5 Quotes for the First Monday of the Year

Because we can all use some inspiration every now and then, and especially today.

Justin Norman
Jan 7 · 2 min read
Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

It’s the first Monday of January. Of a new year.

How are we feeling? Inspired? Dreadful? Somewhere in between?

Whether 2018 let us down, met our expectations, or exceeded them, it’s our duty to try and make 2019 even better than last year.

Here are 5 quotes to help us start the year off right —

People romanticize their plans but dread the execution. The magic you’re looking for is in the work you’re avoiding.

You’ve got big plans for 2019, but they require that you show up, and do the work. Whatever your goals are, start early and often, and don’t stop.

We should reward people, not ridicule them, for thinking the impossible.

2019 is as good a year as any to dream big and go after audacious goals. Support those who share the same sentiment.

If you think too much about the ass-kicking your mom gave you, or the ass-kicking that life gave you, you’ll stop pushing the boundaries and breaking the rules.

- Trevor Noah

Doing the hard, long work isn’t easy — in fact, it may feel painful. Trevor attributes his success to a quality his mom passed down to him — her ability to forget the pain in her life.

Constantly forget about how the ass-kicking feels, and push the boundaries.

Do not consider painful what is good for you.

— Euripides

To that end, the work may feel painful, but it should not be considered painful.

Life isn’t meant to be figured out. It is meant to be lived.

Perhaps the most important reminder of all.

Go out there and make it happen!


Thanks, as always, for reading — today was Day 19 of my 30-Day Blogging Challenge.

See you tomorrow✌️.

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Lifelong learner (& unlearner), American expat in Johannesburg, writing about my intellectual & cultural journey, shipping my work @ justnorm.com

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