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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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The Gentle Art of Saying No for a Less Stressful Life

The Gentle Art of Saying No for a Less Stressful Life

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments—you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time. That’s why the art of saying no can be a game changer for productivity.

Requests for your time are coming in all the time—from family members, friends, children, coworkers, etc. To stay productive, minimize stress, and avoid wasting time, you have to learn the gentle art of saying no—an art that many people have problems with.

What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger, or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

However, it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here’s how to stop people pleasing and master the gentle art of saying no.

1. Value Your Time

Know your commitments and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it.

Be honest when you tell them that: “I just can’t right now. My plate is overloaded as it is.” They’ll sympathize as they likely have a lot going on as well, and they’ll respect your openness, honesty, and attention to self-care.

2. Know Your Priorities

Even if you do have some extra time (which, for many of us, is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time?

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For example, if my wife asks me to pick up the kids from school a couple of extra days a week, I’ll likely try to make time for it as my family is my highest priority. However, if a coworker asks for help on some extra projects, I know that will mean less time with my wife and kids, so I will be more likely to say no. 

However, for others, work is their priority, and helping on extra projects could mean the chance for a promotion or raise. It’s all about knowing your long-term goals and what you’ll need to say yes and no to in order to get there. 

You can learn more about how to set your priorities here.

3. Practice Saying No

Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word[1].

Sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.

4. Don’t Apologize

A common way to start out is “I’m sorry, but…” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important when you learn to say no, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm and unapologetic about guarding your time.

When you say no, realize that you have nothing to feel bad about. You have every right to ensure you have time for the things that are important to you. 

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5. Stop Being Nice

Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. However, if you erect a wall or set boundaries, they will look for easier targets.

Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.

6. Say No to Your Boss

Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss—they’re our boss, right? And if we start saying no, then we look like we can’t handle the work—at least, that’s the common reasoning[2].

In fact, it’s the opposite—explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.

7. Pre-Empting

It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting,

“Look, everyone, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects, and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”

This, of course, takes a great deal of awareness that you’ll likely only have after having worked in one place or been friends with someone for a while. However, once you get the hang of it, it can be incredibly useful.

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8. Get Back to You

Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, try saying no this way:

“After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.”

At least you gave it some consideration.

9. Maybe Later

If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say,

“This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].”

Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands. If you need to continue saying no, here are some other ways to do so[3]:

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Saying no the healthy way

    10. It’s Not You, It’s Me

    This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often, the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time.

    Simply say so—you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization—but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true, as people can sense insincerity.

    The Bottom Line

    Saying no isn’t an easy thing to do, but once you master it, you’ll find that you’re less stressed and more focused on the things that really matter to you. There’s no need to feel guilty about organizing your personal life and mental health in a way that feels good to you.

    Remember that when you learn to say no, isn’t about being mean. It’s about taking care of your time, energy, and sanity. Once you learn how to say no in a good way, people will respect your willingness to practice self-care and prioritization. 

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