At the beginning of a new year it’s easy to catch the inspirational bug and set goals, make changes, book vacations—anything that can help you make the next 12 months bigger and better than the last.
I jump on this train. Come January I always make a list of goals I hope to accomplish in the next year and I’m usually on the hunt for upcoming concerts and weekend getaways I can add to my calendar before the days start filling up and flying by.
For me, when the holidays are long over and I’m back in the regular swing of things, I tend to let the inspiration fade and the stress, discouragement and exhaustion of the day to day take over.
One thing that helps me combat that however, is latching onto mottos and inspirational words that I can use as weapons, shields, and fuel to propel me forward.
So, if you’re someone like me who sometimes needs that extra something to lean on, I collected a few of my favorite mottos, all of which I’ve reached for at one time or another. I hope they can give you the boost of inspiration or comfort or whatever you might be needing, and that they can encourage you to always strive for the bigger and better, no matter what time of year it is.
1) “Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.” – Rachel Hollis
What it means to me: Stop wasting time worrying about what other people will think of you and everything you might do or think about doing. People are going to judge you whether you live your life your way or their way, so you might as well live it your way.
2) “Have courage and be kind.” – Cinderella
What it means to me: When things get overwhelming, go back to the basics. Be brave and be nice and something good will form on the horizon.
3) “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
What it means to me: There is always going to be goodness in the world, so no matter how dark things look, if you keep moving forward, you will find the light again.
4) “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
What it means to me: You are important. You matter. And while sometimes people won’t see that, won’t appreciate that and will hurt you, it is your choice what to do with that hurt. You do not have to dim yourself because someone else can’t see your light.
5) “It’s not time to worry yet.” – To Kill a Mockingbird
What it means to me: I wrote a whole blog post on this one.
6) “Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.” – John Wooden
What it means to me: Your past shaped you, but it is not where you are. Be here, in the day you have been given today, because all the days before this one are already over and you can’t change them.
7) “Do no harm, take no shit.” – Yoga Girl
What it means to me: Don’t walk on people and don’t let them walk on you.
8) “You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
What it means to me: It is never too late to try something new. You are allowed to dream more than one dream, and you’re allowed to dream a dream completely and totally different than everyone else’s.
9) “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton
What it means to me: Don’t wait for someone to tell you who you are, or keep your fingers crossed that the answer might fall into your lap. Learn about yourself. Passionately. Figure out who you are, what you love, what you hope to do with your life and do it without regret.
10) “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
What it means to me: Fear is a door, not a wall. If you have the courage to push through it, it is an opportunity to take you somewhere and give you something you’ve never had before.
Do you have any mottos you live by?