Write down what you want, in detail. Be creative about it. For instance, if you want to lose weight, describe how you will look; how you will feel in your clothes; others' reactions to the "new you", etc. Write it in present tense and read it, every day.
Visualize. Spend at least 15 minutes each day visualizing what you want as if you already have it. Use your imagination to engage all of your senses while you're visualizing. If you are visualizing the ocean, actually smell the ocean air; hear the waves crashing against the rocks and the song of the seagulls flying overhead. Be there.
Get organized. Now that you have your list, which describes in detail what you want, make a plan. How are you going to get there? What is the first step? Second step? Write down any existing or potential obstacles and find solutions to them. Never, ever focus on the problem. The minute you do, you have turned off your power source. Think of it as a light switch. When you focus on solutions, the light is on. You can see clearly and you move around with ease. When you focus on the problems, you've turned off the light switch. It's dark. You stumble around and often end up hurting yourself. Don't do that. Leave the light on.
Commit. Make a contract with yourself that you will not quit, no matter what. As a matter of fact, the word "quit" has been completely removed from your vocabulary. You don't even know how to pronounce it! Unless you plan to quit smoking, of course (you get the point).
Take action. Put your well thought out plan into action, one step at a time. Do not try to run the entire marathon immediately. One step, two step, three step, four. Get the idea? Taking too many steps at once often leads to frustration, and then to that word that we can't pronounce. Complete each step, well, and then move to the next. You'll be amazed at how quickly things begin to unfold in your life. When you move toward something, it moves toward you. It's really incredible how that works.
Believe. As cliché as it sounds, this is the most powerful word in the universe; and it works! There can be no argument against this fact, because there isn't one. Believe in yourself and in your success and it will have no choice but to become. So often we judge ourselves as not being capable or we place limits on our abilities. Why? Stand up! If you believe in your success it will stand up with you!
Be word wise. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!" Remember that childhood rhyme? Well, now I want you to forget it. It's hogwash. Words are very powerful! As a matter of fact, the little devils have been known to manifest; frequently. Speak uplifting, encouraging, sun casting, God winking, soul soothing, ear stroking words! Speak love. Speak success. Speak life. Heck, speak a vacation home in the Bahamas. I won't tell.
Monitor your thoughts. This can be a little tricky at first, especially if you're not used to it. 95\% of the population is on autopilot and are controlled by their thoughts rather than being in control of their thoughts. Thoughts become things, like words often do. What is going on in your mind? Make sure your thoughts are moving you closer to your destination, not further from it.
Tips and Warnings
February: We've had to turn it down a notch or two due to a few unforeseen circumstances. No worries.
March: Well, you know.
June-ish: Sigh. Maybe next year.
Sound familiar? If the answer is yes, I have the perfect solution. STOP IT. Yes, that simple.
No, I don't mean stop trying, I mean stop making excuses! Before you know it you'll be 75 years old, spending all of your time in "If only ... " mode, suspiciously eyeballing the grocery store receipt and telling stories about the good ole' days that in reality, weren't that good. Is that how you want to spend the last portion of your life? I know I don't.
There should come a point in each of our lives when we realize that life does not have to be about mere survival. We have an insurmountable amount of power and potential within us just waiting to be set free! Instead, we waste time worrying about tragedies that may never happen.
So how do we access this so called "power"?
I have composed a list of steps below which, if followed, will keep you motivated and focused from the beginning of your resolutions list to the end; and beyond. There is only one requirement. You MUST have a strong desire for what you want in life and the willingness to fully commit to that desire. Fully committing to something does not mean you have to "un-commit" to something else. It's simply a matter of balancing.
This is not about will power - it's about "want" power! So, how bad do you want it?