Quotes on Goals

Only goal setters who are goal writers are predictably goal achievers. — Darby V. Checketts, BYU Education Week, August 1992

The scriptural advice, “Do not run faster or labor more than you have strength” suggests paced progress, much as God used seven creative periods in preparing man and this earth.  There is a difference, therefore, between being “anxiously engaged” and being overanxious and thus underengaged. — Elder Neal Maxwell, Ensign, November 1976, pp. 10-11

Do not make small goals because they do not have the magic to stir men’s souls. — President Spencer W. Kimball

Goals are good.  Laboring with a distant aim sets the mind in a higher key and puts us at our best. — President Spencer W. Kimball, Regional Representatives’ Seminar, April 3, 1974

Every accountable child of God needs to set goals, short- and long-range goals.  A man who is pressing forward to accomplish worthy goals can soon put despondency under his feet, and once a goal is accomplished, others can be set up.  Some will be continuing goals.  Each week when we partake of the sacrament we commit ourselves to the goals of taking upon ourselves the name of Christ, of always remembering him and keeping his commandments.  Of Jesus’ preparations for his mission, the scripture states that he “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”  (Luke 2:52.) This encompasses four main areas for goals: spiritual, mental, physical, and social. “Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be?” asked the Master, and he answered, “Verily I say unto you, even as I am.”  (3 Ne. 27:27.)  Now, there is a lifetime goal – to walk in his steps, to perfect ourselves in every virtue as he has done, to seek his face, and to work to make our calling and election sure.

“Brethren,” said Paul, “but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  (Philip. 3:13-14)

Let your minds be filled with the goal of being like the Lord, and you will crowd out depressing thoughts as you anxiously seek to know him and do his will.  “Let this mind be in you,” said Paul.  (Philip. 2:5)  “Look unto me in every thought,” said Jesus.  (D&C 6:36) And what will follow if we do?  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.”  (Isa. 26:3) — President Ezra Taft Benson, “Do Not Despair,” Ensign, October 1986, p. 2

It is most appropriate for Aaronic Priesthood youth, as well as Melchizedek Priesthood men, to quietly, and with determination, set some serious personal goals in which they will seek to improve by selecting certain things that they will accomplish within a specified period of time.  Even if the priesthood holders of our heavenly Father are headed in the right direction, if they are men without momentum they will have too little influence.  You are the leaven on which the world depends; you must use your powers to stop a drifting and aimless world. — President Spencer W. Kimball, General Conference, April 1985

We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do. — Ethel Barrett

With all my capacity I encourage you to discover who you really are.  I invite you to look beyond the daily routine of life.  I urge you to discern through the Spirit your divinely given capacities.  I exhort you to prayerfully make worthy choices that will lead you to realize your full potential.  — Elder Richard G. Scott, “Realize Your Full Potential,” Ensign, Nov. 2003

The problem is that most people focus on their failures rather than their successes. But the truth is that most people have many more successes than failures. — Jack Canfield

From an eternal perspective what each of us needs is a Ph.D. in faith and righteousness.  The things that will profit us everlastingly are not the power to reason, but the ability to receive revelation; not the truths learned by study, but the knowledge gained by faith; not what we know about the things of the world, but our knowledge of God and his laws. — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, General Conference, April 1971

Please don’t nag yourself with thoughts of failure.  Do not set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve.  Simply do what you can do, in the best way you know, and the Lord will accept of your effort. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Rise to the Stature of the Divine within You,” Ensign, November 1989, p. 94