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Last Updated on January 7, 2021

100 Inspiring Quotes to Start off a Great New Year

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100 Inspiring Quotes to Start off a Great New Year

Today we have decided to feature some of the world’s top inspirational New Year quotes that will help you start 2021 on the right foot. Inspiring quotes are those little reminders that we all need now and then; some words, if soaked in at the right time, are powerful enough to inspire us for the whole week.

So here is the beautiful collection of inspirational New Year quotes.

100 Inspiring Quotes for the New Year

1. “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” -Carl Bard.

2. “A journey of thousand steps begins with a single step.” -Chinese proverb

3. “The conditions are never right, people who delay action until all factors are favourable—do nothing.” -Unknown

4. “The biggest failure you can have in life is making the mistake of never trying at all.” -Unknown

5. “Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1.” -Unknown

6. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” -Aristotle Onassis

7. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” -Alan Kay

8. “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” -Thomas Jefferson

9. “Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you’re still trying, keep it up! You’re right on track.” -Matthew Keith Groves

10. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau

11. “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” -Henry David Thoreau

12. “Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end.” -Robin S. Sharma

13. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” -Barack Obama

14. “We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers—but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.” -Katharine Hepburn

15. “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” -Madonna

16. “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” -Melody Beattie

17. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” -Thomas Jefferson

18. “Once you’ve accepted your flaws, nobody can use them against you.” -Game Of Thrones

19. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -Confucius

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20. “Many people can be responsible for your success, but only you are responsible for your failure.” -Unknown

21. “Difficult doesn’t mean impossible, it simply means that you have to work hard.” -Unknown

22. “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” -Roger Crawford

23. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” -Anthony Robbins

24. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” -Bob Marley

25. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Hellen Keller

26. “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” -Jack London

27. “It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln

28. “Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others – Not realising that everyone has a different question paper!” -Unknown

29. “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” – John Wooden

30. “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” -Fitzhugh Dodson

31. “We aim above the mark to hit the mark.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

32. “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” -T. E. Lawrence

33. “You can’t hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can’t catch fish unless you put your line in the water. You can’t reach your goals if you don’t try.” -Kathy Seligman

34. “Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it.” -Steven Conrad

35. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

36. “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” -Robert Kennedy

37. “A head full of fears has no space for dreams.” –Unknown

38. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

39. “Nothing will work unless you do.” -Maya Angelou

40. “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”  –Maya Angelou

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41. “Bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” -Abraham Lincoln

42. “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” -Ayn Rand

43.“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” -Richard Branson

44.”Your life only gets better when you get better.” -Brian Tracy

45. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” -Vidal Sassoon

46. “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” -Brian Tracy

47.“It doesn’t matter where you came from. All that matters is where you are going.” -Brian Tracy

48. “I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” –Donald Trump

49. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas Edison

50. “Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them more.” -Oscar Wilde

51. “Your time is precious, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” –Steve Jobs

52. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas Edison

53. “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein

54. “Do or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda

55. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill

56. “Who seeks shall find.” -Sophocles

57. “Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” -Kyle Chandler

58. “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” –Henry Ford

59. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill

60. “In the New Year, you carry all the experiences of the past years and that is the greatest power of every New Year! This year again, you are less student and more master!” -Mehmet Murat ildan

61. “What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” -Vern McLellan

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62. “Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.” -Steve Wozniak

63. “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” -Neil Gaiman

64. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” –Albert Einstein

65. “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” -Jim Rohn

66. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Henry Askins

67. “When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.” -Bob Marley

68. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” -Henry Ford

69. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey

70. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” -Norman Vincent Peale

71. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

72. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -Helen Keller

73. “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” -H. Jackson Brown Jr.

74. “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” -Greg S. Reid

75. “This year believe that anything is possible. Start each day with goals. Eat more real food. Buy good books and make time to read them. Drink water. Exercise daily even when it sounds like a terrible idea. Shop for quality not quantity. Purge the unnecessary and decrease clutter. Hug the ones you love. Find the best in others. Show others the best in you.” -Unknown

76. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” -Dalai Lama

77. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

78. “In order to lead a fascinating life, one brimming with art, music, intrigue, and romance, you must surround yourself with precisely those things.” -Kate Spade

79. “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” -Tao Te Ching

80. Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.” -Daisaku Ikeda

81. “Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.” -Sri Ramana Maharshi

82. “Living isn’t done in months or years, it’s done in experiences.” -Unknown

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83. “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

84. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi

85. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” -Dr. Robert Schuller

86. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.” -Helen Keller

87. “There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.” -Christopher Morley

88. “Make each day your masterpiece.” -John Wooden

89. “The best dreams happen when you’re awake.” -Cherie Gilderbloom

90. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” -Christopher Reeve

91. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” -T.S. Eliot

92. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” -Muhammad Ali

93. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” -Napoleon Hill

94. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” -George Addair

95. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb

96. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” -George Eliot

97. “Someday is not a day of the week.” -Denise Brennan-Nelson

98. “There are no short cuts to any place worth going.” -Beverly Sills

99. “Choosing a goal and sticking to it changes everything.” -Scott Reed

100. “I am thankful for all of those who said, ‘No’ to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” -Albert Einstein

Final Thoughts

The New Year is a time of great hope and opportunity, and inspiring quotes can help enhance those good feelings. You have 12 months ahead of you that you can spend bettering your personality, career, relationships, and many other life aspects. Use these New Year quotes to inspire you to push forward each day in search of self-improvement.

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Last Updated on September 27, 2021

8 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important to a Fulfilling Life

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The importance of effective goal setting cannot be overstated on our personal journeys towards success. This is why there are countless articles out there on how to set your own SMART goals and even why it’s a skill commonly taught to a small degree in classrooms.

Learning the importance of goal setting and the benefits of sticking to those goals can be the defining factor determining whether we truly embrace the importance of goal setting. The more willing we are to embrace this method, the more likely we become to reach our personal definitions of personal and professional success.

Thus, this article is going to walk you through some of the benefits you’ll see from learning to set goals for yourself and answer the question — why is goal setting important?

1. Goals Guide and Align Our Focus

It’s hard to get to where you want to be in life if you don’t know what you’re aiming for. Some people believe avoiding goals means living a more care-free life. How many times have you heard the phrase “If I have no expectations, then I can’t be disappointed”?

But is that really what our lives have come to? Living just to avoid disappointment? It doesn’t seem like an overly optimistic view in my opinion. And since you’re reading this article, I’m willing to bet that you agree with me.

Without goals, we lack a degree of direction and focus. Sure you may be able to avoid disappointment, but just avoiding disappointment doesn’t mean you are necessarily happy.

Without goals, we will pointlessly waste our time, energy, and efforts. Listen to anybody who is the top of their field and they’ll tell you something like this,

“Yes talent is important, but often your success depends much more on what you decide to do with that talent.”

And what you will do with your talent largely depends on your focus.

Your goals give you direction. Your goals give you something to shoot for. This direction and target you create in your mind will help you to progress towards your main life goals rather than simply wander around aimlessly. These goals will help you align your actions and behaviors as you continue moving forward.

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So, why is goal setting important? Because it gives you direction, alignment, and purpose!

2. Goals Help You Avoid ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’

Basically, shiny object syndrome is always being in pursuit of the next big thing, constantly switching your goals based on what you feel is most fun and interesting at the given moment, but never actually giving yourself time to accomplish any of those goals.

You don’t get anywhere because you continually change the direction you are heading in. This is one of the consequences that may result if you decide to live a life without goals.

Your goals can sometimes help you to create mental barriers, or blinders, that help you to remain focused on what you think is important and avoid the things that are second priority. When you outline goals for yourself, you are better able to avoid things that distract you from achieving and accomplishing those goals.

Setting goals helps you to step around the other shiny objects because you’ve taken the time to make some mental notes that remind you what it is that you want from your life. Your goals act as subconscious deterrents to anything less than your main priorities. This is what helps you to reach your personal definition of success.

So, why is goal setting important? Because not only do goals tell you what you want from life, but they also help you realize what you need to give up and avoid to achieve that.

3. Goals Turn Our Largest Goals into Manageable Steps

A lot of us have big hopes and dreams. It’s one of the things that make our lives exciting!

But a lot of us never take the time to figure out how we can effectively get from point A to point B. So, sadly, we never fully achieve those goals. We look at our dreams and convince ourselves that only a select few people ever achieve them, so we write ourselves off as people not meant to reach that level of success. Looking at the end product of a goal can be intimidating, daunting, and discourage us from even pursuing them.

Thankfully, goal setting helps us break large intimidating goals into smaller ones. These small steps and more achievable goals will help us to build momentum and will encourage us to keep working towards the next phase of our goal. The form the foundation from which we can begin building the life that we truly hope to have for ourselves, our families, and may even for our communities depending on how big your goals are!

Whenever I get talking about this aspect of goal setting, I can’t help but think about the mountain climbing analogy, and that the easiest way to climb a mountain is simply step by step.

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So, why is goal setting important? Goal setting gives you a list of manageable steps that you can take in order to take your life from where it is now to where you want it to go both effectively and efficiently.

4. Goals Encourage You to Take Action

This builds on the last benefit of goal setting. Not only does effective goal setting help you break down your larger goals into smaller, more manageable ones, but it also encourages you to actually begin taking action on those goals. After all, a plan is completely worthless if you aren’t willing to invest the effort required to execute it.

Setting your goals and putting your plan in place motivates you to begin taking action towards achieving them. These goals give you something to plan and work towards. Essentially, they help propel you forward.

What I like to do is write out and place my goals somewhere that I’ll regularly see them. This constantly serves as a reminder of my top priorities. It allows me to focus on taking small progressive actions towards achieving these goals daily.

This ensures that I don’t fall into the trap of setting a goal, beginning to work towards it for a while, but then having my motivation fade resulting in me falling off track. This is exactly what many people see happen when it comes to their “New Year’s Resolutions.”

If you want to learn about how to take action towards achieving your goal, here’s how: How To Take Action Towards Your Goals Right Now

So, why is goal setting important? Because goal setting actually motivates you to stop thinking about your goals and actually get out there and achieve them!

5. Goal Setting Helps You Continually Improve

This is something that a lot of personal development and self-improvement writers talk about, continual improvement. For those of you who are not aware of the term, continual improvement is exactly what it sounds like — taking small steps towards improvement as frequently as you can to develop into the person you want to become.

What’s the point in improving a little bit each day if you’re not improving in the areas that you want to improve in after all?

The goals that you define for yourself will inevitably shape you into the person who you want to become. They’ll shape your character. Your goals can help you measure your progress as you strive for this type of development.

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Essentially, having goals helps you determine where you started, where you are now, and how much further you need to go. In this manner, your goal setting can serve as milestones and benchmarks that help you determine how well you’re progressing towards your most important goals!

So, why is goal setting important? Goal setting helps you make improvements each day that will slowly transition you into the person you want to become.

6. Goal Setting Keeps You Accountable

Not only does setting goals help you measure your progress, but it also is a means through which you can keep yourself accountable. Too many goals fail because they lack this crucial aspect of outlining accountability.

For example, if I have the goal to do 50 push-ups, that’s great. Most people would support that goal. However, this goal lacks accountability. When do I want to accomplish this goal by and what steps do I take to get there? These are important questions that the original goal leaves unanswered.

A much more descriptive and specific goal could be to do 50 push-ups within the next 3 months by starting at 5 push-ups, and then adding 5 each week. This goal outlines the deadline as well as the steps I’m going to take to achieve it. This plan will keep me accountable because if I fail to retain my progression schedule, I will know that I’m not going to achieve the goal on time.

Additionally, it can serve as a marker helping to signify when something is impeding my progress that I may not have initially accounted for. This tells me that I need to re-evaluate what I’m doing and figure out what adjustments I can make to facilitate my success.

So, why is goal setting important? Setting goals is key to keeping ourselves accountable and on-track towards accomplishing our goals according to the schedules and deadlines we set for ourselves.

7. Goals Make You Feel Good

Trust me, the progress you feel as you set and achieve goals can become super motivating and super addicting (in a good way)! The dopamine release you get from achieving your goals is like a little reward for our brains that continually motivates us to try and hit that next goal!

Having some clearly defined goals will help you to feel better about yourself and your life in general, especially when you stick to those goals, actively work towards achieving them, and end up accomplishing and surpassing your initial expectations. I’m not the oldest book on the shelf myself, but I can attest that there are not many feelings quite like the one you experience when you truly get on a roll!

Additionally, our goals give us an endpoint to shoot for. Rather than progress for progress’s sake, you can actually see where you’re heading! That’s so much more rewarding. Think about a long car trip as a kid. You ask “if you’re there yet?” ever 20 minutes. It seems like the drive drags on forever.

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If you don’t know where you’re going, you risk the journey becoming tedious. It doesn’t tend to be much fun wandering around aimlessly. Goals make us feel good about where we’re directing ourselves.

So, why is goal setting important? Because setting goals and accomplishing them plain and simply make us feel better about ourselves and our lives!

8. Goals Help You Live Your Best Life

I’ve talked a lot in this article about how goal setting helps us progress towards our top priorities and live the way we truly want to live. So I think it’s fit to end the article with this goal because, in the end, I feel it’s the most important one.

Setting your goals and clearly defining what they mean to you will help you live a life that is tailored to your beliefs and values. Your life will become directed towards the things that you most want to achieve.

Life is a tricky game and only in very rare circumstances are things handed to us on a silver platter. Often it takes a great degree of work, planning, and effortful execution of both.

There is no point clinging on to things in your life if they don’t bring you happiness or help you accomplish something that, in some way, aligns with your goals.

Simply put, setting goals helps us live a life that allows us to pursue the challenges and rewards that we truly want to achieve.

So, why is goal setting important? Because our time is always limited, and setting clearly defined goals can help ensure that you make the most of your life and live to the fullest! Find out more here: How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life

Final Thoughts

These are just a few of the benefits of goal setting that outline why it truly is so important. If you take a moment or two, I bet that you can even think of a few more benefits yourself that you could add to this list.

If I could leave you with something, it would be this:

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Goal setting has the potential to take us to some amazing places in life because we all have talent and ambitions. To achieve your biggest dreams, you need to be willing to sit down and create a life design uniquely tailored to you that will help you achieve them!

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