I was recently asked what my favorite top 10 inspirational quotes for the New Year were.
I really had to give it some thought as there are so many that have helped me over the years.
Finally, after much thought, I picked the ones that are my favorite.
The point about quotations is that depending on your circumstances,
and where you are in life, you will find your favorites
will change with time and with your current situation.
I picked these top 10 thinking about my children.
If I had to suggest only ten that would influence their life;
these are the top 10 I would choose;
1. "Every problem has a gift for you in its hands."
Richard Bach How many times have we faced a
challenge and we can
only see the problem. We don't look for the gift. We need to change
our focus from the problem to the gift.
Next time you are faced with
a problem, stop and see if you can find the gift. It is amazing what you
may find when you really stop and look. It requires a change in
one where rather than focusing on the problem you focus on finding the
benefit. At times this is difficult to do, but the solution and the benefit
are always there. We can be miserable and let the issue stops us or
we can move forward with determination.
2. "What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it."
Author Unknown Life goes by quickly. And it seems the older we get the quicker life
by. Don't waste your days as once the day is gone
you will never get it back. Use your time wisely. Just like you spend
your money wisely, spend your time in the same manner. You exchange
your money for goods or services, think of your days in the same way.
Let this quote be one that stays with you as we start a new year, exchange
each day of your year for something that you consider important?
3. "Do or do not, there is no try."
Yoda When we use the word try we are not fully committing we are only
trying. My kids have heard me use this saying many times over. When
you ask someone to do something or someone tells you that they are going
to "try" then you should remind them of this saying. You see, the word try
is actually sending a message to the brain, "well, maybe I could do it."
The response of, "yes I will do it" sends an entirely different message; a message
of determination and commitment.
So in this coming year, don't try, just do it!
4. "Try to do unto others as you would have them do to you, and
do not be discouraged if they fail sometimes. It is much better that they
should fail than you should."
Charles Dickens True words of wisdom from Mr. Dickens! When you apply
these words to when dealing with other people in your life what a difference it
could make. And, in life there are always times when people let us down, or
disappoint us, but rather than getting angry or mad, think about how much
better it is that they did this rather than you. A golden rule of a success
is to treat people like you want to be treated.
5. "90% of what you worry about never happens, so why waste your time and energy on worrying."
So many people waste their time and energy on
If there is something
you can do - do it, otherwise, there is no sense worrying. What does
worrying add to anyone's life? Nothing. It solves nothing, it doesn't make
you feel better, it offers no comfort. It truly is a waste of time. If you
can fix what you are worrying about then do it, and if you can't then let it
Put your energy into something more positive.
6."The most wasted of all days is one without laugher."
When I first heard this quote I could truly relate to it. It was
during a time where I was faced with some issues and I felt very stressed.
The people around me at that time were anything but funny. And, I realized
that I had to implement this saying in my life. So I watch some 30 minute
sitcoms that were funny and found myself laughing and oh, it felt so good.
Laughter is good for the soul. It releases
and makes you feel better. Do this every day for your health. It helps
you and you may also find it will help those around you. Never let a day
of this new year go by without some laughter in it. Find a reason, do
7. "Cherish life's simple pleasures."
It is not the biggest or most expensive things in
life that are important.
The simple things could be playing with a child, walking in the forest,
watching the sunrise, laughing with friends, helping someone, to name only a few.
You will find that it is those simple things that will mean the most
as you look back over your life. If we had more simplicity in our lives
we would be more relaxed.
The things we take for granted are often the simple pleasures
and when we lose those things we then understand how important
they are to us. "Cherish", such an awesome word, but one that
we should remember in our life.
8. "Life is not measured by the breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath."
Wise words to always remember as we begin this year.
The times in our life that
take our breath away are the moments we will always cherish.
They are the memories that we have years after the events happen.
We can be busy everyday but if we never stop and take the time to smell the roses, or
never stop and enjoy the moment we are missing out. If we are
continually thinking about tomorrow we miss today. Live each day taking
in the moments.
9. "The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude . . . I am convinced that life is 10% what
happens to me and 90% how I react to it."
Your attitude will determine your success in life.
Keep it positive! When you look at successful people you will
see that even faced with failure and challenges, they get back
up and go again. They learn, they reassess and they demonstrate
determination. No matter what happens in life how you respond
to it will determine your happiness and success. There are many things
in life that we have no control over, but we always have control over
our own attitude. We make a choice every day how we will react to
any given situation we find ourselves in. We can demonstrate a positive
attitude or a negative one. The choice is ours.
10. "I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things
that I have not done."
Lucille Ball Words from this famous actress that we all need to remember.
Don't be someone who ends up with
you didn't follow your dreams.
Take that chance, take that risk it will be a memory
that will be with you for your life. Every successful person in life takes a risk,
are no guaranteed successes, but if you have a plan, you have determination,
and you are willing to work then chances are you are moving towards success.
And, even if you are not successful
or it doesn't work out you will learn something, which is never a waste
of time! Don't be one of those people who at year's end stops and wonders
I wonder what would have happened if. . . .