Don’t make resolutions without an action plan. The secret to success is right in your hands.
— J. Allen Shaw
The New Year is a perfect time to make a fresh start. For many people, that means resolving to make new habits and goals in their personal or professional lives. For others, taking care of some long-neglected chores or projects is a great opportunity. Regardless of which camp you fall in, it’s hard not to feel hopeful on New Year’s Eve—a time of celebration and so much promise.
As December comes to a close, we take time to reflect on the past year and take stock of what’s truly important as we head into the next. Maybe we’re looking for the motivation to finally get started on a new project or career. Or hoping to take better care of ourselves in the months ahead. Perhaps we’re looking for a little more excitement in life and need a reminder to keep the door of possibility open. Or, just maybe, we’re content and secure right where we are and hopeful for another happy year.
As we revel in the inspiring nature of the season, read through this selection of quotes to remind yourself that anything is possible. Happy New Year!
Begin as you mean to go on.
—Charles H. Spurgeon
What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.
—Octavia E. Butler
Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented.
If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one!
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.
Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.
A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
—Mary Anne Radmacher
I want to make a New Year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.
You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.
Without the intense touch of nature, you can never fully freshen yourself! Go for a camping and there both your weary mind and your exhausted body will rise like a morning sun.
—Mehmet Murat Ildan
Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.
The new year is the glittering light to brighten the dream-lined pathway of future.
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.
Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.
I hope you realize that every day is a fresh start for you. That every sunrise is a new chapter in your life waiting to be written.
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
—Edith Lovejoy Pierce
You do not find the happy life. You make it.
—Camilla Eyring Kimball
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
—Henry David Thoraeu