They're usually based on magical thinking, wishful thinking, and lack any real commitment or plan.
We're already weeks into the new year and you've probably already forgotten your resolutions.
Well, so has everyone else. Welcome to the club.
That's why resolutions are for wimps.
A better choice is to attract your new reality with what I call Positive Predictions.
It's a fun and creative exercise that allows you to visualize the future, contemplate unlimited possibilities, and actually begin to attract the new reality to you.
Of course, all too often individuals fixate on negative future predictions. 1984, Y2K and 2012, are just a few of the dates that come to mind. It seems there's always an apocalyptic event looming on the horizon. Unfortunately, when these dates come and go without incident, they are quickly replaced by new, even more menacing predictions. Ho hum.
There's a better way. Instead of imaging a doom and gloom scenario, let's imagine a happy and prosperous one. Let's make 2010 the year of Positive Predictions. For example, here's a sampling of the Positive Predictions I've added to my list for 2010:
Buoyed largely by the creative ideas of marketers, inventors and entrepreneurs, the United States explodes out of the current recession by harnessing several new technologies. People experience prosperity again!
Alternative sources of energy and innovative automobile technologies begins to reach a level of critical mass, resulting in dramatically lower demand for fossil fuels. We exit 2010 at an average price of $1.90 per gallon of gas -- and falling.
I climbed to the top of my 15 foot climbing rope with my arms only and it becomes an inspiring YouTube video.
My free book Attract Money Now is translated into every major language, is downloaded by tens of millions of people worldwide, and becomes a New York Times bestseller after a publisher pays me a huge seven-figure advance for the rights to
Operation Yes makes a major impact in ending homelessness in America.
I launched the first ever Billionaire Bugatti Mastermind.
The Attract Miracles Community reaches critical mass and transforms the planet with a single thought projected around the world - by thought alone.
I went on David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jon Stewart's TV shows, showing my incredible Alien Guitar.
My hydrogen-gas super car, The Scorpion was delivered mid-year and got front page news across the world as the first truly sexy environmentally friendly muscle car. I love that car!
As you can see, this exercise is exciting. You might also note the "predictions" are written as if they are after-the-fact reports. It's based on a process I call "Nevillizing," named after famed mystic Neville Goddard. I discuss the practice of "Nevillizing" your goals in both The Attractor Factorand more recently in Attract Money Now.
"Nevillizing your goal" is imagining or visualizing what life would be like if your goal were already achieved today. The objective is to make an emotional connection to your future. You pretend it has already happened. This allows your subconscious mind to believe it's possible, as well as to program the Universe to bring that vision into your reality.
Neville himself said -
"There is only one cause, and that is consciousness. Your consciousness is the center from which your world mirrors and echoes the state you presently occupy."
Consider the act of making a prediction. Generally, meaningful predictions require that you step out of your comfort zone and take a risk. I'm not talking about unimportant predictions that anyone can make. I'm talking about "worthy" predictions that make your subconscious mind take notice and say "Wow, this guy/gal isn't fooling around!"
Contrast this to the standard practice of creating New Year's resolutions. If you are like many individuals, you may write down a list of resolutions for the year. This ritual has become so routine that very little emotion if any permeates to the subconscious. Not to mention there's virtually no personal accountability tied to the resolution.
You need look no further than your local health-club or gym. I'd be willing to wager that most are bursting at the seams with new members. Check back with these same clubs in July and you'll notice that their attendance has dropped back to late 2009 levels.
Generally, resolutions are easy to forget or dismiss. However, Nevillized Positive Predictions have much stronger emotional ties and longevity. They will begin the process of attracting a new reality based on the Law of Attraction and the power of intention.
So here's my personal challenge to you: Create a list of Positive Predictions. Do it today. Right now.
Have fun with it. Like mine, some can focus on world events. Others can be personal challenges that really stretch your boundaries. If you have already created a list of resolutions, you can easily convert them into predictions. Just remember to make them worthy. And be sure to write them as if they already happened. And record your excitement.
A great way to ensure that your Positive Predictions become a reality is through Mastermind Groups and Personal Coaching. Both can provide the necessary accountability, access to creative ideas, and insights to make your wildest predictions come true.
Here's something most people don't know:
Years ago I walked into my Mastermind Group at the time and stated that I wanted to be in a movie. Not just any movie, and not as some fly on the wall. I wanted a noteworthy part.
At the time I had no movie experience or connections. But I stated my goal and let my Mastermind Group support my intention with their good thoughts.
I didn't try to get an acting job.
I didn't send out resumes or sexy photos of myself.
I just waited, expecting my miracle, and ready to take action when inspiration or opportunity appeared.
Three months later a woman named Rhonda Byrne read my book, The Attractor Factor, and called me, asking if I'd like to be in her movie, called The Secret.
The rest, as they say, is history.
This is the power of Positive Predictions, Mastermind Groups, and Personal Coaching.
There are many excellent coaching programs available. Take for example, my Miracles Coaching program - we've helped hundreds of individuals both formulate and achieve their goals and predictions over the last four years.
The Joe Vitale Miracles Coaching will provide you with a personal coach that can help custom tailor a formula to achieve your goals. Also, you will have access to well over 100 courses and supporting curriculum. This is the perfect way to kick-start your 2010.
Or consider my Rolls-Royce Phantom Mastermind. This is an ideal venue if you're interested in personalized brainstorming and strategizing as you ride in the lap of luxury. Many have found this to be the perfect catalyst for developing inspired ideas. (ABC News is covering the one I'm doing this Monday with Jennifer Nicole Lee.) Furthermore, the Phantom Mastermind may be a prerequisite for those wanting to attend the Billionaire Bugatti Mastermind.
Whatever you decide, remember to "Dare Something Worthy."
Your future begins right now.