Ditch the Resolution and Go with a Motto

Ah, we made it to the first weekend of 2016! Are you exhausted from the holidays, or feeling renewed with the changing of the calendar?

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I’m a little bit of both, but mostly, I’m welcoming 2016 with open arms. 2015 was unbelievably busy, and I like the comfort implied in the even-numbered years. Quite a few things are already on my 2016 calendar that I’m excited about. I have two books coming out in less than two weeks, plans for more, conferences to attend with writer friends, and my own list of books by other authors that I’m looking forward to reading. (Including Lee Child’s upcoming 2016 novel, Night School!)

Even though I know good things are on the horizon for this year, I like to reign in my optimism when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.

New Years Resolution Humor

So, I have an idea. Instead of a resolution, let’s go with a motto.

Mine has worked well in the past, so I’m going to stick with it: Caffeinate and Carry On!

Here are some other mottos to inspire you as you create your own:

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

“When there’s only one choice, it’s the right choice.” – Kim Otto

“Protect and serve. Never off duty.” – Jack Reacher

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” – Dr. Seuss

Do you have a motto? I like “Caffeinate and Carry On” because it provides a specific course of action and reminds me to keep moving forward. Plus, it gives me an excuse to drink more coffee 🙂

In fact, I love the saying to much, I had mugs made featuring the motto!

Caffeinate and Carry on Mug

If these mugs inspire you, too, they’re available for sale here: http://www.cafepress.com/dianecaprigear.1697688287

Do any of these mottos speak to you? Do you have your own motto? Press the “comment” button below and let me know!

Meanwhile —

Caffeinate and Carry On!

Diane Capri

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8 Responses to Ditch the Resolution and Go with a Motto

  1. Pamita January 2, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    Yes, these mottos have helped me through a lot in my life.

    All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

    When you want something very badly, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

    We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body. – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

    I have had many dreams in my life and I am happy to say that I was able to achieve them all because of many of such mottos. I continue to take inspiration from them since I have big plans for 2016.

    • Diane January 2, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

      All very inspirational! Thanks for sharing, Pamita. Happy New Year 🙂

  2. Sue January 2, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

    I can’t take credit for inventing this motto. I first heard it during a T.O.P.S (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meeting and it seems to work for me when I get in a rut.

    If you always do what you’ve always done
    Then you’ll always get what you always got.

    I reminds me to look outside of the box when my usual fixes don’t work.

    • Diane January 2, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

      That makes a lot of sense! Very practical. Thanks for sharing the words of wisdom, Sue.

  3. Pat January 3, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

  4. Natalie Anne Lanoville January 4, 2016 at 2:31 am #

    My life motto is, “If they grind me down, my dust will be dangerous.” It’s the retort to the famous motto, “Don’t let the b*ds grind you down.”

    One year my year motto was, “There’s more where that came from.”

    I don’t have a motto for this year yet, but I’m leaning towards something to do with boldness, self-expression, or ‘yes’.

    • Natalie Anne Lanoville January 6, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

      I actually ended up going with, “I’m better than that.” And it’s already changing my life! Thanks for the noodge.

  5. Julie Stafford January 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

    My life’s and yearly motto has been the same for many years. It it I cried because” I had no shoes until I met the man who had no feet”. This has helped me through good and bad times. In fact it really is our family motto now.

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