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Goal Setting
Hasse Jansen, 15 Apr '16

Famous goal setting quotes – how they apply to our goal cards

Hardly a surprise that I personally believe Boardview is pretty awesome. But don’t just take my word for it. Listen to those who’ve proven to be able to set and reach the most ambitious goals ever.

Here is what the likes of Seneca, Gandhi and Kennedy have to say about the things that have shaped the concept of the Boardview goal cards.

Hardly a surprise that I personally believe Boardview is pretty awesome. But don’t just take my word for it. Listen to those who’ve proven to be able to set and reach the most ambitious goals ever. Here is what the likes of Seneca, Covey and Kennedy have to say about the things that have shaped the concept of the Boardview goal cards.

For fun and inspiration, we’ve selected the best quotes on goal setting and linked it to an individual attribute of our goal card: goal owner, title, status, success bar, task bar, score, impact, effort, days left, and SMARTness.

Boardview Goal Card Empty

We created only one quote card as an example, but the possible variations are numerous. Here is a long list of Goal quotes that get our blood pumping, each one linked to an attribute of the Boardview goal card.

Boardview Goal Card Full Quotes

Quotes related to goal OWNER

Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them - Alan Perlis

Each is responsible for his own actions - H. L. Hunt

The courage to take ownership, is the single most powerful, most desired, and least understood characteristic of a successful work environment – Halley Bock

Keep your eye on what you're responsible to and what you're responsible for, and that'll keep you right - El DeBarge

When the business is unaccountable, the agile ecosystem breaks down – Johanna Rothman

Quotes related to goal TITLE - general

People with goals succeed because they know where they're going - Earl Nightingale

Leadership is working with goals and vision; management is working with objectives - Russel Honore

What keeps me going is goals - Muhammad Ali

Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor - Brian Tracy

Great leaders help their people see how they can directly impact the company's objectives and their own personal goals - Chip Conley

If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it's moving you away from your goals - Brian Tracy

Quotes related to goal STATUS

The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck - Tony Robbins

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure - Confucius

There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation - veneer isn't worth anything - George Washington Carver

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation - Robert H. Schuller

Quotes related to goal SUCCESS BAR

In all things that you do, consider the end – Solon

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction – John F. Kennedy.

Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives - Viktor Frankl

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When man does not know what harbor he is making form no wind is the right wind – Seneca

A good archer is known not by his arrows but by his aim - Thomas Fuller

It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary - Winston Churchill

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself - Henry Ford

If you don't have goals you will always work for someone who does - Unknown

However brilliant an action may be, it should not be accounted great when it is not the result of a great purpose – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Quotes related to goal TASK BAR

Action is the foundational key to all success - Pablo Picasso

It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I think one of the greatest skills a person can have is to complete a task they start. To take something from beginning, to middle, to end. In life, if you have that skill, I think you can go very far - Liane Balaban

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps - Saul Bellow

Things are done gradually. Once in a while there is a giant step, but most of the time we are taking small, seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life - Ralph Ransom

Progress is typically made through a large number of small steps, each building on the previous ones - Eric Maskin

The best way to make employees happy is to set realistic goals and achieve them. The big job is to make sure those small steps are pointing us in the right direction and demonstrate at the end of the year that they all add up to something pretty great - Leila Janah

Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away - Indira Gandhi

It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to take a great leap forward only to sumble backward – Unknown

Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them - Stephen Covey

Quotes related to goal SCORE

The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities - Stephen Covey

I don't understand why people in this country are so bent on doing the 'perfect', when you have something that is good and makes sense from a cost-benefit point of view - George Voinovich

Every so often there's some money left and there's a fight over the carcass. But it's a cost-benefit analysis. How much money do you want to spend chasing it if there's not that much left - Scott Berman

Now in business we do a cost benefit analysis before we make policy changes. Washington should as well - Vicky Hartzler

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work - H. L. Hunt

I'm looking to see what the bigger picture is - Chris Daughtry

Quotes related to goal IMPACT

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives - Jackie Robinson

Great leaders help their people see how they can directly impact the company's objectives and their own personal goals - Chip Conley

Our daily decisions and habits have a huge impact upon both our levels of happiness and success - Shawn Achor

Everything you say and do is having an impact on others - Barry Manilow

We always feel the brunt of the blow dealt to us, but hardly ever do we feel the impact we have on others. Why is that? - Richelle E. Goodrich

Quotes related to goal EFFORT

I chose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it - Bill Gates

Anything that is wasted effort represents wasted time. The best management of our time thus becomes linked inseparably with the best utilization of our efforts - Ted Engstrom

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort - Paul J. Meyer

Quotes related to goal due date, DAYS LEFT

A goal is a dream with a deadline – Napoleon Hill

One forges one's style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines - Emile Zola

Without deadlines and restrictions I just tend to become preoccupied with other things - Val Kilmer

I crave deadlines. If I don't have a deadline, I become a total slacker, which is why I always have so much on my plate - Lori Wilde

I'm one of those people who is actually inspired by a deadline. I might not sleep for many days on end, it may not be good for my health, but it definitely helps - Carter Burwell

Quotes related to goal SMARTness

In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia - Unknown

In everything the ends well defined are the secret of durable success - Victor Cousins

Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them - Stephen Covey

The more specific and measurable your goal, the more quickly you will be able to identify, locate, create, and implement the use of the necessary resources for its achievement - Charles J. Givens

All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific - Jane Wagner

No wishes are silly, no dreams remain dreams, for those committed to clear and definitive goals - Maximillian Degenerez

People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine - Brian Tracy

Whenever you’re in doubt about why it is important to fill out any of the fields in the goal card, have a look at this list. Become as motivated about achieving your goals as the heroes listed above must have been. Put your mark on the world. Let’s make things happen!