Quotes for
the Journey:


A good goal is like a strenuous
exercise--it makes you stretch.

Mary Kay Ash

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable.       -Denis Waitley


You have to set the goals that are almost out of reach.  If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.       -Steve Garvey


Goals give direction to our lives.  We need to know who we are and where we want to go.  But the trip itself, the steps we travel, offer us daily satisfaction moment by moment--fulfillment, if we'd but realize it.  Too often we keep our sights on the goal's completion, rather than the process--the day-to-day living that makes the completion possible.       -unattributed

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

The danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.       -Michelangelo Buonarrati

The goal of all civilization, all religious thought, and all that sort of thing is simply to have a good time.  But people get so solemn over the process that they forget the end.       -Don Marquis

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret.  Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.       -Oprah Winfrey

It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.  It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.  It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.  Not failure, but low aim is sin.       -Benjamin Mays

The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible.  That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit.       -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Goals are dreams with deadlines.       -Diana Scharf Hunt


Know what you want to do--then do it.  Make straight for your goal and go undefeated in spirit to the end.
-Ernestine Schumann-Heink

No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal.       -Bonnie Blair

If one sets up fantasy goals, then it follows that one will experience fantasy victories and fantasy defeats, the inevitable pendulum swing within the world of desire.  The goal of God is the reality of yourself; you are within God, and God is within you.       -A Spiritual Warrior

If I had one wish for my children, it would be that each of them would reach for goals that have meaning for them as individuals.       -Lillian Carter

Before you begin a thing, remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. . . . You can only see one thing clearly and that is your goal.  Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin.        -Kathleen Norris


Not every end is a goal.  The end of a melody is not its goal; but nevertheless, if the melody had not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either.       -Friedrich W. Nietzsche



Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions; they can be changed as your priorities change, new ones added, and others dropped.        -O. Carl Simonton


The happiest days are found in struggling toward a goal, not in any attainment.       -unattributed


Not having a goal is more to be feared than not reaching a goal.        -Robert Schuller

To experience the satisfaction and enjoyment of success in life, a definitive goal is essential.  Many people fail at this vital point.  The goal must be definite and specific, not in any sense vague or fuzzy.  And to prove attainable, its image needs to be sharpened and resharpened continually, so that it stands out vividly in your thoughts.  You must know, at all times, precisely and for certain what it is you want to accomplish and achieve.  Strong and organized purposefulness toward a definite objective will focus your powers into a strong motivation in attainment of your goal.       -Norman Vincent Peale


It is important to focus your attention effectively.  In other words, don't waste your creative energy.  Without deliberate focus, you're spreading your attention around randomly, achieving no real benefit for yourself.  Keep your attention focused on something positive, and good things begin to happen.
   This is the real reason for goal setting.  It's the mental focus that helps you achieve your goals.  Your focus is actually strengthening the thoughtform that you have expressed as your goal.  Unfortunately, many of us have been oriented to the pass-fail aspect of goal setting, and so, to avoid failure, we don't set goals.  Yes, the concept of pass-fail is a belief--a very strong shared one.
   If there is something in your life that you want, keep your attention focused on that goal.  if things show up--and they will--that seem to get in the way, don't focus on them.  Handle them, but stay focused on your goal.  It's when you focus on the obstacles that you tend to give up.  Think about what we have already discussed.  What happens when you focus on the obstacles?  Right--your focus just strengthens the thoughtforms related to the obstacle.  Stay focused on the goal.
   You might have a goal that you believe can be achieved only if you have a certain amount of money.  Instead of focusing on the goal, you focus on the fact that you don't have enough money.  What gets strengthened is the thoughtform for not having enough money.  Maybe there is a way to achieve the goal without money.  By not focusing on the goal, you restrict possibilities, of which you may not be aware, from occurring.    -
Bruce I. Doyle III, Think Your Way to the Life You Want
Set goals that don't feel all that easy, that challenge you, stimulate you, and give you a chance to stretch and push yourself.  That is where the power of growth lies.    -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failure.    -George H. Bender, also attributed to Charles C. Noble
Each season I tell the Roughriders that failure is achieving all your goals--it means you didn't aim high enough.  When you're setting goals, I explain, there's a tremendous risk that you'll aim too low.  To achieve your potential, you need to be out of your comfort zone, forcing yourself to achieve things you didn't know you could do.  That's how you improve.     -Bill Resler, The Heart of the Team
"When we do not know what harbor we are making for," the Roman philosopher Seneca wrote, "no wind is the right wind."  Persons have vision only when they have a dream that drives them on.    -Joan Chittister, Seeing with Our Souls
The following guidelines may help you to achieve your goal:
1.  Think of your goal not as some vague and nebulous idea but in clear and specific terms.
2.  Outline your goal in writing in detail.
3.  Keep your goal in the forefront of your mind by reviewing it almost every day.
4.  Learn everything you can that relates to your goal.
5.  Be willing to work as hard as you can toward achieving your goal when the opportunity comes along.
6.  Give the universe an opportunity to assist in achieving your goal by affirming, "This or something better!"
7.  Stay open to receive all possibilities for achieving your goal.  Remember, "failing to plan is planning to fail."  Just as a road map is an indispensable tool for a trip, a plan is an indispensable tool when you travel the journey of life toward your goals.  Follow your plan to a more successful life!     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them.  Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that each task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to achieving your dreams.     -Og Mandino
When we have no goal, or when our vision of the goal is obscured, we may lose our sense of purpose.  Even when we've prepared ourselves well and have an aptitude for a given activity, poorly directed efforts can rob us of vital energy.  We can spend a great deal of our time, money, and other resources running around in circles.  Unless we create specific goals that match our purpose in life and unless we keep a clear vision of these goals, we may eventually falter and fail.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
When goals go, meaning goes.  When meaning goes, purpose goes.  When purpose goes, life goes dead on our hands.     -Carl Jung
Because our goals are not lofty but illusory, our problems are not difficult, but nonsensical.     -Ludwig Wittgenstein
The goal can be large or small, it can be far away or right next door; he goes in search of it with respect and honor.  He knows what each step means and how much it cost in effort, training, and intuition.
   He focuses not just on the goal to be reached, but on everything happening around him.  He often has to stop because his strength fails him.
   At such moments, Love appears and says:  "You think you're heading toward a specific point, but the whole justification for the goal's existence lies in your love for it.  Rest a little, but as soon as you can, get up and carry on.  Because ever since your goal found out that you were traveling toward it, it has been running to meet you."    -Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra


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