What is 2010 going to be worth for you this year? Take a moment and figure it out. Don't cheat by reading further until you've figured out your number - I promise this will be one of the most important things you do this year.
Now write yourself a check for that amount. Keep the check with you and work your plan so that you can "cash" it.
I often think about the story of comedian Jim Carrey, who famously wrote himself a $10 million dollar check for “acting services rendered,” while he was a struggling actor. Of course, Carrey became one of the most bankable actors in history. Carrey’s ability to visualize success (and in my opinion, the dollar amount is only the scorecard) before he experienced it had a lot to do with Carrey’s ability to break through.
The courage to claim your number will help focus your efforts. As the year presents various opportunities and challenges, and you get overwhelmed with choices, a key filter you can use is which decision – and what action – will best allow you to cash your check.