Year 2017 is over. Everyone welcomed the Year 2018 in the delightful way. Like so many years, one more year is gone. Some of the goals were achieved and some of the dreams were fulfilled in the previous year. At the same time, for the goals and dreams that remained under achieved, everyone is hopeful to follow them in the New Year. Here I want to ask you one simple question – Is just being hopeful for achieving dreams and goals is sufficient?

Hopes definitely play an important role. As Marin Luther King Jr. said – “We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.” Hope keeps us positive about the future situations. However, to move into a certain direction, apart from being hopeful, one must take positive actions in that direction. So let us start the Year 2018 with defining a certain direction. For that ask yourself one more question: – ‘Where do you want to go in your life in Year 2018?’

If you wish to manage your life, it is vital to effectively manage your mind. You will be able to manage your mind by becoming aware of your thoughts and then consciously controlling them. You must ensure that every thought that enters your mind is useful and positive. Every positive thought will bring you one step closer to your goals or dreams.

We think millions of thoughts every day. Our actions follow our thoughts. As Robin Sharma, the renowned writer and author says – “Everything is created twice, once in your mind and then in reality.” So how do we follow this?

I give you five simple steps:

Have a mission statement a vision statement

A mission statement defines our objective and A Vision Statement defines our future position. So, take a pen and paper and write down, what you want to do and where you want to be at the end of Year 2018. Always use positive and realistic words to write your mission and vision statements.

Be aware of your thoughts

To be able to take control of your mind, it is important to become aware of your current thinking pattern. Which are the types of thoughts you most often think? Are those in line with your mission and vision? Will those bring you closer to your dreams? If the answer is No, then stop wasting your energy on such redundant thoughts. Let the unnecessary tasks take the backseat. Remember, more you waste time on unnecessary thoughts, more you are away from achieving your dreams.

Take charge of your mind

Once you are aware about your current thinking pattern, choose your thoughts carefully and direct all your thoughts in the direction of your dreams. Take charge of your daily lives and give priority to those tasks which are in line with your mission and vision. Put all your energy in doing only useful activities.

Manage you time

Importance of effective time management can never be overlooked. Most of the times we engage ourselves in activities that make us happy but don’t help us in achieving our dreams. Identify such activities and stop doing them. Time is the most priceless commodity that we have. We all get same 24 hours each day, but our ability to function efficiently depends on our ability to manage our time. Better time management helps us to live stress-free.

Allot time for recreation

Appreciate your efforts when you reach small milestones in your journey towards your goals. Do the things that make your happy and give a dose of new energy. Reserve some of your time for fun and enjoyment. It will help you to live a balanced life. As Daniel Goleman says – “A relaxed mind is a productive mind”.

Think deeply about what you want in your life. When you have identified your life’s mission and vision and all of your thoughts are in the direction of your dreams and goals, you will truly tap your inner power and make your life more meaningful. Quality of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. Have faith in your capabilities and be confident about achieving your goals. If you doubt your abilities, you will not have enough motivation to face the challenges.

I hope this will help you take charge of your life in Year 2018.

Wishing all of you a happy, prosperous, joyous and successful year ahead! May this year bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations in your life! Wishing you a year fully loaded with happiness!

Happy New Year!

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