A good technique involves mentally taking steps toward your goal.
The idea behind this technique is the more specific goals are, the more likely they are to be attained. Also, the more clearly you envision steps to a goal, the more likely you are to attain that goal.
One way to implement this technique is to lay out the steps to take and then watch yourself take them as though you're in a movie. (An internal moviemaking technique was developed by Walter and Peller in the book, Becoming Solution-Focused in Brief Therapy.)