I was working with some athletes this week and discussing their goals.  While goals are important there is often more emotional power generated by thinking through why we want to achieve something or who we want to achieve it for.  This can build desire, the passion, the ardour that stimulates action and the will to put in hard work.  Beyond that, because mostly we can only achieve something if we believe we can achieve it, we have to go to work on our belief.  So we have these components to significant achievement – Goals, Reasons, Ardour, Action and Belief!  Here are some of my favourite wise words on goals.

 There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than what you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela

No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port. – Montaigne

There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it. – Napoleon Hill

In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia. – Anon

The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain. – Kahlil Gibran

The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose.- Michel de Montaigne

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. – Brian Tracy

The important thing in life is to have a great aim and possess the aptitude and the perseverance to attain it. – Goethe

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. – Vince Lombardi

Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving. – Dennis Waitley

Then again…

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.


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