New year, new you.
The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to reflect on our lives and the experiences that we went through — and learn from them. Although some may not be positive, all types of experiences should be seen as lessons because they help us learn and grow as humans.
Finding the time and willingness to look back at what the past year brought with it, whether we have regrets or would like to remember forever, can be difficult. Many of us would rather leave things in the past and move forward. However, if we do not embrace and learn from our mistakes, we will end up making them again and again.
Quotes are a great way to help you navigate you along your journey down memory lane. These inspirational quotes will help give you the courage to look back on both the good and bad times and understand the life lessons you faced over the last 12 months.
This new beginning is a great opportunity for you to adventure outward and make your life what you want it to be, regardless of the past. Whether it be learning a new skill or quitting your steady job to pursue your passion, going after your dreams can be a daunting task. Reviewing everything you went through in 2018, both positive and negative, can be a great way to ensure you start the year off right.
In order to do so, you need to be able to accept the times that you were wrong and learn from them. It’s not always easy to admit to ourselves that we were wrong, but those who succeed in life are those who are able to accept their mistakes.
The new year should be seen as a way of continuous growth from the year before and not just a fresh start. Those who seek fresh new starts often times do not want to confront with their past. They tend to be in a continuous cycle that never ends that is filled with those same types of mistakes.
Taking this time to do this may seem pointless or time-consuming at first, but you will see how magical and powerful this experience will be. You’ll want to make this a tradition you do every new year.
1. Take time to understand others.
“Maturity is when a person hurts you and you try to understand their situation rather than hurting them back.” — Unknown
2. Your past has brought you to the place you’re supposed to be.
“Whatever happened over this past year, be thankful for where it brought you. Where you are is where you’re meant to be.” — Unknown
3. Life is all about lessons.
“The past is where you learned the lesson. The future is where you apply the lesson”. —Unknown.
4. Tough times are the greatest tests.
“Life is not about how you survive the storm, it’s about how you dance in the rain.” — Unknown
5. Your worst times are the best times to learn.
“Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes.” — Unknown
6. The first step is forgiving yourself.
“Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.” — Unknown
7. Learn to live life without regret.
“Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.” — Unknown
8. The most painful times provide us with the greatest lessons.
“Sometimes painful things can teach us lessons that we didn’t think we needed to know.” — Unknown
9. Not all problems need to be solved.
“When you find no solution to a problem, it’s probably not a problem to be solved. But, rather a truth to be accepted.” — Unknown
10. It;s time to let go of what’s not meant for you.
“You can’t lose what you never had, you can’t keep what’s not yours, and you can’t hold on to something that doesn’t want to stay.” — Unknown
11. Know when to say good bye to people.
“Life is like an elevator: on your way up, sometimes, you have to stop and let some people off.” — Unknown
12. It’s not always worth a fight.
“In life it’s important to know when to stop arguing with people, and simply let them be wrong.” — Unknown
13. Be around people who truly support you.
“Never confuse people who are always around you, with people who are always there for you.” — Unknown
14. Take risks..
“Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you.” — Unknown
15. The bad days will prepare you for tomorrow’s challenges.
“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.” — Unknown
16. The only way to grow is by accepting the pain.
“If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.” — Buddha
17. Learn to be thankful for the things you don’t have to face.
“Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offer thanks for all the troubles we don’t have.” — Unknown
18. Continue to stand for what you believe in.
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” — Unknown
19. The only way to get what you want is to never give up.
“No matter how you feel. Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.” — Unknown
20. Be open to new experiences and viewpoints.
“We are only as blind as we want to be.” — Maya Angelou
21. Act on your dreams.
Stop waiting for things to happen. Go out and make them happen. —Unknown.
22. Fear is holding you back.
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” — Unknown
23. Face your challenges head-on.
“Don’t run away from challenges. Run over them.” — Unknown
24. Decisions are what define you.
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen Covey
25. Learn from your past.
“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” — Rafiki, The Lion King
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Jonathan Mui is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.