One of my best friends and I are working on what we are calling, "Do Lists". These are things that was need to do in this lifetime and we're not limiting it to 2010 although there are some things marked "urgent". These things we'd like to see happen much sooner than later.
I'm not one to tell people how to go about keeping the promises they've made to themselves but I do believe this one thing: if you are serious about reaching your goals, you must write them down. In detail. Very specifically.
So it's not, "I want to get fit". No! It's I want to
-be able to touch my toes
-jump rope for 30 seconds without stopping
-do 5 push ups
-run a mile in 15 minutes
It's not, "I want to have more friends" . . . it's I want:
-companions to knit with
-someone to cook with
-a book club to join that suits me
I think (and experience confirms) that this is the most effective way to achieve your goals. Post your specific goals in highly visible places. Or not. Tuck it away in a diary or a book and refer to it periodically. It makes such a difference to see what you are aiming for and to imagine it/visualize it happening as if it were happening.
"With our thoughts we make the world," said the Buddha. I'm all about finding out if he spoke the truth. And I'm starting with my list.