Friday December 30, 2016

Are You Ready to Embrace Business Success in 2017?

Consultant: Follow these guidelines toward prosperity
By Jamie Persse

    Jamie Persse

    The New Year brings with it opportunity — the opportunity to reflect, adjust and move forward.


    Traditionally, we have a tendency to make New Year’s resolutions. To be “resolute” is to be “admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.” Think of resolutions as goals. So why is it that so many fail to maintain their resolutions, or goals, over the long haul? Often, it’s because a simple step is overlooked.


    Though not specific to just the New Year, I’d like to share with you a blueprint for success I use with clients in order to help them achieve their goals. Whether it’s achieving a personal goal — or a professional one — the components remain the same.


    1. Awareness. Experience alone has no value if it is not evaluated. Reflection and self-awareness are critical. Whether a personal goal or a professional aspiration, take time to reflect on what it is you wanted to achieve. Reflect on what contributed to your success. Did you continue to do what worked? What about unmet opportunities? What were the roadblocks you encountered that stifled your achievements?


    2. Acceptance. Accept where you are. You can’t change the past. No need to dwell on it. Nor do you need to shut the door on it. Let the past serve you. Learn from it and move on. Also, accept that it is your responsibility to take the necessary steps to get you to where you want to be, and no one else’s.


    3. Attitude. This is a critical one. What is your commitment level? On a scale of 1-10, if your commitment to do “whatever it takes” is an 8 or below, you might need to revisit the importance of your goal. Do you possess the passion and commitment in order to succeed? Are you willing to persevere? If you believe in your goal enough, and the reason for the goal is compelling enough, you can and will succeed.


    4. Adjust. Where do you need to adjust? Does the goal you once had still exist or has it changed? Do your sights need adjustment? Have external variables or influences changed? Were goals set to low or unrealistically high? Further, were there distractions that, if eliminated, could contribute to your success?


    5. Alternatives. What options do you have that can support your success moving forward? Is there a different path that you could take? Are there other or different resources you need to succeed? Do you have the tools, knowledge, and experience necessary? Are you in an environment that supports your success?


    6. Affirmation. Successful people have extremely positive “self-talk.” Do you believe, affirm and re-affirm — daily if necessary — that you can and will achieve your desired goal?


    7. Advice. Seek out a mentor or mentors, or a coach. One is too small of a number to accomplish anything great. You likely know, or can get connected with someone that has achieved success in what you would like to achieve, or that could coach you. There is truly nothing more valuable than having someone in your corner, to be that encouraging and supportive ear. However, be open. Allow the individual to challenge you if and when necessary. Personally, I’ve found extreme value in having mentors and coaches in my life, and continue to.


    8. Action. Take action. Without action, nothing is accomplished. Start somewhere. Are you taking the little steps necessary to get you moving in the right direction? Progress happens daily; not in a day.


    9. Accountability. Whether it be to a peer, a friend, a family member, or even a coach, accountability is crucial. Be transparent. Commit to being held accountable. Have benchmarks to help measure your progress.


    Are these extravagant or difficult steps to take? Absolutely not. On the contrary, they are relatively simple. Unfortunately, we often skip some of the basics and never realize our true potential. You have the power within you to achieve the desired outcomes and goals you seek. I wish you well in your endeavors.


    I truly hope this serves you well.



    — Jamieson C. Persse is an executive coach, corporate trainer, and leadership and professional development consultant for JC Persse Consulting. For more information, visit or send an email to




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