Sunday, December 1, 2019

5 Inspirational Quotes to Carry With You Through 2020

5 Motivational Quotes to Carry with You Through 2020

Get ready for 2020 with a positive and productive mindset. We can't change the world, but we can control, change and work on ourselves. 

We can all agree that there will always be problems, heartache, and struggles. However, the cosmic duality of yin and yang dictates that the opposite is also true; life is filled with beauty, promise, joy, and love. 

Here are five inspiring quotes to put on the wall, fridge, or store in the notes section of your mobile phone, and carry with you through 2020.

1. "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - by Buckminster Fuller, 1895-1983, American Architect, Inventor, Author, Designer, Futurist

This is currently my favorite quote. In fact, in my poetry book, "We Will Have Morning Smiles", I reference this quote on the closing page as a message to my own children. These days especially, this quote offers essential advice. When we're having an issue, no matter the nature of it, the best approach is to not focus on solving the issue but to think in terms of building a new path that makes the problem itself obsolete. 

2. "There are two wolves fighting inside all of us; one is evil, the second one is good. Which wolf will win? Answer: The one you feed. - Old Cherokee Saying

This comes from an old Cherokee story of a grandfather teaching his grandson that there is a battle going on within each of us. There's another analysis by the Cherokee grandfather offered and that is feeding them both keeps life balanced and one from overtaking the other. This interpretation says that if you feed them both, you avoid an internal struggle of one or the other working for your attention. You're balanced. I'm not sure how I feel about the second analysis but I do understand the point.  For 2020, feed the wolf seeking the good.

3. "You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore" - by William Faulkner, 1897-1962, American Writer and Nobel Prize Laureate.

This is the ideal 'take-action' quote. If you've been holding back and feel a sense that it's time to get things accomplished, carry these words with you. Simply choose to break those chains, and in 2020 go for it. Personally speaking, this is my primary go-to quote for 2020.

4. "It's amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday." by John Guare, Born 1938, American Playright

When our day or life hasn't proceeded as we thought it could or should have, let's remember what this wise quote says; tomorrow is a new day, and anything is possible. Every day we wake up, is another chance. Let's take advantage of all 365 chances in 2020.

5. "Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom" - by Aristotle

Being honest with ourselves about who we are isn't always easy. Only we know the depths of who we are. One of the messages I've delivered to my kids over the years is that lying to yourself is the biggest lie. When we're not honest with ourselves, we only hurt ourselves.  When we've made mistakes, and we all have, we need to forgive ourselves, seek atonement, never repeat them, and move on. So simple, but many of us spin our wheels over this one. Let's make 2020 the year we stop spinning our wheels. You can read more about this approach in a poem I've written called Times Gift.

Let 2020 be your year.



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8 comments:

  1. I love motivational quotes. The first one is so apt for today's societal climate. It reminds me of my martial arts training where you achieve your objective by not fighting against something or someone. The best way is typically not the path of most resistance. Thanks for always focusing on the positives and on proactively creating that which is desired.

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  2. I have always liked motivational quotes too, and collect them in a notebook. I especially like the wolves quote you included here. I have always thought Native American wisdom was very good.

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  3. I love not only the five quotes you chose but also the insights about each that you shared. We create our own reality to a greater extent than most people realize, and choosing “which animal to feed” can make a huge difference in how we experience the world. Feeding the “gratitude beast” has profoundly changed my life!

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  4. Wonderful quotes and insights. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. It really is amazing how such seemingly simple quotes can influence your overall outlook, therefore your days. We really should always strive to focus on the positives in our lives.

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  6. I love that 2nd quote. We are flawed. We will never be perfect. But are better to be self-aware. I'm going to put that quote on my fridge. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. I haven't heard of the third quote before, but it's one I really like and is definitely one I will be using during 2020.

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  8. All good quotes for sure. I think I need to print them off and have them right at eye level for easy reference when things are not going quite the way I would like them to go. Thanks Barbara for a virtual kick in the rumpus bumpus. I needed that!

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