A few years ago I was inspired by my coach to think of three words to describe what I would like my year to look like. I’d previously had one word, but having read blogs by Chris Brogan on why he chooses three, I decided to give it a go.
In the past I had not been one for goal setting and had been resisting creating a plan at all, but decided three words seemed like a much easier and light touch way to have a focus.
Last year my three words were Learn, Presence and Celebrate and you can see how I got on with those in my reflection on 2022
So, what are my words for 2023?
There’s definitely some building on last year’s goals with the first one – FUN. In 2022, my word ‘presence’ was all about spending more time with friends and family and being present at that time, so the word ‘Fun’ is about having fun with the business and also fun in my social life and connecting even more with friends and family. It feels like this year is edging closer to a postpandemic ‘normal’ (although I’m well aware that covid is still alive and well having caught it again over Christmas!) and I’m already seeing a lot of enquiries coming in so it’s going to be important to stay focussed on that work-life balance!
Clarity is about being clear about the direction of travel for the business, as I currently have no idea where I want to go next or what that looks like!! 2022 was a fanatastic year – we have lovely clients and a brilliant team. I’ll be undertaking some mentoring in Q1 of 2023 to help me visualise what the Joanne Manville Virtual Assistance of the future looks like and then working on what I need to do to achieve that.
Again this one builds on last year’s ‘Learn’. In 2022 I attended a lot of workshops and training sessions that really helped me cement some of the ideas around the ethics and values of the business, and this year is about embedding that and also finally reading all the business books that are getting dusty on my office bookshelf!!
Now don’t get me wrong, I will be goal setting in a lot more detailed way too once I have the ‘clarity’ I’m looking for, but for now, these three words are up on the wall and will be shaping things to come!
How do you like to set your business and personal goals? Do let me know.