Running Quotes About Goal Setting

Get Inspired With These Motivational Quotes

Get motivated with these running quotes about setting goals from famous athletes, coaches, and other notable people.

Alberto Salazar, three-time winner of the NYC marathon:

Runners in the NYC Marathon
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"If you want to achieve a high goal, you're going to have to take some chances."

Mary Lou Retton:

"I'm very determined and stubborn. There's a desire in me that makes me want to do more and more, and to do it right. Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it."

Vince Lombardi:

"Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal."

T. Alan Armstrong:

"Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character."

Joe Paterno:

"Act like you expect to get into the end zone."

Mikhail Baryshnikov:

"I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself."

Tom Landry:

"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan."

Vince Lombardi:

"Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is."

Brian Tracy:

"Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement."

Yogi Berra:

"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else."

C. Leeman Bennett:

"A winner is someone who sets their goals, commits themselves to those goals and then pursues their goals with all the ability that is given to them. That requires someone who beleives in themselves, who will make self sacrifices, work hard, and maintain the determination to perform at the best of their ability."

John Wooden:

"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."

Vince Lombardi:

"If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done."

Michael Jordan:

"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."

Kathy Seligman:

"You can't hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can't catch a fish unless you put your line in the water. You can't reach your goals if you don't try."

Michael Phelps:

"You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get."

Sydney Smith:

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals."

William J.H. Boetcker

"Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success."

Linda Mastandrea:

"What I've learned in my years as a competitive wheelchair athlete is this—what separates a winner from the rest of the pack is not raw talent or physical ability; instead, it is the drive and dedication to work hard every single day, and the heart to go after your dream, no matter how unattainable others think it is."

Sarah Jamieson, Australian Olympic runner:

"Setting goals gives your life meaning. The feeling of setting a goal, working hard, and then achieving it is the best."

Swami Vivekananda:

"Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities. Instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals."

Deena Kastor:

"A goal is just an awesome way to force growth on yourself."


"The only one who can tell you 'you can't ' is you. And you don't have to listen."



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