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Motivational Quotes to kick-start your 2016

Ok, so 2015 was certainly the year of motivational quotes and visuals to post on your social media. When  creative juices stopped flowing, the one reliable safe bet we could all turn to in Google was ‘Motivational Quotes’, click the image tab and hey presto, an endless supply of some of the most motivating, thought provoking collection of adjectives ever seen. And you know what, it worked.

It’s always refreshing to walk into any business and see a motivational quote posted for all to see. Perhaps we all believe we can do things to the best of our ability and achieve things that may seem out of our reach, but to have that constant reminder set as your screen saver, on your to do pad, or framed above the door when you walk in and out is only ever going to remind you of your goals.

So in a little tribute to 2015, here are some of our favourite motivational quotes to help you kickstart your own new year and to get you started breaking through barriers and reaching your objectives in 2016:

1. ‘Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

— Charles R. Swindoll

Everyone is dealt a very different hand of cards. There are things that no one can control, but how the cards are played is up to each individual. Success in life is not about measuring the things that cannot be controlled, but rather about how people handle these situations and what they do in response. Plans change, unexpected disasters arise, but successful entrepreneurs control their reactions, take charge and take action.

2. ‘If you can dream it, you can do it.’ 

— Walt Disney

Humans possess the divine gift of creativity. We are not just actors, we are playwrights. There is nothing that can stop someone from achieving the seemingly impossible, so long as they dream it and truly believe that they can turn that dream into reality. The most successful business leaders act on those dreams, bringing their visions to life.

3. ‘Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.’ 

— Proverb

The darkest part of the night comes right before the dawn. Before the light, we experience darkness; before success, we experience struggle and pain. To succeed, entrepreneurs must be broken to build themselves back up. In the same way that muscles are damaged and repaired to become stronger, hearts and souls are hurt before they can mend and improve.

4. ‘Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.’ 

— Mark Twain

Fears cannot be buried — they will always exist. But the most successful people take action in spite of those fears. Entrepreneurs charge forward, face their fears and come out on the other side stronger and better for it.

5. ‘Where there is love there is life.’ 

— Mahatma Gandhi

At the end of the day, success and achievements will not bring happiness without love. There is more to life than work, and there should be a balance between personal achievements and those that benefit others. Love your neighbours, love your friends, love your soul mate — with all your heart. That is life.

6. ‘Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.’ 

— Jim Ryun

At the beginning of a project or venture, there’s a flash of inspiration and then the motivation to take action. But the initial excitement will run out. Bringing an idea to reality requires intensive work, and it’s not always motivating or inspired. But with an established process and patience, the work gets done. Small habits make up the larger goal.

7. ‘The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.’ 

— John. A. Shedd

In 1901 a literal statement was published in a Duluth, Minnesota newspaper that displayed some thematic similarities. Warships should be kept moving and should not be left in harbor according to the statement. These ships at sea face some of the greatest risks; yet, interestingly, even a ship in harbor may “rust and rot”. The concept was ascribed to Theodore Roosevelt though the wording used was not attributed to him

What quotes will propel you through the new year?