First, let’s get some facts straight. Research shows that more than 80% of us fail at keeping our New Year’s resolutions because we unconsciously set ourselves up for failure. One of the main reasons is, without awareness, we focus on the downside of not achieving their goals. That means we're giving power to fear instead of to desire and passion.

These tips are based on the latest brain research. Apply them you will give yourself an edge for success:

1. Be honest with - you. Make sure your resolutions are not based in guilt. That includes…I should… I would if… or I could if only... All these mindsets are based in fear and misplaced focus.

2. Align your goals with your values. Check to be sure your resolutions are aligned with your values. Write down your three most important values. They will be your most deeply-held beliefs. When your resolutions are in alignment with what you believe and who you are - you will achieve results.

3. Make your resolutions realistic. Sometimes our overzealousness or fear puts the imagination on the wrong track which leads to setting standards that are unrealistic and, therefore, unachievable. When setting any goal, take a realistic look at your resources, including the time you can devote to working on your goal, the money you might need to invest and the support you might require.

4. After you make your resolution and set a clear goal, break it down into small steps. You don’t want to overwhelm your subconscious; you want to create small wins. Failure may teach you lessons but failure can also rob you of a sense of self-control. It is the “wins” of life that help you build self-confidence. Here is a fact about the chemistry of your brain: small wins actually grow the brain for success. Success really does breed success.

Author's Bio: 

Main Areas: Creativity, Applied Imagination, Personal and Business Success
Best Sellers: “Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind”; The Magic of Quantum Leap Thinking
Career Focus: Thought Leader, Imagination Expert, Author; Speaker; Peak Performance Coach
Affiliation: The James Mapes Organization
James Mapes is an authority on the psychology of applied imagination, leadership and peak performance. For over three decades he has worked with hundreds of public and private companies in more than 70 countries and his program, “Journey into the Imagination” has been presented on Broadway and at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
Companies, associations, universities and business schools including – IBM Corporate, U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed and The Princeton Center for Leadership Training – have quoted Mapes in training manuals and textbooks.
James has created an on-going series of audio recordings and award-winner interactive DVD programs (Create Your Future; True Leadership) for the business community. His best-selling book, “Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owners’ Guide to the Mind” has been published in ten languages. He was selected by best-selling author, Dr. Spencer Johnson to transform his newest book, “Peaks and Valleys” into an interactive stage presentation.
Mapes is the founder and President of The Quantum Leap Thinking™ Organization and the creator of the Transformational Coach™ Program. His newest programs are IMAGINE THAT!:Firing Up Your Brain, TRUE LEADERSHIP: The Neuroscience of Effictive Leaders & Patient Pre-op/Post-op Healing Therapy™ - will soon be presented at Yale/New Haven Hospital as part of The Aortic Institute.