10 Empowering, Inspiring Quotes To Start You Off The New Year

10 Empowering, Inspiring Quotes To Start You Off The New Year

This is going to be a great year, and it all starts with you!
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As the year comes to an end, we take the time to reflect on how it all came down and make a game plan to improve. Even if you feel like there's no way you can ever know as much as you do now, there's always room to grow and every experience minuscule or not, shapes us.

Some questions you may pose yourself are:

"Have I improved my physical & mental health this year?"

"Did I spend money that I should have saved?"

"Am I staying true to myself?"

"Did I follow through with my resolutions from last year?"

If you fall short of a few resolutions you made previous to last year, no need to worry. A new year is upon us! Some of us may find ourselves scavenging for a list of ways to improve for the upcoming year but can't find the words to suffice them.

We all want to accomplish the impossible, have great physical and mental health, worry less, and it is possible!

(but of course, wait until after the apple pie is finished during the holidays) There is no limit on how many plates you grab during the holidays. We all deserve to indulge at the end of the New Year, but when January 1st hits... There's no time for grabbing seconds at the table.

If you have trouble finding the right words you need to give you a jump start on the treadmill or your goals this year, look no further:

A few words of inspiration & Pinterest boards never hurt anyone.

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No matter where you are now, always remember that tomorrow is a new day.

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And don't stop until you find it.

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Don't be the one that holds yourself back. Travel and gain a new perspective.

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Once you stop doubting yourself and put your best foot forward everything falls into place.

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Treat others' how you would want to be treated and look for ways to pay it forward.

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Be constant with your actions and follow through

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You're always making progress, don't compare them to others when the journey is different. Be your own comparison

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I know it's easy to look at what we want to improve, but take some time to make a reverse bucket list, as well. Be grateful for the things you have accomplished and give yourself a pat on the back.

You might be surprised when you write it all down and realize how long that list comes out to be.

Listen to your heart and follow through with your actions, don't make excuses this year!

Flip to a blank page this year and make it a bright journey.

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An Open Letter To The Judgmental People In My Hometown

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value.
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Dear judgemental, simple minded people from my hometown,

I am sorry that I have never met your level of perfection.

Coming from a small town, everyone settles to the norm of the people around them. Unlike you all, I have always been a little bit different.

I've never understood why everyone always seems to feel the need to talk down to the next person. People love to gossip about a situation as long as the situation has nothing to do with them. For every move I made, someone was always there to bring out the negativity in the situation. You all are always sweeping around somebody else's doorstep when I know your doorstep is not clean. Maybe it is time to buy a new broom. I know that I cannot please everybody and that I will also not be liked by everybody. However, I deserve respect just as the next person.

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I hope for the sake of the future generations of our small town, you all can learn to be more accepting to change.

I hope that no one judges your children like some of you all have judged me. I hope that the people that you love and care about are welcomed and accepted for who they are.

If we put as much time into being better people or helping others like you put into judging others, the world would be a much better place.

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value. Pebbles are perfectly round. I'd much rather be a diamond, one in a million, than a pebble that fits in.

Sincerely,

The one whose every move you criticize

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The Beautiful Benefits Of Mindfulness

Being mindful is important for self-improvement and growth.

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As a college student, life can be stressful. One must juggle a social life, academics, and sometimes a part-time job to boot. It's not an easy task, and with daily interactions with others, drama is sure to ensue.

A good way to go about dealing with stress and conflict is mindfulness. Mindfulness is about focusing on the present, letting go of the past, and not fixating on the future. It's about enjoying the here and now, and appreciating your life — rather than lamenting it.

Focusing intently on the future or past events is not healthy, especially for personal growth. One cannot change the past, no matter how much they want to. Obsessing over past grievances and transgressions will do no one any good and is a fruitless endeavor. Planning for the future rather than enjoying the present takes away from the joys of living.

As a human, it's natural to feel hurt and to hold grudges. We want apologies when people are mean or have wronged us. However, we can't control others' actions — only how we react to and behave. Mindfulness is about being the bigger person, letting go of personal vendettas and not being petty.

It's hard to do this, especially as people often are reluctant to accept their role in the conflict. It's hard to accept not being right, especially when conflict occurs. The best remedy for this is to acknowledge the other side, empathize with the person you're in conflict with, and then accept what has happened.

Mindfulness allows us to stay in the present, become more self-aware, and not overreact to events in life. No one can control what happens in their life or how people behave. It's vain to think so.

Meditation and mindfulness are very similar. They both allow people to slow down, think, and contemplate things. It's effective in reducing stress, accepting misfortunes, and letting go of the little things. Mindfulness is also crucial in learning self-love and forgiveness.

It's common for people to be their own worst enemy. It's hard to forgive ourselves, especially when we make mistakes and let people down. No one wants to feel like a failure or to disappoint people. But beating ourselves up isn't the solution — it only allows one to wallow in self-pity rather than learn and grow from their mistakes. No one is perfect — we all mess up in life. It's how we learn from our mistakes and grow from them that makes the difference.

Forgiving ourselves is hard, but forgiving other is even harder. Learning to empathize and sympathize with someone who has wronged us is a marker of true character, and frees us. Hatred is a terrible emotion that ties down both parties. It's beneficial to let go of hatred and learn to accept.

Learning mindfulness is incredibly helpful, as it allows people to move on from the past, stop fixating on the future, and instead live fully in the present.

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