Words have deep meaning and power, so much so that they can become a personal motto to live by. And after this year where we've been challenged to adapt quickly to new circumstances, we all need that extra push to stay motivated. With that, we've curated some inspirational quotes we've come across this year and how we hope to live out in 2021.
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it." — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It's easy to get overwhelmed with the various tasks we have to do at work, home, and elsewhere. While procrastination seems oh-so-inviting, we invite you to push past that urge and just do. Productivity techniques such as the Pomodoro technique or the five-second rule could be helpful in jumpstarting your process and setting a new tone for 2021.
"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose. What we call 'failure' is not falling down but staying down." — Mary Pickford
Sometimes our lowest points can make us feel disheartened. But this inspirational quote from Mary Pickford, a popular Canadian-American actress in the 20th century, reminds us that we can only fail if we let ourselves wallow and stagnate in the lowest points of our lives. Mental health activists and personal accounts from individuals are a constant source of inspiration to not let our bad moments define us. Instead, they offer a chance to make something great out of an otherwise unpleasant situation.
"Don't try to lessen yourself for the world; let the world catch up to you." — Beyoncé Knowles
As humans, we find comfort in the feeling that we belong in a group. Yet our individuality allows us to stand out and be unique. Singer, performer and businesswoman Queen Bey urges us to embrace that uniqueness despite any adversities we may encounter. After all, there are a lot of inspiring women who also faced such challenges and came out on top. Who knows where you'll be if you just let yourself thrive?
"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." — H. Jackson Brown Jr.
When we think of the future, it's a distant concept. But author H. Jackson Brown Jr. reminds us with this inspirational quote that whatever we experience tomorrow is a product of what we begin today. As the year comes to a close, why not set your goals for 2021? A to-do list can help you make an action plan of the things you want to accomplish in the new year. Actually, a study has shown that having a plan of action (as simple as writing the tasks down) can help alleviate your anxiety from these yet-to-be-fulfilled tasks.
"Live less out of habit and more out of intent." — Anonymous
Humans are habitual creatures. After all, routines give us a sense of control over our lives. However, this may potentially drive us to stay within our comfort zone. While there's nothing wrong with that, it’s better to live intentionally. Intentional living is "choosing to live in a manner that aligns with your sense of self and your sense of purpose," according to this post in Medium. Whether that's being a minimalist and only living with the essentials or being more purposeful about self-care, it all comes down to knowing your personal beliefs and living your life accordingly.
Which of these inspirational quotes resonated with you the most?
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