No matter what your goals are this year, the only way you can expect to achieve your goal(s) if you plan and prepare for it.

Start with these 10 steps:

1. Build on a solid foundation.
Honesty, character, integrity, trust, love, loyalty. This foundation will give you an honest shot at reaching any goal you have properly set.

2. Be committed.
The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work—if you won’t. As Mary Crowley said, “One person with a commitment is worth a hundred who only have an interest.”

3. Create milestones.
Break down your intermediate and long-range goals into increments.

4. Visualize reaching your goal
If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal. In your imagination, see yourself receiving that diploma, getting that job or promotion, making that speech, moving into your dream home, achieving that weight-loss goal…

5. Keep yourself accountable.
Daily discipline is the key to reaching your goals. Record your progress toward your goals every night, and list the six most important things you need to do the next day.

6. Make course corrections along the way.
Make a decision to move toward a goal carefully—but be willing to change your direction to get there as conditions and circumstances demand. Push on, friend.

7. Share your goals with trusted friends and family.
Chances are excellent they’re going to encourage you.

8. Don’t go it alone.
You can have everything you want in life if you will just help enough other people get what they want.

9. Put your goals down on paper.
Each time you reach a goal, your confidence will grow so that you can do bigger and better things. After accomplishing any goal, write about it—in your journal, wherever.

10. Continue to think about your goals.
What you get by reaching your destination isn’t nearly as important as what you become by reaching your goals—what you will become is the winner you were born to be!