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How to Set Goals: Motivational Goal Quotes

Updated on September 3, 2012

Plan Your Goals

I've noted of late that I seem to be behind on my personal development plan. After musing over my morning cup of green tea and a breakfast bar, I determined I need to rededicate myself and review my motivational goals. After all, eating a Krispy Kreme  doughnut is in direct conflict with my goal plan to lose two pounds this week.

Perhaps, you've lost focus, also, or maybe you haven't really taken the time to plan your goals . Why not take some time to reflect commit these to paper or computer screen.

"First have a Definitive Clear Practical ideal; a Goal, An Objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends, wisdom, money, materials and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end" Aristotle

Get Your Stuff Done!

 "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream"  C. S. Lewis

Goal Setting 101

Visualize a delicious apple pie and divide it into seven or eight sections. Label each section for an area of focus. For example, your sections could be:

1. Spiritual/Relationships

2. Financial

3. Health

4. Home

5. Work

6. Philanthropic

7. Social/FUN!

8. Self Actualization

Once you have determined your focus, you need to assign goals. Think about what is important to you when you establish these. For example, a goal under your Health category could be to improve your heart health by reducing your cholesterol by 5%. Maybe you want to mend a broken relationship or forge a new one. Commit these to paper and establish steps you need to achieve the end result.

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."  Jimmy Dean

For example, perhaps you want to travel to Barcelona, Spain. And, you've been giving the trip lip service for the last ten years. Something always comes up or the goal just doesn't seem attainable. Write it down and then determine what you need to do to get it done.

Self Actualization

Goal: I will travel to Barcelona in 2011


1. Borrow or buy a travel book on Barcelona

2. Conduct research --Talk to a travel agent or someone's who's travel there

3. Budget for travel expenses -- lodging, meals, transportation, activities, clothing, etc.

4. Pick a time frame for travel.

5. Book airfare, hotel, rental car, etc. (Yea . . . I'm really going)

6. Take Spanish class and buy a translator

7. Buy travel items

8. Cancel my newspaper and arrange for someone to feed the fish

8. Pack and GO!

Of course, it may be more complicated that this. You may have other commitments that must be addressed. The key is to make a plan, eliminate distractions, and do not let a water hazard drown your plans. After all, golfers don't stop playing after hitting that double-bogey; they proceed on to the next hole.


This category is all encompassing, yet open to interpretation. Whether you profess, confess, ignore or deny, most have a desire and need to tap into a higher power.

 If you find a path with no obstacles, it probaby doesn't lead anywhere." Frank A. Clark


Who said, "money is means nothing, until you have none." Most people seem to desire financial health, but once again that interpretation may vary. Some folks are content to paty their bills, others desire great wealth and still others put obtaining money at the bottom of their priority list. One thing is certain, even if you were born with a silver spoon, you need a plan to retain and maintain it. If you were not, you need a plan to obtain it. If you don't care . . . you can move on to another category.


Good emotional and physical health is paramount. Your ultimate goal could be to live a healthy life and to do this you must downplay stress, work healthful foods into you diet, exercise and control your weight.

Go to the doctor and dentist, de-stress your life as much as feasible, load up on healthy foods you enjoy, find something physical you enjoy and do it.

 "Goals are Dreams with Deadlines"  Diana Scharf Hunt


There's no place like home.  Maybe you're trying to buy, just maintaining or decorating.


Unfortunately, or fortunately, must of us have to toil for a living. Your goal may be to increase your value as an employee, obtain an excellent review, master that new software program, write better media releases, increase your website traffic by 20%, increase sales by 25%, etc.

 "Success is not final, failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts."  Winston Churchill


Take the focus off of yourself and work towards helping someone else.


Having fun is a vital part of life. You manage to squeeze a lot in 24 hours, -- picking up the kids, working out, paying the bills, cooking, -- you can squeeze some fun in your week also,

 "It's not the Mountain we Conquer but Ourselves." Edmund Hillary

Self Actualization

Be all your can be . . . Improving yourself through education, experiences such as travel, even making that dreaded speech.

" You have to learn the rules of the game.  And you have to play better than anyone else." Albert Einstein.

Goals and Progress

Use a notebook to keep track of your goals and steps or you can use goal tracking software or your own spreadsheet. Every week check off what you have accomplished. Incorporate others --family, friends -- in your plan so they can help provide support and reinforcement. Plan a celebration at the end of the year as a congratulatory well done!  Ready . . . set . . .  GO GET THOSE GOALS!


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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Nice practical advice and examples. Goal setting is important in growing oneself. Thanks for sharing your goals which are really useful.

      Love and peace


    • ExpandYourMind profile image

      ExpandYourMind 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks, Shane :)

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      Shane Belceto 7 years ago from WA USA

      oow and I like your adition Thank YOU accept for sure .. smiles

      ~Expect Miracles

    • ExpandYourMind profile image

      ExpandYourMind 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      You're welcome. I like your closing -- Expect and Accept.

    • Shane Belceto profile image

      Shane Belceto 7 years ago from WA USA

      Waht a great combo donuts and goals .. smiles

      Love the step by step suggestions .. thank YOU

      ~Expect Miracles

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      ExpandYourMind 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thank you, Eiddwen. I appreciate your comments and taking the time to read my hub.

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Enjoyed this hub, well done. I've only just come accross you on one of the forums. I am looking forward to reading more of your work.

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      ExpandYourMind 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks for the tip and motivation, writealeady.

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      writealready 7 years ago

      Buy walking shoes for your Barcelona trip. Barcelona is a fantastic city to walk around in.