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Last Updated on January 7, 2021

100 Inspiring Quotes to Start off a Great New Year

100 Inspiring Quotes to Start off a Great New Year
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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 July 29, 2021

A Complete Guide to Goal Setting for Personal Success

A Complete Guide to Goal Setting for Personal Success
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If there was a rule book of life, there would be one particular page that was highlighted, underlined, and titled as most important. It would be the one which told you that you need to master effective goal setting and have an aim in mind before you get on with the process. While there may not be an actual rule book of life, we do have this helpful goal setting guide to offer.

Yes, goal setting is important. In fact, it’s more important than achieving the goal itself. This is because it is the sense of direction that is needed for you to fulfill any task in life.

You don’t have to feel overwhelmed if this sounds new to you, as all the following information has you covered.

Today, you’ll find out all about the importance of goal setting, types of goals, and tips to define realistic goals for yourself!

What Are Goals?

To kick off our goal setting tips guide, you need to first recognize what goals are and how they are different from objectives, dreams, and expectations.

A goal is essentially your aim for the long-term future. It is the bigger umbrella, the main focus.

Objectives, on the other hand, fall under the umbrella of goals. They are the stepping stones that help you achieve your goals[1].

Objects vs goals for goal setting tips

    For example, you may decide you want to learn a new language. Your goal is to be fluent in the new language. Everything you do to achieve this goal, such as the daily tasks and monthly learning aims, are the objectives.

    Similarly, your expectations, visions, and dreams are not your goals. If you wish to learn a new language someday, that is your dream. If you see yourself fluently speaking multiple foreign languages, that is your vision. If you think you’re capable of learning a new language, that is your expectation.

    However, if you aim to fulfill these visions, dreams, and expectations practically, that is your goal.

    Why Is Goal Setting Important?

    Why should you bother with goal setting at all? Wouldn’t it be more convenient to just get on with your daily objectives, follow a dream or vision, and let life take you wherever?

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    While that road can feel exciting and spontaneous, if you actually want to tick off things from your list of goals to achieve, learning how to set goals is necessary.

    Being committed to a goal puts your brain to work in one specific direction. Believe it or not, by having a defined goal, your brain does its magic unconsciously, 24/7, with full efficiency, to achieve the desired results[2].

    Goal setting is important to shift your focus, boost your motivation, and give you a sense of direction. Without formally defining a particular aim that you want to reach, you won’t be able to keep your objectives in line.

    Hence, this one tiny step can end up saving you a lot of hassle and time while also encouraging your productivity.

    Types of Goals

    Before we move onto the technique of setting effective goals, we need to first take a look at all types of goals in this goal setting tips guide.

    These categories will not just help you brainstorm new one for yourself, but it will also guide you to list them down in the right way.

    Time-Based

    One of the two broad categories of goals is based on time. These goals define how far in the future you want to achieve them.

    Daily

    There are certain smaller goals that you can easily achieve in a day or two. In fact, some of these daily goals can be recurring, too. For example, you may want to run for an hour every morning.

    Now, these daily goals can also serve as objectives for a long-term goal. You may be running every day because, in the long-term, you want to increase your stamina.

    Daily goals are highly effective for people who want to improve their mental wellbeing, time management skills, and stress management.

    Short-Term

    Next in line are short-term goals. As you would have already guessed, goal setting in this area is aimed at the near future.

    The great thing about these is that they are generally easier to achieve. This is because short-term goals are set for the foreseeable future. You are aware of the circumstances and have a general idea of how much the situation can change.

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    Just like daily goals, short-term goals may also serve as objectives for a long-term goal. Your short-term goal may be to lose 5 pounds in one month. That could be a goal in itself, or maybe it is just one objective to fulfill your goal to adopt a healthy lifestyle in the next two years.

    Another example of a short-term goal is to fulfill the checklist for promotion within the next 6 months. Or, you may want to reduce your screen time within the coming week.

    Long-Term

    Lastly, we have long-term goals that are meant to be completed over a stretched period.

    Whatever you want to achieve in a later stage of life is a long-term goal. An insurance plan, for example, is a long-term goal.

    Some long-term goals don’t have any time frame at all. They are goals that you want to accomplish at some point in your life. So, something like traveling the whole world is a lifelong goal with no specific time constraint at all.

    There’s one thing about long-term goals that isn’t great.

    They are the hardest to keep up with since you’re not seeing any huge achievements regularly. This may take a toll on your motivation. To tackle this problem, it is best to divide a long-term goal into various, short-term and daily objectives so that you’re always tracking the progress you’re making.

    Life-Based

    Moving forward, you can also start goal setting based on the results you want to achieve instead of the time period.

    Career

    Like most people, you will likely want to succeed and excel in your career. Anything that has to do with this intention, regardless of the time frame, is a career goal. These are usually measurable goals, such as receiving a promotion within two years, finding a job at a certain company within the next six months, etc.

    You can learn more about how to set successful career goals here.

    Personal

    The past few years have all been about emphasizing your personal health. So, when it comes to goals, how can we forget the ones that have to do with our personal gains?

    From health to finances to relationships, everything that brings you happiness and composure as a person is a personal goal. It’s important that these are realistic and attainable goals for your life.

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    Whether you want to get rid of your debt, quit smoking, start a side hustle, have children, or travel the world, all of these goals are personal and very important to have on your list.

    How to Set Goals

    The best way to guarantee the fulfillment of goals is to set them the right way.

    1. Use SMART Goals

    Every goal you define has to be SMART[3].

    SMART stands for:

    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Attainable
    • Relevant
    • Time-Bound

    In summary, your specific goals should be very well defined. They shouldn’t be generic or broad, and every detail should be clarified as you’re goal setting. 

    If you want to start running, how often do you want to do it? How long will each session be? For how long will you continue this habit?

    There has to be a connection between your goals and beliefs or you’ll never be able to achieve the results you want. Most importantly, do not be unrealistic. You cannot learn to fly, and forcing yourself to try is only going to demotivate and stress you out.

    2. Prioritize Your Goals

    As you’re looking into how to write goals for the next month or year, it’s likely you’ll come up with more than one. In this case, it’s important to prioritize which are the most important or the ones that have the tightest deadline. This is going to be subjective, as only you know which goals will have the most impact on your life.

    3. Think of Those Around You

    As you’re working on goal setting, keep your loved ones in mind. You may have a partner, children, or employees that depend on you, and you should take them into consideration with your goals. For example, if you set a goal to travel to 10 different countries in the next two years, how will this affect your children?

    If you want to lose 30 pounds this year, is there something your partner can do to support you? S/he will need to be made aware of this before you set off on your weight loss journey.

    4. Take Action

    Setting goals is the first step, but in order to be successful, you have to follow this with action. If you set goals but never act on them, they become dreams. Create an action plan laying out the steps you need to take each day or week in order to achieve your big and small goals.

    You can also check out Lifehack’s free guide: The Dreamers’ Guide for Taking Action and Making Goals Happen. This helpful guide will push you to take action on your goals, so check it out today!

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    5. Don’t Forget the Bigger Picture

    Most people refer to the big picture as their vision. Whether it is the long-term result or the connection of the goal with your desire, keep it in mind to keep yourself from getting distracted.

    You can learn more about creating a vision for your life here.

    I also recommend you to watch this video to learn 7 strategies to set goals effectively:

    How to Reach Your Goals

    You can ensure your progress by following some foolproof tactics. The use of relevant helpful tools can also keep you on the right track.

    Tactics

    One rookie mistake that most people make is that they work on too many goals simultaneously. Create an action plan and focus on one thing at a time.

    Divide your goal into smaller, easily achievable tasks. Taking it one step at a time makes it much easier. However, do not break them down too much. For example, for long-term goals, you should go for weekly checkpoints instead of daily ones.

    Also, keep track of your progress. This will keep you motivated to work harder.

    Tools

    With so many categories of goals and so many aims, it is almost impossible to remember, let alone work, on all of them.

    Luckily, numerous goal tracker apps will help you keep track of your goals, as well as your plan to achieve every single one. Have at least one installed in your smartphone so that your plan is always within reach.

    The Bottom Line

    In conclusion, using a goal setting tips guide is not rocket science. All that it takes is strong will power along with all the knowledge that you’ve learned so far.

    Try out the tactics and goals setting tips mentioned above to be able to set successful goals so that you can achieve the life that you want!

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    Reference

    [1] Smart Insights: The difference between marketing objectives and marketing goals?
    [2] Confluence: Goal Setting Theory
    [3] University of California: SMART Goals: A How-To Guide

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