13 Motivational quotes to kickstart new beginnings

Are you ready for the new beginnings? What does it mean to start over?

While we’re on the subject of new beginnings, let’s talk about the endings.

Let me tell you a Zen story that I read few years back. And, yes,we still need stories that provides us meaning of life, inspire and motivate us to embark on a new journey. This story teaches us that life is ever-changing and it’s not permanent.

 

The Crystal Cup

A Zen Master was gifted a beautiful crystal cup by his disciple. He loved the glass as it glistened in the sun. One day some visitors came to the master and asked, “How can you be happy in this world of impermanence?”

The master replied, “One of my disciples gifted me this crystal glass. I enjoy drinking water in this glass. I touch it and it rings!” 

Master took a deep breath and continued, ” One day the wind may blow it off the shelf or it can topple from the table. And I say, ‘Ah. Yes!’ When I understand that the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious.”

The master is aware that material things will break one day but the experience lasts forever. With every ending, there is a new beginning.

A glass will eventually break!

The essence of this story is that nothing is permanent. Everything and everyone comes with an expiry date. Like our good days, bad days also have an expiry date. The wisdom you gain from your experience lays the foundation of the new beginning. 

The only thing permanent is the change!

The question is – how often are we ready to embrace the changes? What makes us anxious even though we know the outcome?

Here are some quotes to motivate you for the new beginnings:

Life is about change

Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, but most of the time it’s both. — Kristin Kreuk

 


“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” — Sigmund Freud

 

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” — Gail Sheehy

 

“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” —Guy Finley

 

“The beginning is always today.” —Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —George Eliot

 


“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi

 

“Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.”-Ralph Blum

 

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”-  C.S. Lewis

 

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” —Seneca

 

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” — Alan Watts

 

“You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” — Dr. Seuss

 


“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose — not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.”- Anne Sullivan 

Endings are powerful. It gives you an option to start over. Stay focused. “And a healthy mind — calmer, clearer, and contented — is less prone to being emotionally reactive during the highs and lows, and the successes and setbacks.”- Headspace

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Do share your favorite quote.

Lots of Love

xoxo

Kickstart new beginnings

80 thoughts on “13 Motivational quotes to kickstart new beginnings

  1. These are such awesome quotes! I love the Zen story too and agree 100% with it. Nothing is permanent. In my case, this often keeps me from living life to the fullest though, as I’m convinced my happiness isn’t permanent either. However, you say quite poignantly that pain isn’t permanent either.

    1. I think our outlook is the key for a content and happy life. It’s your decision so I am sure it’s good for you. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  2. Truly a good source of encouragement. Whether one is commencing a new chapter or just want to shift the current flow and get a fresh perspective, it’s great to have something to take inspiration from.

  3. I like this qoute: “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” Change is part of life. Each one of us should go certain changes. Changes make life meaningful.

  4. There are mountain loads of quotes for new beginnings but you have chosen just 13! That’s amazing however the best one for me is this: “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” — Sigmund Freud

    1. I completely agree there are mountain loads of quotes for new beginnings but these 13 quotes were super inspiring for me. I picked the ones I loved… 🙂

  5. I love that one by Sigmun Freud!! These are wonderful reminders and quotes I’ve not come across before. Thank you for sharing!

  6. I like these motivational quotes. Indeed, life is not all beautiful and painful. Life is more interesting because of the combination of both.

  7. Great quotes. Love this one especially…Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, but most of the time it’s both.

    The bottom line for me it is all in how you deal with the cards you are dealt in life

  8. I seriously enjoyed your beautiful post here and appreciate your sharing as these words are so needed at this point in my life. I especially loved the quite here: “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” — Sigmund Freud Seriously beautiful and I appreciate your sharing this post 🙂

  9. I love “Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose — not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.”- Anne Sullivan

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