Setting good goals for your life requires perspective. It requires a broad view of the big picture - the big picture of your own life situation and of life in general. The very first step in the section of our website dealing with goal-setting is aimed at encouraging you to get clear about your own life, about what's really important to you. And the last step in that section (step 11) encourages you to take a broader, more balanced view of life overall.
Below you will find a selection of quotations aimed at prompting you to think about the big picture. Those who achieve the clearest understanding of life and of their place within it are those who will set the best, most fulfilling and meaningful goals for themselves.
It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
-Ursula K. LeGuin-
Everyday is my best day. This is my life. I'm not going to have this moment again.
When you look at life, the greatest happiness is family happiness.
-Dr. Joyce Brothers-
The important thing is not what happens to us, but what we do about what happens to us.
-George H. Allen-
The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying.
My philosophy of life is the philosophy of heroic action. We must take bold action in life to make it meaningful, to make it a worthy and noble existence.
-Antoine de Saint-
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but a person with a certain set of attitudes.