Many writers and leadership coaches I follow talk about selecting “one word” to set intentions and goals for the upcoming year. I’ve tried but never landed on the “right word.”

Last week in a virtual networking session, another attendee shared an approach I’d never heard before. Instead of “one word” she chooses “one letter.” Then she creates a list of all the ways the selected letter can set intentions and goals for the New Year.

I’d already done a year-end review and solo business retreat but couldn’t get the idea out of my head. So, I sat down with a sheet of paper and took her lead…I chose the letter “B,” but for so many different reasons than she shared.

I won’t bore with you the entire list I wrote, but here’s three that resonated most:

Be a spark

I’ve been blessed that many people have generously shared their time, expertise, and support throughout my career. I’ve been receiving requests from other writers and people interested in equine-assisted coaching asking for advice. Andin 2023, I want to be that spark for them by saving time on my calendar for virtual coffee chats.

Be open to new experiences

People often think I’ve got this covered. I sign up for professional development, travel, and try new adventures. Without fail, just before said experience begins, I panic.
In November, a week before a business bootcamp I fell off my horse. I tried persuading doctors to write me a note out of the trip. I was fine, the answer was “no note.”

I went and:

  • Uncovered new ideas for my business,
  • Picked up a new client,
  • Made a new friend,
  • Fell in love with a part of the country I had never previously considered visiting,
  • Learned new ways to enhance my horse-assisted coaching work.

It was such an impactful experience; I’m headed to part 2 at the end of January. So, for 2023 I’m going to work on being more focused on the potential positive outcomes than the last-minute second-guessing.

Be patient

My top 5 Clifton Strengths include Futuristic and Achiever. I like to see what is on the horizon and make things happen. Sometimes (okay, often times), I expect things to happen quickly. In 2023, I’m taking cues from a sloth…”slow down, enjoy the little things.” I have one of the best teachers in this coming on board– Bella’s new foal, who is due to arrive in March–will push me to slow down and enjoy each step of the process involved with raising a young horse, which can be compared to developing a meaningful business.

I’d love to hear from you! What’s your letter (or word) of the year. I’m excited to hear what is guiding you forward in 2023.