outstanding professionals share their views on Goal Setting.

Entrepreneurs can learn valuable lessons on Goal Setting from these renowned experts.

Goal setting is critical for achieving success in your business and personal life. The importance of setting and pursuing goals is often emphasized by professional authorities and successful business executives. I have made a list of 20 outstanding professionals with a summary of their respective attitudes towards goal setting. Whilst many have differing views about the

implementation of the goal setting process, all agree that goal setting is absolutely essential for success.  Entrepreneurs will gain valuable insight into the various goal setting processes advocated by these experts, and the indisputable benefits to be enjoyed by effectively setting and pursuing goals.

Paul Azinge, the professional golfer, put it this way: “A dream without a plan is just a wish.” It has also been said that: “A goal is a dream with a date on it”, and “If you don’t have a dream, you can’t have a dream come true” in your business.

  1. Brian Tracy

    Thought leader, author, speaker, entrepreneur : “Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.”  “If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.”

  2. Anthony Robbins 

    Successful businessman, author, philanthropist: “Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction.”

  3. Bob Proctor

    Author, lecturer, business consultant. On goal setting: “Show me what you want and I’ll show you how to get it.  But you have to show me first.”

    — “If you set goals so you don’t fail, you’ll never move forward”.

  4. John Maxwell

    Author, speaker, pastor: “Your dream determines your goals. Your goals map out your actions. Your actions create results. And the results bring you success.”

  5. Zig Ziglar

    Inspirational speaker and author. Seven steps to goal setting: 1) Write down your goals. 2) Set a deadline. 3) Limit your obstacles. 4) List your skills and knowledge. 5) Identify allies. 6) Develop a plan of action. 7) Document the benefits you’ll get when achieving your goal.

  6. Michael E Gerber 

    – Business skills trainer and visionary for small business success. On the importance of goal setting: “The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next.”

  7. Napoleon Hill

    Author of Think and Grow Rich. Formula for Goal Setting: 1) You must have a specific goal. 2) You must have a specific time to achieve your goal. 3) You must write it down. 4) You must develop a plan to achieve your goal. 5) You must decide what kind of price you’re willing to pay. 6) You must think about reaching your goal every day.

  8. Mike Handcock 

    – Quantum business expert. Motivation for goal setting: “Do you want to spend the rest of your life doing stuff you don’t want to do? Well, don’t. Seriously, life’s too short!”

  9. Jim Rohn 

    – Entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker. “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.”

  10. Malcolm Gladwell 

    – Renowned journalist, author, and speaker: ”To achieve your goals, be open to revising as you go. Take your nose off the grindstone every so often…look around…and make sure you’re still on the right track.”

  11. Marshall Goldsmith

    Leadership coach and author. “Successful goal-setters … are more realistic about the time it will take them to implement and complete various changes and/or tasks. They review their goals frequently and adjust their plans for progress as necessary. Thus, they are more likely to meet their own goal expectations.”

  12. Peter Drucker 

    – Management consultant, educator, author: “Objectives (goals) are not fate; they are direction. They are not commands; they are commitments. They do not determine the future; they are a means to mobilize the resources and energies of the business for the making of the future.”

  13. Jack Canfield 

    – Motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Unleash the power of goal setting: “… to effectively engage the powers of your subconscious mind, a goal has to be specific and measurable. How much, by when. When there isn’t any criteria for measurement, it is simply something you want… we call it a wish, a preference, or a just good idea, but it does not register in the mind as a goal.”

  14. Robert Kiyosaki 

    – Author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad: Don’t set ambitious goals. Just set your sight on something that’s so easy, so effortless, that it’s really impossible for you to not achieve it. That’s how you can build up the Habit of Winning.”

  15. Jim Collins 

    – Author of Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. “Visionary companies pursue a cluster of objectives, of which making money is only one—and not necessarily the primary one.”

  1. Juliette C Mayers 

    – Entrepreneur, author, speaker: “Each day, take a look at your goals as you create your “to-do-list” for the day. Your activities over the course of the week should align with the goals that you have set for yourself.  If they don’t, you are on the road to derailment of your goals.  To ensure success, make the necessary changes to bring your activities into alignment with your goals.

  2. Steven Covey 

    – Author of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. “We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.”

  3. Seth Godin 

    – Best-selling author and marketer extraordinaire. “The thing about goals is that living without them is a lot more fun, in the short run. It seems to me, though, that the people who get things done, who lead, who grow and who make an impact… those people have goals.”

  4. Tom Peters 

    – Management guru and author of In Search of Excellence. Peters talks about the Art of Milestones (short-term goals), emphasising that milestones are more important than we think. “They keep our energy and morale going. Milestones represent a series of tasks. First, people need a small win…so redesign your first task so that it is small enough to complete in time.” He encourages us to celebrate the small as well and the big wins.

  5. Michael Hyatt

    – Co-author of the best-seller, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. “Goals that are too easy or hard aren’t compelling, but hitting the sweet spot in between may be as challenging as your goals themselves.”

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outstanding professionals share their views on Goal Setting
outstanding professionals share their views on Goal Setting