Who Will You Become in 2018?

by Blair Evan Ball on January 3, 2018

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Did 2017 fly by?

Do you find the time going faster and faster?

There are 362 days and 8,688 hrs. left in 2018.

According to a recent study by IBM we process more information in one year than our forefathers did in their lifetime. Even younger kids I talk to say that it’s going very fast.

So what are you doing with your time? How are you maximizing it? Who are you becoming?

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are.”

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More people are becoming successful today at a faster rate than at any other time in history.

You can be, have, and do more than you have ever imagined. What do you want to accomplish in 2018? Who will you be in 2018?

If you want things to change for you, then you must change first.

One key to success is for you to know exactly what you want. Write it down, and work on it every day.


Without a plan, you are a wandering generality. You are like a person trying to assemble a jigsaw puzzle without a picture.

Almost any system is better than no system. You’ve got to plan and discipline yourself to stay at it until you get the results you want.

Virtually anything you could ever want to be, do or have is amenable to learning and hard work. But you have to have a plan and you have to work your plan.

You are born into this world with no instruction manual. You are born with an amazing God given brain, the complexities and possibilities are so amazing and vast that we cannot yet comprehend them. This marvelous, three-pound organ of yours contains as many as 100 billion cells and processes 100 million bits of information per hour.

Properly used, your incredible brain can take you from rags to riches, from loneliness to popularity, from sickness to radiant health, and from depression to happiness and joy — if you learn how to use it properly.


Life is hard; it always has been and it always will be.

Everything that happens to you is determined by what you think and the way you think about it.

You are affected by what you do, say, hear, read, watch, listen to and especially by the people you associate with and the conversations you participate in. Thoughts trigger additional thoughts, which trigger images and emotions, which lead to behavior, which controls your life.

Your main job is to take complete control of your life, your thoughts, your emotions, and your future.

What will you read each day? Will it be positive and uplifting?


Will you be drawn into the negatives of Social Media posts or will you rise above it? Your choice.


Says that you feel positive about yourself to the degree to which you feel you are in control of your own life.

When asked to articulate the most important thing to achieve in life, the overwhelming response is simply to grow. The more we grow the more we have ‘peace of mind’. Self-esteem and self-worth are two of the most important factors in achieving peace of mind and in leading a happy and successful life. Individuals, who have high levels of self-esteem and self-worth, live their lives in accordance with the Law of Control.

Are you going to be in control in 2018? Or is some else going to control your life?

This law says that you feel negative about yourself to the degree to which you feel “out of control” or not in control of your life for any reason.

Individuals who live by the Law of Control are proactive.

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They create their own circumstances and accept personal responsibility for each and every situation – good or bad. These individuals never accept that they are the victims of something that someone else has done, or treated them. These people are internally directed.

In other words, their decisions are their own, based on their specific value set and core beliefs.

Because they make decisions based on their core beliefs and values, they never blame, explain or complain. These activities are a waste of precious energy, so rather than fall into the trap of the “blame game”, they just set about changing whatever it is they don’t like.

These folks always know that they have choices, which is the key to being in control!

We all have the ability to make our own choices, whether we know it or not!

The truly sad thing is that the majority of people do not live by the Law of Control. They relinquish control of their lives to outside forces. This could be spouses, partners, churches, governments, children, circumstances, social media etc. They do not live life. Life is simply something that happens to them. They are victims of circumstance!

Do you live by the Law of Control?

To determine the answer, simply ask yourself these three questions, and be brutally honest with yourself in your response:

  1. Do I make things happen, or do things just happen to me?
  2. Do I make decisions that are right for me because that’s what I want, or do I make decisions that are aimed at pleasing, accepted or expected by others, or because that’s what is expected of me?
  3. Do I feel stress or do I feel trapped as the result of demands that others are placing on me?

 Your responses will be a clear indication as to whether you live by the Law of Control or by its inverse, the Law of Accident.

If you want to be happy, successful, manage your life and have peace of mind, then take control of your life. Determine your own set of values and core beliefs and then live by them.

Accept personal responsibility for everything that has happened, or that will happen in your life.

If there is something that you don’t like or that is causing you grief, or is uncomfortable for you, change it! Get out of the victim mode and above all, never forget that you always have choices.


Says that everything happens for a reason. For every effect there is a specific cause or causes.

You can have anything you want in life if you just find out how other people have achieved it, and then do the same things, over and over, until you achieve it as well.

Thoughts are causes and conditions are effects. You become what you think about, most of the time.

“Any life situation can be changed by altering our perspective”.

Your thoughts, behaviors and actions create specific effects that manifest and create your life as you know it. If you are not happy with the effects you have created, then you must change the causes that created them in the first place…

Change your actions, and you change your life… Transform your thoughts, and you will create a brand new destiny.


Says that whatever you believe, with feeling becomes your reality.

  • If you have negative beliefs about yourself, you will get negative results.
  • If you have positive beliefs about yourself and your potential you will see the world in a positive way and get positive results.

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The universal law of belief states that we do not believe what we see, we rather see what we have already decided to believe.

Unfortunately life doesn’t give us what we want, but rather what we intend with feeling — whether that intention lies at a conscious or unconscious level of awareness.

Self-Limiting Beliefs

Self-limiting beliefs are simply beliefs that you have about yourself, others, circumstances and the world around you that limit your life in some way. In most instances these beliefs are just interpretations you have made about reality that work against the goals and objectives you desire to achieve.

Our self-limiting beliefs make up the fundamental flaws of our psychology. They limit our opportunities, behaviors and actions in so many ways at an unconscious level of awareness, that it is frightening to think about the possible long-term impact they are having upon our lives.

Your self-limiting beliefs undermine your ability to grow as a psychologically healthy human being. They essentially paralyze your ability to think effectively, to make sensible decisions and to take proactive actions. If you are finding yourself fighting through procrastination, stress, worry, anxiety or fear, then these are sure signs that your self-limiting beliefs are controlling your life’s reality and ultimate destiny.

Your self-limiting beliefs will hold you back from living the life you desire to experience, and will dramatically limit your potential as a human being in so many ways that it is very difficult to fathom the true extent of their impact on your life.

Your self-limiting beliefs consistently encourage the development fear, self-doubt and lead to patterns of emotional self-sabotage.

Are my current belief patterns working for me or against me?

What to DO

Do reject your limiting beliefs by no longer accepting the control that they have over your life.

Do believe with feeling. Your feelings and emotions will give life to your beliefs. Therefore cultivate your empowering beliefs by sprinkling them with intense feeling and you will progressively transform these beliefs into unshakable convictions that will move you towards the attainment of your goals and objectives.

Do model the beliefs of successful people. They have attained their current level of success because of the beliefs that are driving and dictating their patterns of behavior. Your objective is to find out what drives these people, what beliefs and convictions they cultivate within their psyche, and model these patterns within your own mind.

Do challenge the self-limiting beliefs that are currently holding you back from the life you want to experience. Simply begin by questioning their validity and existence, and make a resolution that you will no longer accept them in your life.

Do develop your natural talents and abilities by involving yourself in activities that will help instill new empowering belief patterns within your psyche. These new belief patterns will spread like wildfire and affect all other aspects of your life.


In every case and situation, control over your life begins with your thoughts, the only thing over which you have complete control. How you think and approach any situation determines how you feel, and your feeling determine your behavior and destiny.

  • Self-Discipline
  • Self-Mastery
  • Self-Control

All begin with you taking control of your thoughts. What are your feeding your mind?

No person or situation can make you feel anything, it is only the way you think and act about a situation that makes you feel the way you do. You can control the way you think.

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

There are basically two ways you can get control of any situation that is causing your unhappiness and frustration.

  1. Take action. You can move forward and do something to change it. You can assert yourself in the situation and make it different somehow.
  2. You can simply walk away. You can often gain control by letting go of a person or situation and getting busy doing something positive, and uplifting.

Examine the various areas of your life with a mental checklist and decide where you feel positive and in control, and where you don’t. Then begin thinking of specific things and actions you can take to get control back in those areas of your life that are causing stress.

One of your major responsibilities is to get and keep your life under control. This sense of control becomes your foundation for building greater success and happiness in the future. Make sure it’s rock solid in 2018 and beyond!

Sow a thought and you reap an act;

Sow an act and you reap a habit;

Sow a habit and you reap a character;

Sow a character and you reap a destiny!

About Blair

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Blair Evan Ball is a Social Media Coach and founder of Prepare1, a company that works with businesses, individuals and non-profits. He is a former executive with a Fortune 50 company, and his national division did $1Billion+ in sales annually.

Blair has written three e-books: Facebook for Business Made Easy, Facebook Pages for Business Made Easy, and WordPress Blog Setup Made Easy.

Blair also educates, trains entrepreneurs and business professionals how to amplify their brand, increase revenues, and raise more funds.

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