As one year ends and we begin another, it's a good time to step back for a moment to assess whether or not we achieved the goals we set for ourselves in the last year, and what we want to accomplish in the next.

Every new year is a chance to start over -- an opportunity to set a new path for ourselves, both in business and in life. Regardless of what path you choose, consider these words of wisdom from some very successful people.

1. "Success is a state of mind, if you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success." -- Dr. Joyce Brothers

2. "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. "Everyone can be great at something; everyone is on a path to becoming great, and leaders facilitate, encourage and empower that greatness." -- Jim Holm

5. "You don't always need a plan.  Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens." -- Mandy Hale

6. "The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream and how you handle disappointment along the way." -- Robert Kiyosaki

7. "Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve." -- J.K. Rowling

8. "Do not confuse notoriety and fame with greatness... For you see, greatness is a measure of one's spirit, not a result of one's rank in human affairs." -- Sherman Finesilver

9. "Don't aim for success if you want it, just do what you love and believe it will come naturally." -- Robert Frost

10. "Crave the result so intensely the work is irrelevant." -- Tim Grover

11. "Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes...Including you." -- Anne Lamott

12. "Pressure makes humans respond better to the challenges of life." -- Bishop T.D. Jakes

13. "Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea." -- Mikhail Lermontov

14. "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow." -- Mary Anne Radmacher

15. "You shouldn't focus on why you can't do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions." -- Steve Case

16. "When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

17. "There's nothing wrong or evil about having a bad day. There's everything wrong with making others have to have it with you." -- Neil Cavuto