42 Quotes to Kick Off the New Year!

Great Quotes to help kick start the New Year!

By now the “newness” of your resolutions for 2016 have worn off and the reality of them has set in; don’t give up on your goals, and if you didn’t set any, it is not too late to start chasing your dreams. Hopefully these quotes will help to keep you motivated!


“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” –Chinese proverb

This is a great saying because it highlights how success takes planning, time, and patience, no lasting success comes from instant gratification. It also highlights that you can always start that process now; it is never too late to start chasing your dreams.


“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” –James Cameron

Never be afraid to set high goals, you can achieve more than you think is possible. Set the bar high and then set little goals to help you move toward it. Robert Kennedy used to say that to find out how far one can go you have to risk going too far.


“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” –Tony Hsieh

You will never be truly happy or successful until you start doing what you love. You have to be passionate about what you do.


“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney


“If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do.” –Anonymous

I love this quote and have learned that it is so true.


“Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” –Vaibhav Shah

There are always struggles and sacrifices, success is never easy. Michelangelo once said that his talents would seem far less impressive if people understood what he had to give up in order to get them.


“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” –Chris Grosser


“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” –Charles Darwin

Change is inevitable, those most willing and able to adapt to it will be successful. If you are not willing to adapt to change then no matter how successful you have become it will not last long.


“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” –John D. Rockefeller

This is what I did when we started Atlas Senior Living. It is scary but necessary to make that jump from good to great.


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” –Arthur Ashe


“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.” –Mark Twain

Making needed changes in your life is always scary, have the courage to overcome that fear.



“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain


“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” –Steve Jobs


“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” –Jim Rohn

If success was easy then everyone would be successful. Stay focused and keep moving forward and you will get there. Persistence is key.


“To be successful, you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.” –Mike Gafka


“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” –Thomas A. Edison


“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember, that’s where you will find success.” –Thomas J. Watson


“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” –Greg Anderson


“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” –Buddha


“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” –Ayn Rand


“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” –Reinhold Niebuhr


“We avoid the things that we’re afraid of because we think there will be dire consequences if we confront them. But the truly dire consequences in our lives come from avoiding things that we need to learn about or discover.” –Shakti Gawain


“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” –Eleanor Roosevelt


“Power isn’t control at all–power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” –Beth Revis


“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower


“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” –Mark Victor Hansen


“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt