I make pretty goal books that I call "Treasure Maps". They are visual candy for me. I always write an affirmation on the page that affirms I already have whatever my goal is. That is how I use my subconsious to pull these things into my life. Try it - it works!
I love to look forward to a New Year. It's a blank canvas for me to just fill in! Places to visit, friendships to make, ways to live more fit & healthy, things to learn (i.e. CRAFTS!!) I ALWAYS sit down and write out a list of goals for the new year. And I keep this up all year long to pace myself and to focus my energy.