As we come to the end of the year, it is sometimes hard to keep ourselves motivated. With the idea of New Years’ resolutions coming up, we often weaken in our mindset and goals that we have for ourselves. At times, the only thing we need to do to keep ourselves motivated is find something that resonates with us and helps us identify who we are.If you’re looking to keep strong as we close out the year, check out these quotes that are helping us stay motivated!“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” –Michelle ObamaAt one point in our lives, we’re bound to hear negative things about ourselves. Often times, these negative statements can often outweigh the positive comments others have said about us. If Michelle Obama doesn’t worry about the hateful things people say about her, why should you? Why should you allow someone’s hate to outweigh all the positivity and love that you’re receiving from everyone else? The easy answer is that you shouldn’t.“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do the so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” –Maya AngelouIf you’re feeling pressured to follow a certain career path, remember that it is your life. The pressure might be coming from your family, peers, or even society. Even with this pressure, what is better than having a job you love? As you build your career, you’ll soon learn and realize that it consumes most of your time and energy, so why not dedicate it all to something you love?“Failure is a great teacher and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.” –Alice WalkerThe one thing to know about success is that it is seldom achieved without failure. If you’re at a breaking point, know that it is not uncommon. Failure isn’t a distinct sign of weakness. You’ll truly know your strength once you have been able to take your failures, learn from them, and then use them as the foundation to achieving success.“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” –Alice WalkerOne of your goals at all times in your life should be to be happy. Although there might be factors hindering this process, you should always work towards happiness. Often times with success comes envy from people you may or may not know. Their happiness or unhappiness for you shouldn’t affect your own. As long as you are truly content with yourself and what you have, that is all that should matter.“I’m very proud to be black, but black is not all I am. That’s my cultural historical background, my genetic makeup, but it’s not all of who I am nor is it the basis from which I answer every question.” –Denzel WashingtonIn this time of racial tension, many start to question what it means to be black. Often times, people are criticized for being too black or not being black enough. This comes full circle to the previous quote by Alice Walker. There is no level or degree of “blackness” that is correct or acceptable. It is about being happy about yourself and with yourself. Regardless of what you identify as, it is not all you are and you should never let anyone tell you that it is.“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” –Barack ObamaThe news of this year and the recent years might have left you questioning what is going on in the world. We often look to others for ideas of change, but the change can come from within. Many of us are sometimes scared or apprehensive of working on a grand-scale, but it can start small with speaking up for what we believe and against injustices.“Dreams do come true. If anyone’s proof of that, it’s me.” –Jennifer HudsonThink of the biggest dream you have for yourself. Now can you imagine it happening? As you wrap up 2016, there is one important thing to remember. You need to remember that you might be the only one standing in the way of your dreams. We often tell ourselves no for fear of failing, but you’ve already failed if you haven’t tried. Imagine if Jennifer Hudson had convinced herself to forgo auditioning for American Idol. Would she have landed the role in “Dreamgirls” that led to her winning an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and SAG Award? Probably not.As we say goodbye to another year, make sure you’re not ending 2016 with any regret. Aim for happiness, success, and achieving your dreams!