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It’s that time of year…again. It’s that time to revisit the New Year’s Resolutions from 2014 and check off the list which ones we achieved and which ones to recycle. It is astonishing how our culture can hit that reset button and believe they can do it on their own. Some do it and are able to hit their goals on their own. Most people, no matter how hard they work or how focused they try to be, aren’t able to stay focused on these goals and are back to square one come next year. It brings to mind the words from Albert Einstein. “The definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Here are some big, hairy, audacious goals: 2015 is going to be my best year ever. I will sell more product. I will get in the best shape of my life. I will spend more time with my spouse and kids. I will add more customers to my base than in any other year. I will buy a new house. I will win the local marathon this summer. I will eat healthier and exercise more. I will double the size of my business.   These are the most common goals set each year in the United States and they are also the most common goals that are RESET year over year.

How is it that some people are able to keep getting better and better while most people put the same goals into place each year and barely attain them (if they even remember them past the first 2 months of the year)? Why do professional athletes like LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Peyton Manning stay on top of their professional sports year over year while no one ever hears about the regular guy (or girl)? The regular guy has all the same physical attributes of these others, so why not him? We’re all only people after all, so why do some achieve and some don’t?

The difference between those who achieve and those who don’t can be broken down to the simplest components: commitment and structure.

The commitment to the goal must be made. It must be stated, written out, spoken aloud, emailed, read, and/or sent to others. Commitment can be stated in many ways as long as the main idea is that there is a specific goal in mind and nothing will get in my way as I commit to achieving this goal. Through thick and thin, I will stay the course because the desire for the outcome is so strong that it trumps all other obstacles along the way. I commit to myself that I will do whatever it takes (ethically and honestly) to achieve my goal. I’m committed to my goals.

The second and often the most overlooked component is structure. The most successful people in their fields have simply learned to do something the right way and they do it over and over again. They have created a system to follow which allows them to take the shortest route possible to success. They learn from their own trial and error and from the best practices of others in their profession. In order to achieve the best of their own potential, they work tirelessly to create the right system and structure.

To take it to the highest level, what do all of the professionals mentioned above have to tie together their commitment and structure? They all have a coach. A coach is someone who shines heat and light on the areas which require attention. A coach is that voice in the back of their heads pushing them towards their areas of discomfort so they will reach their dreams. A coach is one who truly cares for their results and guides them through on the journey. Why is there so much focus on the coaches while everyone is growing up and yet once someone gets to “the real world”, the thought of having a coach is odd? They were our leaders and helped us to get to the finish line when we grew up. When we reached adulthood, we didn’t magically know everything and were automatically ready to be the best we could be. It still takes a lot of work to be our best and reach our goals, so why did we stop having coaches when we got to a new place in the world that we didn’t know yet?

Let’s expand upon the idea of “commitment”. One extremely important concept that is most often overlooked by the masses is the commitment to investing in ourselves. If all the best professional athletes have coaches, if all the best business-people have mentors, if the highest performers all invest in themselves like this by having a professional coach or mentor be their accountability partner, then why don’t you?

2015 is going to be the best year ever for many people. By making the commitment to partner with an experienced coach who fully understands your goals and how to create the structure and system to speed up their attainment, you have assured yourself a faster time to the finish line. You have made your dreams come one step closer to being real.

The most important quality of my players is their desire to learn and grow. A person who wants to grow, either for the thought of growing or from the thought of getting rid of some barrier, can be shown new paths and possibilities and is open to stepping through those doors. Beauty to them is overcoming that obstacle or achieving that next big goal.

Your coach will be here as a facilitator, holding you accountable through thick and thin. He/she is someone who will coach with proven principles that will get you to your desired goals faster. He will help you rid yourself of your own self-limiting or self-defeating beliefs and be with you on the way to the next level! Make 2015 your best year ever by investing in the most important resource you have… yourself. Get a coach and let’s achieve those goals faster together!