Year after year, we keep rushing towards the future, while the present passes by unnoticed. While some people try to make their dreams come true so hard that they forget to live their lives, others think that there’s still time, so they keep dreaming.

If you’re any of those people, don’t let 2018 become just another missed year in your life. Instead of making plans without any effort to achieve them, or focusing solely on realizing your plans without really enjoying the fruits of your labor, this year, you should focus on yourself. Your happiness, your self-satisfaction, your well-being. Whether you’re striving for professional success or personal growth, you should start your journey prepared.

It All Starts With a Dream


“I have a dream,” Martin Luther King Jr. said, and his dream became the world’s goal.

People around the globe are fighting to make one man’s dream come true, and each day, it becomes more real. Thus, it’s time that you ask yourself what your dream is. What is your vision for your better future? What do you want to achieve in your life? Only when you answer these questions can you start working on realizing your dream.

The story that it all starts with a vision or a dream is a story many times told. However, this doesn’t make it any less true. In fact, if this were some empty expression, it would have been forgotten by now.

Try to visualize your future to gain a better image of what makes you happy. Once you have your vision for the future, you can come up with a specific plan to make it your reality.

Walking the Path


Attaining success doesn’t happen overnight. You need to make a series of steps to reach your destination and make sure that they are leading you in the right direction.

Whether you’re preparing for an academic year, a new career or marriage, the key lies in taking one step at a time. Even the smallest changes and improvements can bring you closer to your goal. However, there’s no need to rush your life through. By taking it slow, not only will you be able to make the right decisions, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the process. After all, as Emerson once said, “life is a journey, not a destination.”

Balance is Key


Whatever you do in life, you need to aim for balance. Focusing solely on a single goal can make you oblivious to other experiences in life. Furthermore, balance in life is crucial for one’s well-being.

Achieving such balance often entails establishing a connection between your body and mind. The mind and body are intricately and closely connected, so you need to take care of both if you want to be happy, healthy and fulfilled.

A simple way to achieve this is to take up practicing mindfulness. You can become more aware of yourself and the world around you. Mindfulness can help you get in touch with your inner self, your body, and your mind. Finally, it can help you lead a balanced life free of unnecessary stress and overreactions.

Transience As a Constant 


Impermanence and fluidity are the only constants in life. Everything changes, develops, grows and fades away. The unpredictability of life is what makes it interesting and exciting. However, it also makes it terrifying because you can never know what awaits you. Therefore, you shouldn’t become too attached to your vision of the future. Sometimes, even when you do your best, life decides to take you on another journey.

Embrace impermanence and fluidity. This way, even when life doesn’t go the way you planned it, you won’t be afraid to start over. This year may turn out to be completely different from what you’ve expected. Your achievements may be temporary, and you may come across some unexpected challenges and obstacles. However, as long as you remember that even the time of difficulty will pass, you’ll be able to stay positive.

As Buddha once said, “all conditioned things are impermanent – when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.”

Personal Development is the Best Investment


All the knowledge in the world is unfathomable, which means that there’s always something new you can learn. Expanding your knowledge and working on yourself is the best investment you can make.

Always seek opportunities for personal development. For example, if you’re going to graduate soon, you should explore different options for paid internships that can help you gain experience in your area of expertise. If you’re planning to change your profession and start your career from scratch, these internships or different courses can expand your knowledge and increase your chances of success. You can learn a new language or acquire new skills. Even reading for leisure will enrich your life, so keep working on yourself.

Organisation for Harmony


“A cluttered home means a cluttered mind” is just one of the variations of an expression that promotes organization in life. From decluttering your home and desk to organizing your books, files and mail, embracing organization will help you be more productive and motivated.

Without unnecessary distractions, you’ll be able to focus on achieving your goals. And there’s plenty of ways to embrace a more organized lifestyle. You can create a home office that will motivate you to work, write your plans in a diary, come up with an organization plan or write to-do lists. These are all practical steps that can help you defeat the chaos in your life and put you on the road to success.

The year 2018 should be the year you focus on yourself and your personal development, and the first thing you need to do is come up with a dream that will become your reality.

Isabel F. William

Body&Mind Balance Consultant. Lover of literature and philosophy, runner, and Tai Chi master. She believes that sometimes it is just enough to enjoy a really good book, smooth jazz and a cup of coffee to travel somewhere else. Connect with Isabel on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.