Posted by Russ Irwin

Posted on 19th Apr, 2016

Personal CoachingI want to share a couple of important keys to help you turn your resolutions into reality. So many people start off with great intentions but quickly lose steam.

Although not exhaustive, here are two keys that will help you to achieve sustainable results:

1.     Clarity

So many people make well-intentioned goals and have great vision, yet their vision never translates into reality – or at least, not one that is sustained over time.

In many of the individuals I have coached, I have found that the missing key in their quest toward sustainable success is clarity – if you’re not clear on what you want, you’ll never be able to stand up and claim it.

This is one of the most important steps in beginning the process of taking your life to a new and exciting level. This moment is a new opportunity where you no longer have to be bound by the belief that your past must define your future.

Two of the greatest sports coaches who ever lived were Vince Lombardi, an NFL football coach, and John Wooden, who took the UCLA Bruins basketball team to more championships than anyone in history. The secret behind both coaches’ success was their belief and practise of fundamentals as a path toward mastery.

Here are the fundamental, foundational keys that will move you toward success and mastery:

  • What do you want?
  • What do you have?
  • What are your constraints?

When you don’t have clarity in what you want, it becomes easy to allow yourself to be caught up in the energy of the moment and you may not end up where you hoped to be. If you want to see sustainable success in any area you have to get focused and have compelling clarity. You can’t be generalized, you must be specific.

For example, the person who says “I want to lose weight” has less of a chance of success than the person who is specific and says “I want to lose 10lbs in ten months”.

The more clearly you are on track with what you want, the more your brain begins to align itself with that goal. Neuropsychologists have studied what is called “Expectancy Theory”, which is similar to the concept of conditioning. The more motivated and clear we are concerning something, the greater the probability of it becoming a reality.

Along with what you want, you must discover what you have. What are your strengths (not your weaknesses but strengths)? It’s time to begin to strengthen your strengths.

The last question is: “What are your constraints?” What are the limitations that you, life, or others have placed on you that have created ceilings over your success?

2.     Alignment

Once you have clarity, you can begin to align your actions, energies, and intentions.

Alignment is the difference between a flashlight and a laser. A flashlight is useful but the light is disorganized and scattered. The light only shines a few feet and then becomes dim. The light from a laser is more organized: the light beams don’t collide with each other, but shoot straight; they are much more precise.

Having clarity and alignment helps you to break away from indecision, to move beyond what you should do to what you must do.

Once you develop your why – once you have a compelling reason – you begin to remove the roadblocks that will limit your breakthrough. If your “why you should” doesn’t outweigh your “why you shouldn’t”, you will not have sustainable results.

It doesn’t have to be about big goals, big dreams, big success. Just a small shift in focus, meaning, and intention can make all the difference in the world.


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About Russ Irwin

Russ is a highly sought after executive and business coach due to his unique qualifications and talents, including 17 years of entrepreneurial success, over 9 years of executive coaching experience, as well as a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master’s in Behavioural Sciences. Russ is also an experienced international keynote conference and seminar speaker.