Now that Christmas is over, people are looking ahead and setting goals for the new year. Career goals, financial goals, self-improvement goals. They all require strategic planning and effort. But no successful pursuit of a goal can be achieved without a good mindset.

Just like a fruitful garden requires sunlight, water and rich soil, the mind has to be primed and ready to achieve a goal. In short, mindset is EVERYTHING.

The path to having the right mindset begins with mindfulness – focusing completely on what you’re doing, slowing down, and observing all of the physical and emotional sensations you are experiencing in that moment. And what’s important in the moment, good or bad, is moving through it with positivity.

Let these quotes by African-Americans inspire you in the new year.

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