My Words for 2023

I mentioned in my December newsletter, at the end of each year, I reflect on the past year and then project toward the upcoming year what my goals are or should be. I ask myself, “What do I want to see in (insert upcoming year here)? What do I want to see in me? What do I want to see in my job/business?” Then I write a list of the things I want to see in me, my family, job/business. Then I ask myself, based on these revelations, what truth or word reflects these epiphanies?

This practice has brought so much insight into me as a person and as a business owner. Our business reflects who we are and what is important to us.

So what are my words for 2023? I’m so glad you asked!


Some words related to focus are target, point of convergence, heart. I asked myself, “Where is my heart focused now? Why have I avoided focus? Is it fear of failure? Or, my favorite, what I call Charlie Brown Syndrome?” The year 2022 was a huge transition year for me. I moved twice, left a job after 21 years in health care, started a business, started at a new church, got established at a new writer’s group, etc. Basically, my whole life changed. So, no wonder my focus was lacking in 2022!! Most people need to enter therapy after all that transition. Actually, that might be a good idea. 


Words related to vision are dream, idea, conception. There is a well-known scripture in the Bible–Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained.” Some versions say, “the people perish.” With all the confusion of 2022, I’d lost the vision of some goals. So, for 2023, I want to reconnect with the vision I have for my future and the future of my business. One way to do this is to write the vision down and make it plain. Literally write it down! Then post it in your office or by your desk where you can see it and reflect on it frequently and keep it in the forefront of your mind. Without the constant reminder of what your vision is for you or your business, passion will fade. Another good way to keep your vision before you is to have a Mission Statement for your business. This shows your vision to all you come in contact with in your business.


Some words related to purpose are reason, objective, desire, determination. In all my busyness of 2022, my purpose balloon deflated and got lost in the shuffle. It’s probably packed in a box yet to be opened. It is time for me to connect with my business purpose once again.

What now?

I keep a journal and write in it most days. I have the page with my words for 2023 flagged and I look back on it and remind myself to Focus on the Vision and press toward my PurposeAnother idea is to put your words, phrase, verse, etc on a post it at your desk… or forehead – whatever works.

What about you? Do you have a word for the new year? If so, I would love to hear about it!