As one year draws to an end and makes way for a new year, I like to reflect on the year that was and choose a theme and focus word for the new year.

Sometimes my word of the year becomes glaringly apparent without much probing. At other times including this year, I need to let it simmer for a couple of weeks.

In previous years I have created vision boards. Sometimes, I write my goals ( in a fresh new notebook, and always with a Lamy pen). At other times I sketch and doodle for a visual creation.

These are words that have been selected as my focus words in previous years. I created a vision board each year (on 1 Jan) and hung it on the wall in my office.

1 Grow

2 Balance (pictured below)

3 New

4 Focus

5 Clarity

This is my vision board from 2016

vision board from 2016

Since COVID, my priorities and purpose have evolved, and I have streamlined my offerings and processes.

I have clarity on who I can best serve, my ideal client, and how to use my expertise to help others.

After much pondering, long walks, and meditation, I have settled on ALIGNMENT as my word of the year for 2023.

word collage picture

Alignment: What does my word of the year mean to me right now?

I began the discovery to uncover my word by creating a long list. I selected the words that stirred emotion within me, and turned the list into a word cloud.

Several words kept coming up as essential for me. I narrowed this down to a few keywords. Intentional and alignment were the two words I settled on.

Alignment: How I will apply my word of the year

I will take action and seek opportunities and connections aligned with my strategy and purpose. I will let go of, reduce, or decline those not a fit for me.

This will reduce the amount of time procrastinating about priorities and focus on more being and less doing.

I will embrace slowness this year. To be present and kind, be a better listener, and take more of an unhurried approach to what I do.

I will strategically align my business model with my core values. I will continue to pay it forward and reduce my impact on the planet. Earn to Give is a strong business principle for me.

I will align my relationships to strengthen how I can support and be supported. I will step away from relationships that are not in alignment with who I am and what matters to me.

I will listen to my body and mind and support and nourish my physical being. I will do this through healthy eating, better sleeping habits, regular yoga practise and daily periods of stillness.

I will be curious and always learning. My learning plan will be aligned with my business and personal goals. Getting to the next level in coaching and becoming a Professional Certified Coach with the ICF aligns with my coaching business goals.

I will continue to improve my bridge playing which helps my mind stay active, present and centred.

What’s your word of the year?

I’d love to hear how you approach setting an intention for the new year? Do you choose a word of the year? Or do you prefer to write detailed smart goals?

Is 2023 the year that you will take action on accelerating your skills as a speaker? Maybe you have a dream to share your story on stage? Perhaps you are ready to boost your business by adding guest speaking to your marketing strategy.

As a certified, accredited and awarded speaker and coach, I can help you reach your goals. Let’s find out if we are a fit. Book a discovery call.

Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, improvisational actor, and host of the Business Chat Podcast

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

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Lisa Evans

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