reaching your goals. Ray Dalio

It’s important to remember the connections between your tasks and the goals that they are meant to achieve. Ray Dalio

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Your 1-year goal is overly ambitious. Your 10-year goal is ridiculously tame. Johnny Uzan

To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow. Robert M. Pirsig

When short-term tasks feel trivial, lumping them into a larger goal makes them meaningful. When long-term goals feel impossible, slicing them into smaller pieces makes them manageable. Adam Grant

Dreams without goals make you aimless. Ambition without compassion makes you ruthless. Compassion without passion makes you selfless. Sustainable excellence — and long-term happiness — come from blending concern for others with concern for self. Adam Grant

A goal is a desired outcome. A strategy is a desired outcome combined with a plan for achieving it. Create strategies, not goals. James Clear

Too much attention to goals, not enough attention to systems. James Clear


Part 3. Goals Vs Systems

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If you genuinely care about the goal, you’ll focus on the system. James Clear

Can my current habits carry me to my desired future? James Clear

Goals are good for one-time wins, systems are for people who want to win repeatedly. James Clear

Want to accomplish your goals on a consistent basis? Stop setting goals and making deadlines and start building a better system. James Clear

New goals don’t deliver new results. New lifestyles do. And a lifestyle is a process, not an outcome. For this reason, all of your energy should go into building better habits, not chasing better results. James Clear

Goals make you less happy. If you’re aware of the destination, you can’t fully enjoy the journey. Sahil Lavingia

While climbing a mountain, if you fix your eyes on the peak, you will trip and fall on the rocks. You need to focus on the steps, and occasionally look at the peak to check direction. Same with goals. Don’t keep daydreaming about the goal. Focus on the process. Kunal

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Goals will help you be more focused, effective and successful in the short term. Systems will help you be flexible, consistent and successful in the long term. Maxime Lagacé

Stop thinking about losing weight. Focus on eating whole foods and drinking water. Stop thinking about getting a six pack. Focus on hitting the gym and getting progressively stronger. Stop thinking outcome. Focus more on the process. Dan Go

Focusing on the process is more useful than focusing on results. The former creates art, the latter creates frustrations. Maxime Lagacé

Any end goal will just lead to another goal, lead to another goal. We just play games in life. Naval Ravikant

If you’re attached to the outcome, it’ll ruin your work. Shane Parrish

Goals for direction. Systems for force. Shane Parrish

Goals give direction. Systems deliver results. Shane Parrish

Establishing goals is all right if you don’t let them deprive you of interesting detours. Doug Larson

Related: Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead (jamesclear.com)

Goals Quotes: The Conclusion

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The real winners are the ones who step out of the game entirely, who don’t even play the game, who rise above it. Those are the people who have such internal mental and self-control and self-awareness, they need nothing from anybody else. Naval Ravikant

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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March 9, 2022

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