So, first of all, you have GOT to read this post from John Carlton.
Let me tell you how I implemented his little exercise, with a little twist.
I imagined what my life would be like one year from now. January 21st, 2015. Where am I, what am I doing, what's going on in my life?
And AS future me, I wrote CURRENT me a letter... describing all the things in my (future) life that I am grateful for. In fact, the letter was a THANK YOU NOTE, thanking the "past" me for all the awesome things I did.
Try it, write for as long as you have to.
Sounds a little silly. But it's POWERFUL. In fact, it's one of those things that could change everything for you.
My next idea, that I got while writing... was to keep a daily running DIARY of my daily life in the future. How's that for staying focused on where you want to go?
Also, I need to explain that I am in no way attached to any of the things described in my letter to myself. They are NOT goals.
I simply asked myself what my life was like a year from now, and just wrote it out in letter form.
That's it. If none of it occurs, it truly does not matter.
I don't do goals, but if you're a "goal person" this would not be a bad way to set them.
Finally, I wrote the letter by HAND. Important.
That's it. Try it.