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2 Tips For Your New Years Resolution

Updated on December 26, 2011
Goal achieved
Goal achieved

Most people rarely commit their goals to paper. When the new year rolls around a goal is usually a fleeting thought to be stored on the back burner of the mind, only to be looked upon in mid January as a failed attempt at improving ones life. This is the unfortunate outcome most people have, myself included, as we contemplate our future with hope of achieving our goals. Below I have listed two techniques that will help us achieve our goals faster than we ever thought possible.

Tip 1: Write your definite chief aim: Thanks to Napoleon Hill we have a system that has been tested and proven. You will need a quiet place to sit, a blank piece of paper and a pen to write with. Your definite chief aim should be a brief, specific statement written in present tense. It is very important that you list what you are willing to give in return for your definite chief aim. Here is a transcript of Bruce Lee's definite chief aim:

"I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness."

Bruce Lee

Notice how Lee keeps everything in present tense. Also, he is very specific with dates and the amount of money he will earn. It would not be a bad idea to live by the adage, fake it til you make it. The trick is to make your subconscious mind believe you are already in possession of your definite chief aim. Read your statement out loud when you awake in the morning and before you retire to bed in the evening. Through the principle of auto suggestion your subconscious mind will start putting your definite chief aim into practice.

Tip 2: Write your top ten goals daily: Brian Tracy, another leading success coach advocates writing your top 10 goals every morning before you start your day. The idea is to get a spiral notebook and keep it with you at all times. Each morning write down ten or more of your most important goals without referring to your previous list. Do this every day. You will find that as you write your list day after day some items on your list may disappear and some new items may surface. The priority of your goals may change as well. Soon your list will start repeating the same goals with the same priority. Once your list is dialed in to the same tone every day you will find that your life will start to change dramatically and quickly in relation to your goals. When you read your definite chief aim and your top ten daily goals out loud make sure to put emotion and feeling into your words. Have faith in the knowledge that you will be successful and I promise you that all your dreams will come true. Remember, you cannot hit a target if you are unable to see the target. Your written goals are the target to aim for. Just do it and make it happen.

In closing, I would like to recommend three of my favorite books for your personal library:

1. Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill

2. The Law of Success, Napoleon Hill

3. Goals, Brian Tracy

Happy new year and may your goals, hopes and dreams come alive in 2012.

James Poppell


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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      duffsmom, thanks for reading and commenting on my hub. I appreciate you. Take care and have a great weekend.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Great ideas. I usually can count my New Year's Resolution failures on January 2! LOL

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago


      Thank you so much for your positive comment. I really appreciate it.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, useful, awesome, and interesting votes James. Wow, very well stated. That is success. Very positive thinking and a very good self-help article James. Very good indeed.

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      Thanks for the vote up Dannette. I strongly recommend Brian Tracy. he has a lot of books about personal success and achievement.

      Have a great day & Happy New Year!

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Nice hub. I've read Think and Grow Rich (although it's been a while) but never heard of the others. Voted up.

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      Hi Theastrology,

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad you liked the hub.

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      theastrology 6 years ago from New Delhi

      HI James, It's my first time to read your hubpage, It's really nice and have great information.

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      Hi Jean,

      Thank you for your feedback. I recently started applying these principles and the results have been nothing but positive. Have a great day and a Happy New Year.

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      Jean Bakula 6 years ago from New Jersey

      When I learned to read tarot cards, many professionals said the best way to see how they related to your everyday life was to read each day, and keep a journal. As I began the tarot journal, it became a really important part of my evening, and a yearly record of my thoughts, goals, and issues throughout the whole year. I kept it up for about 5 yrs., and as I became a better reader, I stopped journalling. But I want to begin in 2012. I found, too, that if I wrote down my goals and plans, and read the journal at the end of each month, I was able to plot my progress, see what was important and what wasn't, and get back on track more easily. Good advice.

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      Shirley A. Poppell 6 years ago

      Excellent article. I have always found it difficult to keep up with my New Year's resolutions. This technique sounds like a "winning way" to adhere to my goals and I am definitely going to try it.