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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 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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Small Victories: 4 Reasons to Celebrate Small Wins

Small Victories: 4 Reasons to Celebrate Small Wins

Are you looking for ways to cultivate more motivation, engagement, or life satisfaction? Celebrating small victories consistently could bring the energy boost you need.

We all have big goals in life, like owning our own home, writing a novel, or building an NGO. Big goals are key to helping us find satisfaction in life, but when they are long-term goals, we can risk losing motivation and energy along the way. This is why celebrating small victories can be so essential for success.

What Are Small Victories?

First, let’s establish what a “small victory” is. Small victories are anything you accomplish that aligns with your intentions. They can be related to work, personal or professional relationships, habit changes, and or finances. Small wins can be easy to gloss over, especially if you’ve been raised on a diet of self-criticism and perfectionism.

Let’s say that you intend to be less judgmental of others. A small victory might simply be noticing when you start to think something judgmental about how someone else says the word “milk.” Even though the thought still popped into your head when they pronounced it “melk,” you at least noticed yourself in the thought.

Paying attention to your thoughts opens the door for you to question why everyone must pronounce words the same way. This is awareness, and as they say, awareness is the key to successful life changes.

Why Should We Celebrate Small Victories?

Instead of celebrating small victories, why not just wait for the big victories to sweep you to happiness?

Imagine that the doorbell rings, you answer it, and a spokesperson with way too much fake tan yells, “Congratulations, you have just won 3 million dollars!” Balloons and confetti fall around you. How would it feel to celebrate a big win like that?

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Surely, with that sum of money, you would not only feel motivated and engaged, but you’d also have everlasting happiness and fulfillment, right? According to research, people who win large sums of money are more satisfied with the quality of their lives overall.[1] However, they don’t experience more day-to-day happiness than anyone else—so much for big wins.

Small wins keep us on track and moving forward, which can help us avoid procrastination. If you find that this is a problem for you, you can also check out Lifehack’s Fast Track Class: No More Procrastination.

In fact, the internet is already abuzz with articles that extol the virtues of celebrating the small stuff. But happiness is only one of the dozens of reasons you should celebrate routinely.

The reasons for celebrating small can be broken down into the following categories.

1. Energy

When energy is low, it can be challenging to accomplish anything. Try as you might to set goals, without energy, it’s understandable why the couch would have so much more magnetic pull than the treadmill. When you celebrate your small victories, you will give yourself little hits of energy that will add up over time.

Try it right now for yourself: think of something small you achieved today. Maybe you took out the garbage even though it was really cold outside, you’re extremely tired, and you didn’t want to. Tell yourself, “I’m so proud of you for braving those terrible weather conditions to keep the house running smoothly.”

Or maybe you’re celebrating choosing tea over coffee in the afternoon. How does it feel to congratulate yourself? What does your body experience when you point out the little win to yourself?

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Over time, you’ll notice that the little celebrations inject you with boosts of energy that will accumulate. Although you’ll probably still hate taking out the garbage, you’ll at least have the energy to do it.

Once you start experiencing more energy, you might notice feeling more motivated to accomplish all those items—large and small—on your “to do” list. This becomes a positive feedback loop. You accomplish something, celebrate, increase your energy to accomplish more, and repeat. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that celebrating the small victories leads you to accomplish even bigger ones.

The opposite is also true. When you don’t accomplish the little things, imagine how much more challenging it will be to chip away at the big ones.

2. Personal and Professional Growth

Acknowledging small victories helps you keep track of how far you’ve come. This is especially helpful when you’re trying to instill a new habit or make a lifestyle change.

Behavioral changes can be some of the biggest challenges we undertake.[2] They can also be the most beneficial when you’re on the path to personal or professional growth and development. It can be easy to fall into the “all or nothing” trap.

For instance, a lot of people feel that if they can’t achieve a behavioral change—like quitting smoking—the first time they try, then they might as well give up.

Positive reinforcement through celebrating small wins helps you get back on track after taking a temporary detour. “I only had 3 cigarettes today” might be the small victory that would lead you to only having 2 tomorrow.

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Growth in any area of life is a process, and this process requires the use of tools. Celebrating the little things is an intentional tool you’ll want to use when you’re in the process of becoming the person you have been saying you want to be.

3. Self-Love

They say that education is the most important investment you’ll ever make. Imagine if you are trying to get your degree, but you self-criticize to the point of having major test anxiety. If you don’t offer yourself some patience and compassion, it doesn’t matter how much money you throw at your education—you’ll never finish the degree!

Therefore, self-love is the greatest investment you will ever make.[3] You are the only person you will know for the entirety of your life. When you love yourself unconditionally, you will be able to navigate any life obstacle or storm. Celebrating your small victories is just one of so many ways to take care of yourself[4].

Self-Love Languages

    When people get married, they celebrate. On our loved ones birthdays, we celebrate. We celebrate because celebrations demonstrate our love for others. Therefore, when you actively celebrate small victories, you affirm the love you have for yourself.

    Celebrating your small victories is a powerful way to demonstrate that you notice how amazing you are. It helps you rely more on your own positive feedback rather than looking to the outside world to tell you what it thinks of you. Here’s something that nobody ever said: “People-pleasing is the gateway to the Kingdom of Joy.” Stop waiting for other people to tell you how incredibly valuable you are and start acknowledging all your little successes!

    As a side benefit, self-love has also been known to lead to better relationships with others.[5] It turns out that when you love yourself, you will show others how you want to be treated.

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    4. Happiness

    According to Jungian psychologist, Dr. James Hollis, our quest for happiness is actually not the focus of our lives. Instead, it would be in our best interest to design our lives around finding meaning.[6]

    So, why is happiness mentioned in almost every single article about celebrating small victories, including this one? Because it’s what we want. As it turns out, the path to what we want is not a direct one.

    According to Hollis, “Joy, and happiness, are not goals in themselves, but they are the by-product of those moments when we are doing what is really right for us.”[7]

    Happiness is a by-product! When we are fully engaged in our lives, our confidence runs higher, our actions match our intentions, our love for ourselves grows, and we experience a life filled with meaning. So, if you want to experience happiness, you must find ways to incorporate meaning into your life. Celebrating your little wins can be a catalyst for finding this meaning.

    Put another way, if you’re not ready to let go of the pursuit of happiness, try viewing happiness as something you practice.[8] And if you want a proven way to engage with that practice, try celebrating all of your small victories.

    Final Thoughts

    Consider keeping a daily log of your little victories. At the end of the week, you can read everything you celebrated, which will help you experience the accumulation of all the little wins. And if you want to experience an even bigger win, re-read your celebration journal at the end of the year!

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    Reference

    [1] NBER WORKING PAPER SERIES: Long-Run Effects of Lottery Wealth on Psychological Well-Being
    [2] Harvard Health Publishing: Why Behavior Change Is Hard – and Why You Should Keep Trying
    [3] Medical News Today: Why Self-Love Is Important and How to Cultivate It
    [4] Blessing Manifesting: Self-Love Languages, What’s Yours?
    [5] Psychology Today: Self-Love is the New #RelationshipGoals
    [6] Jung Society of Washington: It’s Not About Happiness
    [7] Jung Society of Washington: It’s Not About Happiness
    [8] Psychology Today: Happiness is a Practice, Not a Destination

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