Creating space to see what’s possible in 2023
Our last article was about overcoming recency bias and acknowledging your successes in 2022 and all that you have learned.
This week, we want to talk about how you can reset and refresh ahead of the holidays and start to think about what could be possible for you in 2023.
Here are 5 simple steps to reset and refresh before the end of the year and begin crafting your vision for 2023.
1. CREATE SPACE
If you want to reset and refresh before the end of the year so you can start 2023 off on a positive note, you need to create some space to reflect on what’s working, what’s not working, where you need to shift your energy and what you need to let go of.
A gentle reminder here that you can start small. This isn’t about creating an enormous amount of space in an already full life. It’s about carving out an intentional window of time to reflect on your priorities for this holiday season, decide what you can let go of, get clear on your needs and consider how you will make time for you and your wellbeing in 2023.
Take a moment now to block out some space in your calendar for this reflection. Do you have 30 mins available this week? If your schedule is looking incredibly packed, where else could you find the time? Could you switch off your phone 30 minutes earlier one evening this week, pour yourself a cup of tea, and sit down with a notebook to work through this process? Could you set aside a small window of time this weekend to take yourself to a cafe and have some me-time?
Creating space is a beautiful act of self-care and something we often forget to do. It’s about finding those micro moments in your day and in your week just to be with yourself in quiet reflection. It’s about having the courage to get honest about where your time is actually going and establishing some healthy boundaries to protect what’s most important to you.
2. CLARIFY YOUR PRIORITIES
Once you’ve created a pocket of space for yourself, the next step is to clarify your priorities for this final part of the year. At the end of the day, what is it that’s really important to you? How do you want to feel this holiday season and how are you going to create that for yourself?
It can be so easy to take on way too many things, particularly as women, and get caught up in feelings of overwhelm and trying to be everything to everyone. Pretty soon you’re running on empty and it doesn’t feel like you’re making headway on much, if anything. Clarifying your priorities is about taking a step back and getting honest about what’s important to you. It might feel like everything’s important, but the reality is, it’s time to let go of some of the things on your plate and be discerning.
3. DECIDE WHAT TO LET GO OF
Following on from the last step, an important part of clarifying your priorities is about deciding what to let go of. Because the truth is, you can’t do it all. No one can. And if you want to reset and feel refreshed before you start 2023, then chances are, you’ll need to let go of some things.
As you think about all of the things on your to-do list, reflect on where you can free up some time. What can come off the list? What can be delegated to someone else? What are the things you need to stop doing so you can feel more balanced and emotionally well?
4. FOCUS ON YOUR WELLBEING
It goes without saying that for you to feel refreshed, you’ll need to make sure that you put some time aside to focus on your wellbeing. Creating and maintaining optimal wellbeing is a goal for the vast majority of women in our Women Rising program but it’s also one of the things they struggle with the most. When there are so many things we need to get done and so many people in our lives that are counting on us in some way, women will often push their own needs - including their wellbeing - to the bottom of the pile.
This is why being intentional about your wellbeing is so important - you want to be consciously creating your wellbeing with the actions that you take every single day, not just hoping for the best with random strategies. When it comes to wellbeing, the key here is to get back to basics. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you nourishing and moving your body? Are you making time to relax and restore your energy frequently? If you need some tools to help you focus on wellbeing, here are 5 simple strategies for optimal wellbeing.
5. START DREAMING ABOUT WHAT COULD BE POSSIBLE FOR YOU IN 2023
Once you’ve created a little bit of space and are feeling more refreshed, it’s time to start dreaming and crafting a vision for what you want 2023 to look like. We’ve updated our popular Possibility Planner for 2023, which you can download for FREE here. It will take you through a series of questions to help you get clear on what could be possible in 2023.
To get you started, here are some questions for you to reflect on:
- If there were between 4 and 6 words that describe how you want to feel and show up in 2023, what would they be?
- What are your wildest and most hopeful dreams for the year?
- What are the top 3 things that you want to accomplish in 2023 in your work life? Why do they matter to you?
- What are the top 3 things that you want to accomplish in 2023 in your personal life? Why do they matter to you?
- What will you make more time for in 2023?
- What will you say no to in 2023?
- What do you really want to say yes to in 2023?
- What will you do to nourish and restore yourself?