A new year is upon us, bringing with it an opportunity to make changes.

Whether physical, spiritual or emotional, many people set goals prior to the end of the year in hopes of improving their lives during the upcoming one. However, some find that it is not always easy to stick to the goals they've set.

Elder Kim B. Clark of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered encouragement for those who feel frustrated. During the most recent general conference in October 2015, he said, "We do not have to be perfect, but we need to be good and getting better."

As you consider the goals you have made or plan to make for 2016, here is a list of motivational quotes from LDS leaders about growth and progression to keep you moving in the right direction.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

"Be wise with what the Lord gives you. It is a trust. ...

"All things sacred and holy are to be revealed and brought together in this last and most wonderful dispensation. With the Restoration of the gospel, the church and the priesthood of Jesus Christ, we hold an almost incomprehensible store of sacred things in our hands. We cannot neglect or let them slip away."

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, "A Sense of the Sacred," June 2006.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"We almost certainly will fail — at least in the short term. But rather than be discouraged, we can be empowered because this understanding removes the pressure of being perfect right now. It acknowledges from the beginning that at one time or another, we may fall short. Knowing this up front takes away much of the surprise and discouragement of failure. ...

"Even though we might fall short of our finish line, just continuing the journey will make us greater than we were before."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Best Time to Plant a Tree," January 2014.

Sister Carol F. McConkie

"None of us is perfect. We have all made mistakes. But we repent so that we may be better and 'retain the name (of Christ) written always in (our) hearts.' When we serve in the name of the Lord, with purity of heart, we reflect the Savior’s love and give others a glimpse of heaven."

Sister Carol F. McConkie, "Here to Serve a Righteous Cause," October 2015.

Elder Richard G. Scott

"Keeping the covenants is not hard when you do it willingly with a 'broken heart and a contrite spirit.' When obeyed, those covenants bring happiness and joy. They give purpose to life. Difficulty comes when agency is used to make choices that are inconsistent with those covenants. Study the things you do in your discretionary time, that time you are free to control. Do you find that it is centered in those things that are of highest priority and of greatest importance? Or do you unconsciously, consistently fill it with trivia and activities that are not of enduring value nor help you accomplish the purpose for which you came to earth? Think of the long view of life, not just what’s going to happen today or tomorrow. Don’t give up what you most want in life for something you think you want now."

Elder Richard G. Scott, "Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer," April 1997.

President Henry B. Eyring

"My encouragement is to help you know that when you do your part, the Lord adds His power to your efforts.

"Any calling we receive in the Lord’s kingdom requires more than our human judgment and our personal powers. Those calls require help from the Lord, which will come. Even the new deacon will learn that is true, and he will go on learning over the years."

President Henry B. Eyring, "You Are Not Alone in the Work," October 2015.

President Thomas S. Monson

"It is necessary to prepare and to plan so that we don’t fritter away our lives. Without a goal, there can be no real success. One of the best definitions of success I have ever heard goes something like this: Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. Someone has said the trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never crossing the goal line."

President Thomas S. Monson, "In Search of Treasure," April 2003.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"When something is over and done with, when it has been repented of as fully as it can be repented of, when life has moved on as it should and a lot of other wonderfully good things have happened since then, it is not right to go back and open up some ancient wound that the Son of God Himself died trying to heal.

"Let people repent. Let people grow. Believe that people can change and improve. Is that faith? Yes! Is that hope? Yes! Is it charity? Yes! Above all, it is charity, the pure love of Christ."

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "'Remember Lot's Wife': Faith Is for the Future," January 2009.

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin

"I invite you to not only love each other more but love each other better. As we do this we will come to know with a surety that 'charity never faileth.'"

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, "Choosing Charity: That Good Part," October 2013.

Elder David A. Bednar

"Each of us already knows we should tell the people we love that we love them. But what we know is not always reflected in what we do. We may feel unsure, awkward or even perhaps a bit embarrassed.

"As disciples of the Savior, we are not merely striving to know more; rather, we need to consistently do more of what we know is right and become better.

"We should remember that saying 'I love you' is only a beginning. We need to say it, we need to mean it, and most importantly we need consistently to show it. We need to both express and demonstrate love."

Elder David A. Bednar, "More Diligent and Concerned at Home," October 2009.

President Lorenzo Snow

"President Lorenzo Snow, the fifth prophet of our dispensation, taught, 'It is our duty to try to be perfect, … to improve each day, and look upon our course last week and do things better this week; do things better today than we did them yesterday.' So the first step to becoming meek is to improve day by day. Each day we need to try to be better than the previous as we move forward through this process."

President Lorenzo Snow as quoted in "Be Meek and Lowly of Heart," October 2013.

Sister Patricia Holland

"We are not going back. We are not going home. The future holds everything for us."

Sister Patricia Holland, "'Remember Lot’s Wife': Faith Is for the Future," January 2009.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"So, as a new year starts and we try to benefit from a proper view of what has gone before, I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone, nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead, we remember that faith is always pointed toward the future. Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives. So a more theological way to talk about Lot’s wife is to say that she did not have faith. She doubted the Lord’s ability to give her something better than she already had. Apparently she thought — fatally, as it turned out — that nothing that lay ahead could possibly be as good as those moments she was leaving behind."

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "'Remember Lot’s Wife': Faith Is for the Future," January 2009.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"At times in my life I have spent sleepless nights grappling with issues, worries or personal sorrows. But no matter how dark the night, I am always encouraged by this thought: in the morning the sun will rise.

"With every new day, a new dawn comes — not only for the earth but also for us. And with a new day comes a new start — a chance to begin again."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Best Time to Plant a Tree," January 2014.

Sister Ann M. Dibb

"The small and simple things you choose to do today will be magnified into great and glorious blessings tomorrow. Living each day as 'an example of the believers' will help you to be happy and more confident."

Sister Ann M. Dibb, "Be Thou an Example of the Believers," April 2009.

Elder Marvin J. Ashton

"True happiness is not made in getting something. True happiness is becoming something. This can be done by being committed to lofty goals. We cannot become something without commitment."

Elder Marvin J. Ashton, "'The Word Is Commitment'," October 1983.

Elder Richard G. Scott

"When you feel that there is only a thin thread of hope, it is really not a thread but a massive connecting link, like a life preserver to strengthen and lift you. It will provide comfort so you can cease to fear. Strive to live worthily and place your trust in the Lord.

"We need not worry if we can’t simultaneously do all of the things that the Lord has counseled us to do. He has spoken of a time and a season for all things. In response to our sincere prayers for guidance, He will direct us in what should be emphasized at each phase of our life. We can learn, grow, and become like Him one consistent step at a time."

Elder Richard G. Scott, "For Peace at Home," April 2013.

President Henry B. Eyring

"Even the acceptance of personal responsibility may not overcome the temptation to believe that now is not the time to repent. 'Now' can seem so difficult, and 'later' appear so much easier. The truth is that today is always a better day to repent than any tomorrow."

President Henry B. Eyring, "Do Not Delay," October 1999.

President Thomas S. Monson

"One day, each of us will run out of tomorrows. Let us not put off what is most important.

"Live in the present.

"Your treasure map is now in place: Learn from the past, prepare for the future, live in the present."

President Thomas S. Monson, "In Search of Treasure," April 2003.

Elder Quentin L. Cook

"As individuals, disciples of Christ, living in a hostile world that is literally in commotion, we can thrive and bloom if we are rooted in our love of the Savior and humbly follow His teachings.

"Our ability to stand firm and true and follow the Savior despite the vicissitudes of life is greatly strengthened by righteous families and Christ-centered unity in our wards and branches."

Elder Quentin L. Cook, "The Lord is My Light," April 2015.

Sister Carole M. Stephens

"Even with all of the mistakes, opposition and learning that accompany our mortal experience, God never loses sight of our eternal potential, even when we do. We can trust Him 'because God wants His children back.' And He has provided a way through the Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ. The Atonement 'is the core of the plan of salvation.'"

Sister Carole M. Stephens, "'If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments'," October 2015.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"You may wonder if it is worth it to take a courageous moral stand in high school or to go on a mission only to have your most cherished beliefs reviled or to strive against much in society that sometimes ridicules a life of religious devotion. Yes, it is worth it, because the alternative is to have our 'houses' left unto us 'desolate' — desolate individuals, desolate families, desolate neighborhoods and desolate nations."

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Cost — and Blessings — of Discipleship," April 2014.

Sister Elaine S. Dalton

"Your vision of your future will help you press forward. Take a few minutes to envision where you want to be in one year or two or five. Then take action to prepare yourselves. People don’t just run a marathon when they decide to do it. They must train daily, slowly building stamina and endurance to run the 26.2-mile distance. So it is with life. It is daily diligence with prayer and scripture study that will help you reach your goals. Your daily decisions will influence generations."

Sister Elaine S. Dalton "Press Forward and Be Steadfast," April 2003.

President Thomas S. Monson

"Experience has taught me that if we, like President Monson, exercise our faith and look to God for help, we will not be overwhelmed with the burdens of life. We will not feel incapable of doing what we are called to do or need to do. We will be strengthened, and our lives will be filled with peace and joy. We will come to realize that most of what we worry about is not of eternal significance — and if it is, the Lord will help us. But we must have the faith to look up and the courage to follow His direction. ...

"I bear testimony that sins are forgiven and burdens are lightened as we look to Christ. 'Let us remember him, … and not hang down our heads,' for, as President Monson said, 'It is better to look up.'"

President Thomas S. Monson as quoted in "It Is Better to Look Up," April 2011.

Elder Kim B. Clark

"We do not have to be perfect, but we need to be good and getting better. We need to strive to live the plain and simple truths of the gospel. If we take upon us the name of Christ, act with faith in Him to repent of our sins, keep His commandments and always remember Him, we will receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost through the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ."

Elder Kim B. Clark "Eyes to See and Ears to Hear," October 2015.

President Russell M. Nelson

"My dear brothers and sisters, each day is a day of decision, and our decisions determine our destiny. One day each of us will stand before the Lord in judgment. We will each have a personal interview with Jesus Christ. We will account for decisions that we made about our bodies, our spiritual attributes and how we honored God’s pattern for marriage and family."

Elder Russell M. Nelson "Decisions for Eternity," October 2013.

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson

"As you keep moving forward, you can stay upright even when outside forces try to pull you down."

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, "Defy Gravity: Go Forward with Faith," August 2014.

President Thomas S. Monson

"It is not enough to want to make the effort and to say we’ll make the effort. We must actually make the effort. It’s in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals. If we constantly put our goals off, we will never see them fulfilled. Someone put it this way: Live only for tomorrow, and you will have a lot of empty yesterdays today."

President Thomas S. Monson as quoted in "A Royal Priesthood," October 2007.

President Gordon B. Hinkley

"We must raise the bar on the worthiness and qualifications of those who go into the world as ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "To Men of the Priesthood," October 2002.

Sister Cheryl A. Esplin

"Strong eternal families and Spirit-filled homes do not just happen. They take great effort, they take time, and they take each member of the family doing his or her part. Every home is different, but every home where even one individual seeks for truth can make a difference."

Sister Cheryl A. Esplin, "Filling Our Homes with Light and Truth," April 2015.

President Thomas S. Monson

"May we begin now, this very day, to express love to all of God’s children, whether they be our family members, our friends, mere acquaintances or total strangers. As we arise each morning, let us determine to respond with love and kindness to whatever might come our way.

"Beyond comprehension, my brothers and sisters, is the love of God for us. Because of this love, He sent His Son, who loved us enough to give His life for us, that we might have eternal life."

President Thomas S. Monson as quoted in "Love — the Essence of the Gospel," May 2014.

President Spencer W. Kimball

"We live by goals. In athletics, we always have a goal. When we go to school, we have the goal of graduation and degrees. Our total existence is goal-oriented. Our most important goal is to bring the gospel to all people. We must convert more people. We must find ways and means.

"Our goal is to achieve eternal life. That is the greatest goal in the world. We are not opposed to goals. We do not want stake and full-time mission presidents to establish quotas for the missionaries. Rather, we expect them to inspire missionaries to set their own goals, and make them high enough to challenge their very best efforts, and work to achieve them."

President Spencer W. Kimball as quoted in "President Kimball’s Vision of Missionary Work," July 1985.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"There is something incredibly hopeful about a fresh start."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Best Time to Plant a Tree," January 2014.

President Henry B. Eyring

"You can treat those moments of inspiration like the seed of faith that Alma described (see Alma 32:28). Plant each one. You can do that by acting on the prompting you felt. The most valuable inspiration will be for you to know what God would have you do."

President Henry B. Eyring, "The Holy Ghost as Your Companion," October 2015.

Elder M. Russell Ballard

"If your goals are righteous, of God-given perspective, eternal in their nature, then go for them. Pray for the inner strength to have the discipline to do those things that will guarantee through your activity and your life that you will reach your goals. Then, I think, perhaps as important as anything, we have to have faith. We have to have faith in God. We have to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And oh, how desperately we have to have faith in ourselves."

Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Go for It!," March 2004.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"I learned in my life that we don’t need to be “more” of anything to start to become the person God intended us to become.

God will take you as you are at this very moment and begin to work with you. All you need is a willing heart, a desire to believe, and trust in the Lord."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "It Works Wonderfully!," October 2015.

Sister Elaine L. Jack

"The new year is before us. It brings the promise of a host of new experiences and challenges, joys and sorrows. These are the building blocks of our souls, for we take back with us to our Father in Heaven only those things that reside inside. The little spider 'launched forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself, ... tirelessly ... till the ... anchor h(e)ld.' Patience of hope in Jesus Christ is like those gossamer threads, strong enough to catch and hold securely and anchor our souls to Jesus Christ and all eternity."

Sister Elaine L. Jack, "'All This Way for That?'," January 1997.