55 Epic Motivational Quotes To Focus on Your Goals

Need some powerful quotes about focusing on your goals to inspire you? Here are 55 epic, life-changing motivational quotes to turn to!

We know the goals we want to achieve. We write them down, map them out, talk to our inner circle about them, and are feeling confident after setting goals for our future.

But then…life happens. Other things happen that can distract us from our goals. Unfortunately, it’s normal.

We want to entirely focus on our goals, but that’s not realistic. Most of us are working on our goals while working full-time, 9-5 gigs.

Or while raising a family. Or while going out on dates trying to find the one. Whatever it is, there are always other things going on in addition to working towards our goals.

So how can we focus on our greater goals? Draw out a plan of how you’re going to reach your goals.

Talk about your goals with those closest to you. They can keep you accountable and on track. Everyone needs a support system!

Another great reminder to focus on your goals is through quotes. Read motivational quotes to yourself that get you wanting to start working towards to your goals.

Write them down in your journal. Print them out in your workspace and hang them around your computer. Post that inspirational pic on social media with one of these quotes.

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55 Quotes About Focusing on Your Goals

Whether you’re setting personal goals, long-term goals, or short-term career goals, focus quotes can help you. These inspirational quotes will get you focusing on your goals.

“Where focus goes, energy flows. And where energy flows, whatever you’re focusing on grows. In other words, your life is controlled by what you focus on. That’s why you need to focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear. When you next find yourself in a state of uncertainty, resist your fear. Shift your focus toward where you want to and your actions will take you in that direction.”Tony Robbins

Your energy will go to what you’re focusing on, so make sure your goals are your focus. Make sure your focus is on the positive, not the negative.

“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.” — LL Cool J

And if your dream shifts, don’t give up, develop a new dream or new goals as you grow.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt

The most important thing you can do for yourself is to believe you can do it. You need to believe in yourself, so make sure you believe that you can focus on your goals and get there! Having the courage to believe you can reach your goals really is half the battle.

“If you focus more on the inside, you’ll feel just as great about the outside. I feel attractive when I’m doing good and helping people.” – Keke Palmer

quotes about focusing on your goals

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – George Lucas

Focus is all about directing your mindset – direct it to your goals, and your goals will become your real life.

“I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.” — Venus Williams

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” — Bruce Lee

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four-hour days.” –Zig Ziglar

Think of it – EVERYONE has 24 hours in a day. No one has more…not even Beyoncé! You’ve probably heard that saying right? “Even Beyoncé has 24 hours in a day.” It’s true! It’s about how you utilize your time, not the exact amount of time.

“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.” – Zig Ziglar

“Focus on the possibilities for success, not on the potential for failure.” – Napoleon Hill

The only limit is when you say “I’ve had enough goals” and give up. To try is to succeed.

“The best career advice I’ve gotten is to stay focused, keep moving forward.” – Tyga

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“What you stay focused on will grow.” – Roy T. Bennett

Another reminder that the things you focus on will become your reality. Focus on your goals, and if you do, you’ll get closer to reaching them.

“Everyone’s time is limited. What matters most is to focus on what matters most.” ― Roy Bennett

Live life in pursuit of your own dreams and with a positive attitude that you can reach them.

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” – Paulo Coelho

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle Onassis

When you’re feeling discouraged, down, fearful – whatever negative emotion – remind yourself that it’s in that moment it’s more important than ever to switch your focus to your goals. It’ll help pull you out of the negative.

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” — Marie Curie

“Goals are dreams with deadlines.” ― Diana Scharf

Yes!!! I love this differentiation of goals and dreams. When you’re mapping out your track to your goals, put a deadline on them just like you would with any other project. Have milestones to mark your progress.

“Our focus is our future, and what we focus on will multiply in our life.” – David DeNotaris

quotes about focusing on your goals

“I have a motto on my bedroom wall: ‘Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal.‘ Giving up is not my style. I just want to do something that’s worthwhile.” — Chris Burke

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ― Karen Lamb

I personally say this one to myself all the time…it’s so true! I’ll think of things in hindsight too and be like “wow, if I had just done that last month, I’d be in a different place right now.”

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.” ― Colin Powell

“You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.” – Sabrina Bryan

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” — Stephen A. Brennan

You won’t reach your goals without focusing on your plan. It’s not possible Remember that.

“FOCUS = Follow On Course Until Successful.” ― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

“You have to stay focused and be mentally tough. That’s what I’ve really learned: every day is a grind, and you have to go hard.” – Chris Gronkowski

“Choose to focus your time, energy and conversation around people who inspire you, support you and help you to grow you into your happiest, strongest, wisest self.” – Karen Salmansohn

Yes, the people around you can have a big impact on your focus, too. Surround yourself with people who support you and better you!

“People often say I have so much energy, that I never stop; but that’s what it takes to accomplish your goals.” — Curtis Jackson

quotes about focusing on your goals

“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” — Napoleon Hill

The time will never be “just right.” There will always be something else happening. Don’t use that as an excuse not to start. If you do, you’ll be waiting forever.

“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.” — Bo Bennett

“Any unforeseen challenges that crop up are only there to test your resolve on your way to ultimate success in reaching your goal.” — Byron Pulsifer

“Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.” — Mario Andretti

Things will come up. You probably will be working on your goals while doing other things. But the important thing is to keep your goals a focus, especially when this happens.

“Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.” — Elbert Hubbard

“Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.” — John Carmack

“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.” — Mark Victor Hansen

Write it down!! Map it out!! Make a plan!! That is a great first step to focusing on your goals.

“Stay focused and don’t allow distractions to fill your mind or derail you from taking continued action.”—Byron Pulsifer

“Set your goal, don’t give up when you face obstacles, and stay focused, as the power within is truly amazing!”—Catherine Pulsifer

While this is all easier said than done, this is the basic blueprint for success. You have to set goals, focus on them, and dig deeper when things get hard. It will never be easy to reach your goals. And like the great modern day philosopher Miley Cyrus said, it’s the climb.

“You can set a direct course for your future by defining your goals, or, you can take the opposite position and just let the future haphazardly unfold by itself.” — Catherine Pulsifer

Basically… you are in more control of your future than you realize.

“There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” — Michael Phelps

“If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life that you want, you’re going to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” — Kevin Ngo

“Let your new goal be to be a person who is imperturbable”, a person who is very hard to disturb or upset. Set your mind on your goal and let nothing distract you from it.”―Jeanette Coron

I think I found my new goal in life TBH. This is great! We should all strive to be imperturbable.

“Successful people have focus. They don’t get easily distracted and they ignore things that are completely unnecessary.”—Penelope Holmes

quotes about focusing on your goals

“I know when I stay focused, good things will undoubtedly happen.”—Marc Trestman

“You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on the actions that produce results.”—Mike Hawkins

“Begin with the end in mind.” — Stephen Covey

Reaching your goal is “the end” game, right? Focus on that from that start.

“Get motivated, stay focused and work towards worthy goals each day with dogged determination.”—Matt Bishop

“What I’ve learned in these 11 years is you just got to stay focused and believe in yourself and trust your own ability and judgment.”—Mark Cuban

And we’ve seen firsthand how Mark Cuban has, and continues to reach his goals – who better to listen to than him?!

“If you stay focused and right on track, you will get to where you want to be.”—Michelle C. Ustaszeski

“Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods.”—Denis Waitley

Focusing when things get hard is easier said than done. We ultimately have to persevere through these periods, because that is when growth truly happens.

“One more reason as to why we lose focus is the fact that we are not really aware of our priorities.”—James Nelson

Make sure to take some time to figure out what your goals are. Figure out how you’re going to reach them. You can’t focus on your goals if you don’t know what they are.

“I learned that focus is key. Not just in your running a company, but in your personal life as well.” – Tim Cook

Focus helps us reach our goals in all areas of our lives.

“A negative focus can result in our entirely missing the possibilities placed in our path.” – Anne Wilson Schaef

This is an important point too because if we are too focused on the wrong things we won’t be able to recognize opportunities, nevertheless take advantage of them.

“Focus on doing the right things instead of a bunch of things.” – Mike Krieger

We don’t need to focus on doing all the things. Ultimately we need to put our efforts where it matters; where we will get the most payoff.

“My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things.”— Bill Gates

From Bill Gates himself! Don’t give small amounts of attention to lots of things. Instead, give lots of your attention to a small amount of things.. like your goals.

“Learning how to rein in your thoughts and focus is going to help you to achieve your goals in life. Without focus, you can never achieve anything.” – Eric Phillips

Don’t be intimidated if you have big goals you want to set. Instead, take a deep breath, step out of your comfort zone, and know that to lead a happy life you have to focus. Great things are ahead, and you deserve them.

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About the Author

Michelle Ioannou

Michelle graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelors of Arts ’13 and a Master of Arts ’14. She’s currently working in corporate America with a side of freelance writing. She wants you to learn from her experiences and mistakes so your 20s can be your best decade. When she’s not working, she’s likely planning her escape to a tropical island.