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12 Inspiring Quotes for 2018 – Monthly Motivation to Look Forward To

12 Inspiring Quotes for 2018 - Monthly Motivation to Look Forward To

I believe that we all have our own inner wisdom to guide us; that said, I also understand that we can use our shared wisdom to fine-tune our individual motivation. These quotes, one for each month, offer observations, wit, and encouragement to infuse the coming year with energy and perspective. I hope that you enjoy them and that help you in discovering your own sources of fulfillment.

#1 – “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. Nikos Kazantzakis


Exterior validation is fine, applause if fantastic, but there is no greater motivator than the voice inside that says, this is what I want to go towards, this is what I want and need. Consider this.

It may be that no matter where you are in your life, and who you have in it, the one constant is your belief in yourself and your goal. Just when you are feeling that you are most vulnerable is when you need to, and can, find your own inner-validation. Consider conducting this thought exercise: Think of a time when you envisioned a goal and made it come true.

 You know from your own experience that this works.

#2 – “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”Mark Twain

Writer, raconteur, philosopher. Mark Twain may be on to something. Perhaps if you examine your past successes, and the life stories of those whom you respect and those that you love, you see that it is getting started is the first step to carrying out that great project.

Whatever you desire to do, whether it's going back to school, opening a business, learning a language, working on your screenplay, or enacting a yoga practice, there is power in beginning the project. Suggestion: Pick your project. Then see what it is like to make your first move. Remember: this is why erasers were invented, so be fearless.

Starting compels you, it motives you in a way that has a power that mere plans and dreams, while they may serve as a blueprint, can never quite match. To find more inspiration here is that may present useful ideas.

#3 – “Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” ― Nido Qubein

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At the beginning of a fresh year, you find that you may have perhaps have packed the baggage from the past. Perhaps you can use the wisdom that you have acquired through experience, the good and the interesting, the challenging and the beautiful, and discover among the memories, values, and ideas that you carry the materials to fashion the life that you desire.

As has been said, start where you are. This is your life, so craft your blueprints, lay the scaffolding, and start building. For inspiration, check this out.

#4 – “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas A. Edison

Thomas Edison knew something about experiments. Things may not turn out as you planned. You may find your way beset by obstacles, issues that are circumstantial, other-induced, and of your own making.

Try not to catastrophize unexpected consequences. This may not a sign of failure; this may be an opportunity to try another approach, another method, other means. For ideas on perseverance, consider reading this.

#5 – “There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela

There is beauty in the small rituals and comforts of quotidian life. And then there are the things that excite your passion.

There is a good reason to stay with your strengths and build on past successes. Never let it be said otherwise. And yet small successes aren't the stuff that gets your pulse racing, your brain firing, and your heart thudding. Sometimes you want to get on that wild mare and have the ride of your life. For more inspiration view this video.

#6 – “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” ― Samuel Beckett

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We all know of the people who seem to succeed at everything that they put their hand to. They seem so enviable. Often, we have been inculcated to avoid failure. We may date the safe person who won't reject us, take the class for the easy "A", stay in a town that is easy and known, and there is nothing wrong with that. But let that be from desire rather than fear. For more on the subject, view this video.

Look around you and you'll find that the great successes are intertwined with the most spectacular failures. Want to research and learn about what we can learn from failure? If so, please go to this page.

#7 – “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”George Bernard Shaw

If you have had the experience, like almost all of us have, of questing in search for ourselves, I believe that you'll agree that a common result of the chase "to find oneself" is that we were there all along.

Past an initial period of experimentation, you now know yourself through meditation and experience. Now is the time to move forward with enacting the goals that exhibit the truth that you desire to live and the actions that you want to manifest. Want more ideas on the subject of self-invention? Here's a video to enjoy.

#8 – “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James

In a world of 24 hours news stories, that can sometimes seem overwhelming with quotidian worries and cares and responsibilities, perhaps the question of What can I do to make a difference? may be answered by committing intimate acts of kindness and personal, philosophical, and political acts of engagement as you see fit.

Consider the importance of actively listening and being respectful. Act within your moral boundaries. Speak truthfully. Do your best. Plant a tree, bring soup to the sick, babysit, vote, support your favorite charity. This video will give you more ideas.

#9 – “There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.” Sophie Kinsella

Picture Life as a glorious experiment: a conceptual art piece in the making, a poetry reading with the mic out so you have to shout, a very good dim sum restaurant, a music festival, and a half-baked pottery studio with a kiln.

Perhaps we would get more quality work done and generate more joy if we weren't so concerned with ruining our lives, which truly are resilient. Life is a paradox, it is both fragile and ephemeral and pretty tough. For ideas on living your boldest life yet visit this page.

#10 - “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”May Sarton

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Sometimes it seems like the most radical thing that you can be is a joyful, authentic human being who is having a blast while endeavoring to do one's best.

Want to discover some more? Check out this article! You are a unique, wondrous, amazing entity who in all of history has never existed before. Celebrate! And those things that are labeled as "faults", the insecurities, worries, idiosyncrasies, those are what make an individual juicy and fun.

#11 – “All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring. Chuck Palahniuk

Perhaps there should be an eleventh commandment: Thou shalt not be boring. An injunction about excess worry and care. Have fun, it may help you to live longer, and if not, you'll probably amuse and delight the people in your life anyway. For more ideas try this.

For more on the art of being interesting view.

#12 – “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” Charles Darwin

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We equate Darwin with a hard-nosed realist and survivalist in the literal sense. The words of wisdom to read poetry and listen to music coming from Darwin seem like a way to ensure the survival of the most enjoyable and worthwhile life.

Think of immersing yourself in culture as an experiment and then draw your own conclusions. For more ideas, check out this video.


Creating this list was a joy. It allowed me to immerse myself in the quotes of great individuals and to share with you my hopes of creating an exciting new year. Did you enjoy the list? If you find motivation and worthwhile ideas, please leave a word in the comments and consider sharing this with others. Thank you for visiting the site and for reading 12 Inspiring Quotes for 2018 - Monthly Motivation to Look Forward.

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