I'm ready for 2019. With a new year, we are presented with an opportunity to make a success plan for it that will help us achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. A new year is a natural time for us to reflect on the past year. It's also a time to renew our commitment to our business and to working hard at being our best selves. One of the ways I start each day is with positive affirmations, but I also look for a quote that can help me to begin my day in the right frame of mind. These are some of my favorites that I will use this year; hopefully, they can help you in some way.

  1. Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. --Thomas Edison
  2. Nothing is impossible; the word itself says "I'm possible." --Audrey Hepburn
  3. Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.
    --Charles Swindoll
  4. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. --Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. Do or do not. There is no try. --Yoda
  6. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. --Albert Einstein
  7. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. --Henry Ford
  8. If you hear a voice within you say "You cannot paint," then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. --Vincent van Gogh
  9. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. --Steve Jobs
  10. The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.
    --Amelia Earhart
  11. Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.              --Robert Louis Stevenson
  12. A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.
    --Anonymous
  13. What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. --Bob Dylan
  14. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. --Booker T. Washington
  15. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. --Helen Keller
  16. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. --Anne Frank
  17. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. --Plato
  18. What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. --Plutarch
  19. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. --Leonardo da Vinci
  20. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. --Albert Einstein
  21. To play without passion is inexcusable. --Ludwig van Beethoven
  22. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
    --Dalai Lama
  23. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. --Alice Walker
  24. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
    --Ralph Waldo Emerson
  25. Nothing will work unless you do. --Maya Angelou
  26. My why will define my how. Let your why be your guide. --Rhett Power

  27. It is not what happens to you that matters, but what you do about it that makes the difference. --Rhett Power

  28. Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.
    --Winston Churchill
  29. Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
    --Henry David Thoreau
  30. Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. --John D. Rockefeller
  31. Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion. --Tony Hsieh
  32. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
    --Winston Churchill
  33. The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do. --Apple
  34. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. --Barack Obama
  35. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. --Walt Disney
  36. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. --Albert Schweitzer
  37. Fall seven times and stand up eight. --Japanese proverb
  38. If you can dream it, you can do it. --Walt Disney
  39. I failed my way to success. --Thomas Edison
  40. I never dreamed about success, I worked for it. --Estée Lauder
  41. Have no fear of perfection -- you'll never reach it. --Salvador Dali
  42. If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut. --Albert Einstein
  43. Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. --Coco Chanel
  44. I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down. --Abraham Lincoln
  45. It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
    --Leonardo da Vinci
  46. Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world. --Roy Bennett
  47. Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days.
    --Zig Ziglar
  48. The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
    --Bertrand Russell
  49. Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality.
    --Malala Yousafzai
  50. The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. --Thomas Jefferson
  51. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. --E. E. Cummings
  52. The power of imagination makes us infinite. --John Muir
  53. In a gentle way, you can shake the world. --Mahatma Gandhi
  54. Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
    --Joseph Campbell
  55. Each day provides its own gifts. --Marcus Aurelius
  56. If life were predictable, it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
    --Eleanor Roosevelt
  57. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.
    --Ralph Waldo Emerson
  58. Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. --Emily Dickinson
  59. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. --Stephen Hawking
  60. The most important thing is to enjoy your life--to be happy. It's all that matters.
    --Audrey Hepburn
  61. I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. --Frank Lloyd Wright
  62. Action is the foundational key to all success. --Pablo Picasso
  63. For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. --Walter Scott
  64. I attribute my success to this--I never gave or took any excuse.
    --Florence Nightingale
  65. Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. --Robert F. Kennedy
  66. Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible. --Albert Einstein
  67. Achievement has no color. --Abraham Lincoln
  68. Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. --Franklin D. Roosevelt
  69. Focus is the key to success. Plan your work and work your plan. --Rhett Power
  70. You can't achieve a goal without having it. --Shawn Doyle
  71. What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become achieving your goals. --Goethe
  72. Criticism is easy; achievement is difficult. --Winston Churchill
  73. Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. --Dr. Seuss
  74. Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
    --Abraham Lincoln
  75. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
    --Mahatma Gandhi
  76. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
    --Dalai Lama
  77. Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
    --John Lennon
  78. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. --J.R.R. Tolkien
  79. Happiness is a warm puppy. --Charles M. Schulz
  80. No medicine cures what happiness cannot. --Gabriel García Márquez
  81. Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. --Mark Twain
  82. Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today. --James Dean
  83. Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are. --Chinese proverb
  84. The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than growing with them.
    --Bernard M. Baruch
  85. If you start to think the problem is "out there," stop yourself. That thought is the problem. --Stephen Covey
  86. Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. --Greg Anderson
  87. You never regret being kind. --Nicole Shepherd
  88. The need for forgiveness is an illusion. There is nothing to forgive. --Rachel England
  89. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. --Dalai Lama
  90. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
    --Dale Carnegie
  91. In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. --Deepak Chopra
  92. Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it. --J. Petit Senn
  93. In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy. --Albert Clarke
  94. The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are. --Goldie Hawn
  95. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. --Anne Frank
  96. If you want to be happy, be. --Leo Tolstoy
  97. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. --Mark Twain
  98. Happiness adds and multiplies, as we divide it with others. --A. Nielsen
  99. There is more to life than increasing its speed. --Mahatma Gandhi
  100. Happiness? That's nothing more than health and a poor memory. --Albert Schweitzer
  101. Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it. --Rhett Power

Published on: Dec 31, 2018
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