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29 Quotes To Summarize What You’ve Learned In 2016

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29 Quotes To Summarize What You’ve Learned In 2016

Whenever a year is about to end and a new year is about to begin, we get the chance to start over again. We get to reflect on what we did wrong, what worked and what did not work from the past year–and correct them. True, most people make lists for their New Year’s resolutions, but ironically, most of them never follow through their lists.

Instead of making a list of resolutions that are hard to stick with for a whole year, another good way to initiate change in your life is to reflect on powerful motivational quotes that are based on other people’s experiences because experience is the best teacher. The motivational quotes below are our recommended quotes for reflection about things that we have learned in 2016.

1. You can never be happy if you’re always afraid to let go of what’s comfortable, familiar. Sometimes, those are the things that hurt us.

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    2. To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.

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      3. Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now.

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        4. It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

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          5. The traveler sees what he wants to see. The tourist sees what he has come to see.

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            6. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

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              7. Close some doors. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they no longer lead somewhere.

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                8. How beautiful it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged.

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                  9. Some people aren’t really all that they “post” to be.

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                    10. What you allow is what will continue.

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                      11. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

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                        12. Be selective in your battles, for sometimes peace is better than being right.

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                          13. Sometimes you don’t get closure, you just move on.

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                            14. If you saw the size of the blessing coming, you would understand the magnitude of the battle you are fighting.

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                              15. Forget it enough to get over it, remember it enough so it doesn’t happen again.

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                                16. Never judge someone by the opinion of others.

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                                  17. Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.

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                                    18. New beginnings are always disguised as painful endings.

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                                      19. If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

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                                        20. Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth even if they don’t.

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                                          21. Trust the timing of your life.

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                                            22. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

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                                              23. There are 6,775,235,842 people in the world. Why are you letting one of them ruin your life?

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                                                24. 9 times out of 10 when people treat you like crap, they feel like crap. Don’t take on their internal struggle. Send them off with peace.

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                                                  25. If you find yourself constantly trying to prove your worth to someone, you have already forgotten your value.

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                                                    26. Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.

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                                                      27. Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.

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                                                        28. Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.

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                                                          29. Behind you, all your memories. Before you, all your dreams. Around you, all who love you. Within you, all you need.

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                                                            10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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                                                            10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

                                                            We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

                                                            A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

                                                            So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

                                                            • honest
                                                            • reliable
                                                            • competent
                                                            • kind and compassionate
                                                            • capable of taking the blame
                                                            • able to persevere
                                                            • modest and humble
                                                            • pacific and can control anger.

                                                            The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

                                                            1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

                                                            All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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                                                            But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

                                                            2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

                                                            How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

                                                            I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

                                                            “The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

                                                            Abigail Van Buren

                                                            3. How does this person take the blame?

                                                            Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

                                                            4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

                                                            You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

                                                            5. Read their emails.

                                                            Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

                                                            • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
                                                            • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
                                                            • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
                                                            • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
                                                            • Too many question marks can show anger
                                                            • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

                                                            6. Watch out for the show offs.

                                                            Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

                                                            7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

                                                            A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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                                                            Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

                                                            8. Their empathy score is high.

                                                            Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

                                                            People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

                                                            9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

                                                            We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

                                                            “One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

                                                            Stendhal

                                                             10. Avoid toxic people.

                                                            These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

                                                            • Envy or jealousy
                                                            • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
                                                            • Complaining about their own lack of success
                                                            • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
                                                            • Obsession with themselves and their problems

                                                            Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

                                                            Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

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