The transition from one year to another is a hugely significant time. There is a real symbolism in reviewing the past and envisioning the future. It is a period for both reflection and renewal.
But how will you narrate the tale of the old year and how will you begin to tell the story of the new? You are truly the author of your life. You hold the pen in your hand and every day is a fresh, bright new page.
Beneath our layers of expectation, lie our beliefs and values; the constant background tape we play in our heads, often without really noticing or being aware of the things we say to ourselves.
You can begin to construct a new you if you choose, by ejecting that old tape and replacing it with a more positive and helpful one.
As the author of your life, you can choose what you write; to explore ideas which will become your goals that will eventually become your achievements. Yet you might not truly understand that you have a choice, too, about the things you constantly think and say to yourself.
If you are beating yourself up with negative internal statements, the chances are you are limiting your expectation of the coming year without even realizing it.
How much better to replace negative, self limiting statements with much more positive and motivational ones.
In the spirit of New Year, new you, here are 15 of the most empowering and life affirming quotes to inspire you for your coming year.
Will you play them as the back tape to 2015?
It’s your choice!
15 Inspirational Quotes to get 2015 off to a great start
“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
“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” Milton Erickson
“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.” Dalai Lama
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.”Leo Buscaglia
“Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.” Buddha
“The grass is always greener where you water it.” Unknown
“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.” William Feather
“Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.” John Henry Jowett
“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
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius Antonius
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” James Oppenheim
“If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.” Proverb
“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” Confucius