2020 is coming to an end. No matter where you live in the world, this year certainly challenged some of your habits and possibly some of your beliefs. Though the year has been challenging, I’m appreciative of the many lessons and realizations 2020 has brought.

For the past few years, people have been very vocal about 2020 vision. Though the year was not what most of us expected, I believe that 2020 served its purpose. Through trials and tribulations, it reinforced what was important, disturbed the status quo, and offered new opportunities.

If we take the time to look at how much we’ve experienced, all the challenges we’ve overcome and the lessons that losses taught us, I think we will realize that 2020 was not all bad.

I hope you grew exponentially over the past year and discovered new skills, talents, and opportunities. I hope you consider these blessings and carry those with you through the next year.

I have picked a few quotes that I plan to revisit throughout 2021 as I face new obstacles. I hope these quotes are useful to you, whether it is to motivate you, comfort you, or challenge you to make the best of 2021.

Quotes about Overcoming Adversity and Fear

  • “Loss can diminish us, but it can also expand us. It depends on the choices we make and the grace we receive. Loss can function as a catalyst to transform us.” Jerry Sittser
  • “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” Joshua Marine
  • “You are not supposed to be happy all the time. Life hurts and it’s hard. Not because you’re doing it wrong, but because it hurts for everybody. Don’t avoid the pain. You need it. It’s meant for you. Be still with it, let it come, let it go, let it leave you with the fuel you’ll burn to get your work done on this Earth.” Glennon Doyle
  • “Our greater weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.”  Thomas Edison
  • “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear” George Addair
  • “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”  Maya Angelou
  • “There will be times when standing alone feels too hard, too scary, and we’ll doubt our ability to make our way through the uncertainty. Someone, somewhere, will say, ‘Don’t do it. You don’t have what it takes to survive the wilderness.’ This is when you reach deep into your wild heart and remind yourself, ‘I am the wilderness.” BrenéBrown
  • “If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t walk run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means keep moving.” Martin Luther King Jr
  • “Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” Jack Ma

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   Quotes about Gratitude

  • “If you haven’t all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don’t have that you wouldn’t want.”  Unknown
  • “It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” David Steindl-Rast
  • “You will never have enough, do enough or be enough, until you see yourself today as enough.” Cindy Keating
  • “We will never be able to recognize opportunities if we first don’t recognize all that we have and all that we’ve been given.” — Joel Osteen

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Mindset and Motivation Quotes

  • “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.”  Audrey Hepburn
  • “You don’t become what you want; you become what you believe.”
     Oprah Winfrey
  • “Instead of trying to build a brick wall, lay a brick every day. Eventually, you’ll look up and you’ll have a brick wall.” Nipsey Hussle
  • “I believe everyone in the world is born with genius-level talent. Apply yourself to whatever you are genius at, and you can do anything in the world.” Jay-Z
  • “Action without thought is empty. Thought without action is blind.” Kwame Nkrumah
  • “If plan A fails, remember there are 25 more letters.” Chris Guillebeau
  • “Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” Madam C.J. Walker
  • “Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” W.E.B. Du Bois
  • “Life is found in the dance between your deepest desire and your greatest fear.” Tony Robbins
  • “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  Wayne Gretzky
  • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle

Personal Growth Quotes

  • “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”  Robert Louis Stevenson
  • ” Turn your wounds into wisdom “ Oprah Winfrey
  • “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” Eckhart Tolle
  • “For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” Michele Obama
  • “Growth requires movement. And often, the only way forward is through an exit door.” Alicia Keys
  • Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.   Maya Angelou
  • “All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.”

    Quotes about Designing Your Life

  • “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality” Malala Yousafzai
  • “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Everybody has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself.” Oprah Winfrey
  • “The true cost of following your dreams isn’t what you sacrifice when you chase them; it’s what you lose when you don’t.” Simon S. Tam
  • Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgments of others. Oprah Winfrey
  • “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Quotes about the Company You Keep

  • “If you look at the people in your circle and you don’t get inspired, you don’t have a circle, you have a cage.” Nipsey Hussle
  • “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain
  • “Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” Oprah Winfrey

    Quotes about Wealth

  • “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” Bob Marley
  • “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” Jonathan Swift
  • “The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” Anonymous
  • “Wealth is the progressive realization of worthy goals, the ability to love and have compassion, meaningful and caring relationships.” Deepak Chopra
  • ” Put me anywhere on God’s green earth, I’ll triple my worth” Jay-Z
  • “I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for ten years.” Warren Buffett


Quotes about giving

  • “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” Albert Einstein
  • “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” Maya Angelou
  • “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank
  • “We rise by lifting others.” Robert Ingersoll
  • “At the end it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” Denzel Washington