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100 Inspiring Quotes To Start Off A Great New Year

100 Inspiring Quotes To Start Off A Great New Year

Today we have decided to feature some of the world’s top inspirational life quotes that will help you to start a great New Year. Quotes are those little reminders that we all need now and then are some words are powerful enough to inspire us for the whole week.

So here is the beautiful collection of Inspirational life quotes.

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.” – Unknown

23. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Unknown

24. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Unknown

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.” – Unknown

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. “Our true character is that person we become when no one is watching.” – Unknown

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

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.” – 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.” – Unknown

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

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10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

Most discussions on positively influencing others eventually touch on Dale Carnegie’s seminal work, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Written more than 83 years ago, the book touches on a core component of human interaction, building strong relationships. It is no wonder why.

Everything that we do hinges on our ability to connect with others and formulate deep relationships. You cannot sell a house, buy a house, advance in most careers, sell a product, pitch a story, teach a course, etc. without building healthy relationships. Managers get the best results from their teams, not through brute force, but to careful appeals to their sensibilities, occasional withdrawals from the reservoir of respect they’ve built. Using these tactics, they can influence others to excellence, to productivity, and to success.

Carnegie’s book is great. Of course, there are other resources too. Most of us have someone in our lives who positively influences us. The truth is positively influencing people is about centering the humanity of others. Chances are, you know someone who is really good at making others feel like stars. They can get you to do things that the average person cannot. Where the requests of others sound like fingernails on a chalkboard, the request from this special person sounds like music to your ears. You’re delighted to not only listen but also to oblige.

So how to influence people in a positive way? Read on for tips.

1. Be Authentic

To influence people in a positive way, be authentic. Rather than being a carbon copy of someone else’s version of authenticity, uncover what it is that makes you unique.

Discover your unique take on an issue and then live up to and honor that. Once of the reasons social media influencers are so powerful is that they have carved out a niche for themselves or taken a common issue and approached it from a novel or uncommon way. People instinctually appreciate people whose public persona matches their private values.

Contradictions bother us because we crave stability. When someone professes to be one way, but lives contrary to that profession, it signals that they are confused or untrustworthy and thereby, inauthentic. Neither of these combinations bode well for positively influencing others.

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2. Listen

Growing up, my father would tell me to listen to what others said. He told me if I listened carefully, I would know all I needed to know about a person’s character, desires and needs.

To positively influence others, you must listen to what is spoken and what is left unsaid. Therein lies the explanation for what people need in order to feel validated, supported and seen. If a person feels they are invisible, and unseen by their superiors, they are less likely to be positively influenced by that person.

Listening meets a person’s primary need of validation and acceptance.

Take a look at this guide on how to be a better listener: How to Practice Active Listening (A Step-By-Step Guide)

3. Become an Expert

Most people are predisposed to listen to, if not respect, authority. If you want to positively influence others, become an authority in the area in which you seek to lead others. Research and read everything you can about the given topic, and then look for opportunities to put your education into practice.

You can argue over opinions. You cannot argue, or it is unwise to argue, over facts and experts come with facts.

4. Lead with Story

From years of working in the public relations space, I know that personal narratives, testimonials and impact stories are incredibly powerful. But I never cease to be amazed with how effective a well-timed and told story can be.

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If you want to influence people, learn to tell stories. Your stories should be related to the issue or concept you are discussing. They should be an analogy or metaphor that explains your topic in ordinary terms and in vivid detail. To learn more about how to tell powerful stories, and the ethics of storytelling, take a look at this article: How To Tell An Interesting Story In 4 Simple Steps

5. Lead by Example

It is incredibly inspiring to watch passionate, talented people at work or play. One of the reasons a person who is not an athlete can be in awe of athletic prowess is because human nature appreciates the extraordinary. When we watch the Olympics, Olympic trials, gymnastic competitions, ice skating, and other competitive sports, we can recognize the effort of people who day in and day out give their all. C

ase in point: Simone Biles. The gymnast extraordinaire won her 6TH all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships after doing a triple double. She was the first woman to do so. Watching her gave me chills. Even non-gymnasts and non-competitive athletes can appreciate the talent required to pull off such a remarkable feat.

We celebrate remarkable accomplishments and believe that their example is proof that we too can accomplish something great, even if it isn’t qualifying for the Olympics. To influence people in a positive way, we must lead by example, lead with intention and execute with excellence.

6. Catch People Doing Good

A powerful way to influence people in a positive way is to catch people doing good. Instead of looking for problems, look for successes. Look for often overlooked, but critically important things that your peers, subordinates and managers do that make the work more effective and more enjoyable.

Once you catch people doing good, name and notice their contributions.

7. Be Effusive with Praise

It did not take me long to notice a remarkable trait of a former boss. He not only began and ended meetings with praise, but he peppered praise throughout the entire meeting. He found a way to celebrate the unique attributes and skills of his team members. He was able to quickly and accurately assess what people were doing well and then let them and their colleagues know.

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Meetings were not just an occasion to go through a “To Do” list, they were opportunities to celebrate accomplishments, no matter how small they are.

8. Be Kind Rather Than Right

I am going to level with you; this one is tough. It is easy to get caught up in a cycle of proving oneself. For people who lack confidence, or people who prioritize the opinions of others, being right is important. The validation that comes with being perceived as “right” feeds one’s ego. But in the quest to be “right,” we can hurt other people. Once we’ve hurt someone by being unkind, it is much harder to get them to listen to what we’re trying to influence them to do.

The antidote to influencing others via bullying is to prioritize kindness above rightness. You can be kind and still stand firm in your position. For instance, many people think that they need others to validate their experience. If a person does not see the situation you experienced in the way you see it, you get upset. But your experience is your experience.

If you and your friends go out to eat and you get food poisoning, you do not need your friends to agree that the food served at the restaurant was problematic for you. Your own experience of getting food poisoning is all the validation you need. Therefore, taking time to be right is essentially wasted and, if you were unkind in seeking validation for your food-poison experience, now you’ve really lost points.

9. Understand a Person’s Logical, Emotional and Cooperative Needs

The Center for Creative Leadership has argued that the best way to influence others is to appeal to their logical, emotional and cooperative needs. Their logical need is their rational and educational need. Their emotional need is the information that touches them in a deeply personal manner. The cooperative need is understanding the level of cooperation various individuals need and then appropriately offering it.

The trick with this system is to understand that different people need different things. For some people, a strong emotional appeal will outweigh logical explanations. For others, having an opportunity to collaborate will override emotional connection.

If you know your audience, you will know what they need in order to be positively influenced. If you have limited information about the people whom you are attempting to influence, you will be ineffective.

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10. Understand Your Lane

If you want to positively influence others, operate from your sphere of influence. Operate from your place of expertise. Leave everything else to others. Gone are the days when being a jack of all trades is celebrated.

Most people appreciate brands that understand their target audience and then deliver on what that audience wants. When you focus on what you are uniquely gifted and qualified to do, and then offer that gift to the people who need it, you are likely more effective. This effectiveness is attractive.

You cannot positively influence others if you are more preoccupied by what others do well versus what you do well.

Final Thoughts

Influencing people is about centering your humanity. If you want to influence others positively, focus on the way you communicate and improve the relationship with yourself first.

It’s hard to influence others if you’re still trying to figure out how to communicate with yourself.

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