2018 is here and upon us.

The holiday season is over, along with the festivities and fireworks. Upon our return to normal daily functions, we bring with us valuable insights, experiences, and lessons learned from 2017. We brim with hope that good fortune awaits us in the new year.

Every new year presents its own set of challenges and opportunities. Families will be hard-pressed to financially recover from the expensive celebrations brought about by the Holiday Season. Both students and teachers will gear up for tightly-scheduled examinations, given the delays prompted by prolonged class suspensions. Companies will immediately buckle down to business in order to drive in the profits, given the challenging economic times. Each of these institutions will have their fair share of ups and downs throughout the year.

Every new year also affords people with the opportunity to either bounce back from a not-so-good year, or build from the gains made during the previous year. Winners will set new goals and milestones to be achieved. Meanwhile, losers will use their frustrations to fuel them towards success. The circles of life move fast. Today’s winners may be tomorrow’s losers, and today’s losers may turn out to be tomorrow’s winners.

Every new year also serves as a chance for friendships to be rekindled, and for new relationships to blossom. Given the evolution of social interaction today due to modern technology, people are provided with more platforms for communication. As such, connecting and reconnecting with people have become easier.

Everyone is given a fresh start to make things either right or wrong every new year. The difference, however, lies with how we make of it. Thus, having the right mindset becomes critical as we begin the new year.

Goal setting is a more palatable first step than coming up with lofty and often unrealistic New Year’s Resolutions. Time-bound goals provide us with the flexibility to adjust midstream. Unlike New Year’s Resolutions, setting goals gives us some allowance for small mistakes and errors.

Planning is equally imperative in coursing the road to success. It involves allotting days or hours for work, exercise, church/worship, family time, and self-pampering. While achieving work-life balance may be difficult for some, stress and depression are more difficult to deal with. At the end of the day, a good worker will be measured by his/her productivity, not at how long he/she stays in the office.

Most importantly, maintaining a balanced life is the most critical element of success. Success is not one dimensional. Money and fame are not the sole success determinants. Success is about finding an equilibrium in the different aspects of life. Having adequate amount of time and care for one’s self, family, partner, and friends make up a big chunk of the success equation.

As we turn in another calendar, let us put into mind that tarot cards and horoscopic stars do not shape our resolve as human beings. Our discipline and commitment for a balanced life remain the most essential virtues we must possess in our journey towards a successful year.

Happy 2018 Everyone!



About the Author
Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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