"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now." —Goethe
My Plan 2018 will start with many decisions that I will make from now on, which will result in the outcome—whether as desired or otherwise. What I choose to do now will result in the occurrence of things that would happen in the days to come. My actions will either take me closer toward my dream or further away if not totally derailed.
Now, did Goethe really came up with this? Not really, and this link explains it.
On a separate note, Eddard Stark (Lord of Winterfell and the Hand of the King) in A Game of Thrones really should have played the game better. He’s being too “straightforward” for his own good and that didn’t go down well for him and his household. A whole stream of events issues from the decision [...]. It’s a pity.