In the first days of a new year, it’s only natural to feel energized about the goals you want to accomplish. Case in point, just take a look at your local gym in the month of January; like clockwork, they are jam-packed at the start of the year. However, as the days wear on, the number of people actively using their expensive memberships inevitably dwindles.

Setting goals is the easy part, sticking to them is another story! If you’re already feeling your motivation slip, consider these words of wisdom. Here are our favorite quotes to jump-start 2019 from 9 leaders who left us in 2018:

“I do not mistrust the future; I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger.” – George Herbert Walker Bush

“You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory.’ It’s on the seal of the state of New York. Keep moving forward, and if it’s time to go, it’s time. Nothing lasts forever.” – Stan Lee

“No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile.” – Mac Miller

“Money brings some happiness. But after a certain point, it just brings more money.” – Neil Simon

“Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone.” – John McCain

“Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.”- Aretha Franklin

“If you’re as honest and fair as you can be, not only in business but in life, things will work out.” – Kate Spade

“Without imperfection, you or I would not exist.” – Stephen Hawking

“Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.” – Anthony Bourdain

Do you have any other favorite quotes to share as inspiration for those committing to new goals in 2019? Contribute your thoughts in the comment section below!