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New Year Resolution Quotes 03

by Steve M Nash
(Huddersfield, UK)

Weekly Wonder Online: 22
(3. Quit Smoking | Find Better Job | Learn Something New)

Albert Camus wonders...

"Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies."

Aristotle wonders...

"Education is the best provision for old age."

An Anonymous Smoker wonders...

"If people don't love themselves enough to cut down on their smoking, they may love someone else enough to do it."

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What I Wonder...

(NOTE: Yes, I wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)

So, as I say in the video above, I think inspirational quotes can serve as a powerful reminder, especially in the case of New Year Resolutions - they can encourage us to act on our resolutions.

But it's important to recognise the self-sabotaging forces trying to prevent us from succeeding with them, AND to recognise our real reason for setting the new year resolution in the first place...

Most Common New Year Resolutions...

Find links to the other weekly wonder new year resolution inspirational quotes here:

  1. Lose Weight | Stick to a Budget
  2. Reduce Debt | Enjoy Time | Find Soulmate
  3. Quit Smoking | Find Better Job | Learn Something New
  4. Volunteer | Get Organised | (Marianne Williamson Quote)

NOTE: you can read more about Common New Year's Resolutions (and why you're not going to keep them), here

So, Albert Camus's inspirational quote, to me anyway, gets to the heart of why I work for myself: so that I am more able to enjoy the time I spend at work.

I believe that too many people put too little value on what makes them really happy, and sacrifice this to the lure of big bucks or 'job status' or even the trappings of earning lots of money.

Job satisfaction is NOT about simply working for yourself, obviously - any job can be a great job! - but it *is* about enjoying your work!


As for Aristotle, I think he makes a really valid point about the importance of continued learning.

Continued growing is what I call it.

And, of course, life brings these opportunities naturally via becoming a parent, say, where the lessons don't come from a book.

There is always something more to learn, to understand, there really is. And when you learn more, you understand more, you develop new skills, you grow and experience the fuller potential of life...

Sneaky plug: If you're interested in working for yourself AND continuing to learn then you really could do a LOT worse than check out the Site Build It! website. (Site Build It! or SBI, is the software solution behind SelfHelpCollective.com, by the way.)

As for the anonymous smoker, and their thoughts on quitting smoking, they seem spoken like a person that truly understands the power of addiction, and the lack of self-love that can often be the cause of it in the first place.

It's hard to change any habitual behaviour.

For anybody.

Whether we are addicted to smoking, or drugs or drink or even drama - the drama in our life that we despise so much, but that we still cannot let go of.

Love yourself. Does that help? Love somebody else, then?

You - can - change - these - habits.

And so - can - I!


That's what I say, anyway, about making new year's resolutions, about new year inspirational quotes. How about you?

What new year resolutions are you going to make? What inspirational quotes are you going to use to encourage you to stick to them?

Yep, as ever, I'd love to hear your wisdom, your thoughts! :-)

Thanks for reading,

PS And here are three more new year inspirational quotes

"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."
-- Hal Borland

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."
-- Benjamin Franklin

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."
-- Bill Vaughn

PPS Now please comment, please have your say - thanks.

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Dec 11, 2010
New Years Resolution or Each Moment is the beginning..
by: sandra

In this moment I've continued to write my thoughts in a journal and I was reminded me to look over some of my old journals. And I found many similar thoughts and ideas which I've been exploring at some stage for months.

So I've decided ,this moment, I would continue to capture what ever is floating in my mind and to continue this practice of periodic review and how my life has changed over a given period.

I'm also committed, now, to doing one thing each day towards whatever goal I have for the moment. I gave up setting real structured goals and have decided to go with the flow to some degree.

Another thing I've discovered is the effectiveness of diagrams, vision boards or mindmaps of your life. At the suggestion of a friend, I did 3 mindmaps: 1) of the things I like 2) of the things I that "bother" me 3) and about my life history. It was interesting to see this reflection of me on paper from an objective stance. I've kept these mindmaps and they have given me inspiration for ideas and creative ideas.

Another thing that occured to me,is that if we take some time and look at our life , certain themes will emerge. Many aspects of your life will be reflected giving you an overview of your broader interests, goals and objectives.

This is what many personal coaches do.

They come up with exercises to help you tap into your nature and coordinate different parts of your life so they flow. For example, let's say self help is your passion. Well you could plan vacation/work trips to places where the origins of philosophy/psychology started related to self help. You could explore the life path of a great thinker and write about him in depth, publish a book, give seminars, design items. An example of this is when Wayne Dyer focused for a whole year on Lao Tse and then wrote his thoughts about the Tao te Ching. That book was great!

Anyway interested in or how others coordinate and live a harmonious life.

Thanks for allowing me to write my thoughts and ideas on this forum.

Dec 14, 2011
Forming new habits...
by: Archan Mehta

I want to wake up earlier in the morning. Thats the best time to get work done. Sleeping in is a bad habit I want to break.

I also want to engage with creative writing. Whenever an idea strikes, I want to write it down. I also want to share it with the world.

Cultivating a diversity of interests and pursuing hobbies also keeps me young.
I want more of that in my life. I want to continually update my skills.

I want to learn wholistically, that is, engage body, mind and spirit. I want to feel like a whole person again. This is the way to do it.

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