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01/06/2015 02:21 pm ET Updated Mar 08, 2015

2015 is Your Year

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It's estimated that 40 percent of people set some pretty amazing intentions and goals at the beginning of each year, only to have abandoned, forgotten about, or let them go within a few weeks. It's not that we don't want what we've said we wanted, because you really want those goals you've inked for 2015, right? I believe it's that we didn't, and don't, set ourselves up for success.

Here are five no-fail strategies for making 2015 the year you fully and finally finish what you start - and get what you want!

One -- Name it to claim it. Be clear, concise and specific about what you want. You want to lose weight? How much? What do you weight now? How much will you weight when you're at your goal? What will you look like? Create that mental picture and the outfit that goes on that new body. Is it about the money? (Of course it is.) How much do you want to make? What are all of the ways it can come to you? Be open, there are always new ideas and opportunities just waiting to cross your path.

Two -- Build your belief. Only when you truly believe you can do it will it happen. Make a list of all of the reasons why you know you can do it, and why you deserve the end results. Then post that list where you can see it, every day. (Mine is on my bathroom mirror, in case you need a suggestion.)

Three -- What's your reward? I don't think it's enough to "just" achieve the goal. We all like a good present and there's nothing better than a self-selected, self-earned reward for a job well done. So, what is it? You're making your first million, so what will you be driving to the bank to make those deposits? You've lost 25 pounds, and chances are what's in your closet won't fit so well anymore... you'll need new duds so get your Nordstrom's personal shopper ready to help you show off that hard-earned body!

Four -- Speaking of help: Get support! No, not the kind you've had in the past that says, "You're already thin; eat the cheesecake!" The real kind of support! Find someone with the same or similar goals and hold each other accountable. Even better: Form a mastermind. You can find out all you need to know about the power of the mastermind in Napoleon Hill's Law of Success. Best option: hire a coach. Nothing accelerates success and achievement like having someone help you form a strategy for the attainment of your goals and outcomes, and then hold you accountable for making them happen!

Five -- Make a plan and include: your vision, clear objectives and potential pitfalls. There are always challenges that come up, pretty much right after you state your goals. These are designed to make sure you're really committed, that you really want what you've said you want. If you're ready for how you'll handle sickness, setbacks, and anything else that gets you off-track, you'll be ready to (a) handle them and (b) get back on track.

This is your year if you're really ready for it to be your year. Best wishes for your success. Be sure to let me know how I can support you in 2015.

Honorée Corder writes about business growth and personal development, including shedding limiting beliefs, dreaming big and living the life you truly want. She is the best-selling author of a dozen books, including Vision to Reality. Learn more at HonoreeCorder.com.