There are only a couple of weeks left of the year. We’re all rushing around trying to balance commitments with family and friends, school, shopping, festive events, and a thousand other things that we have to get done at this time of year. And that’s before we get enough done to allow us to wind things up on the work front. We all need a bit of time off after all! But then before we know it, the New Year will be upon us. So what should we be thinking about when it comes to how to prepare for 2023?

Why should we prepare for 2023?

If things are so crazy at this time of year though, why should we take time away from the daily running of our businesses to prepare for 2023? Why can’t we, on 1st January, carry on exactly as we were on 31st December? Well, because when prepare and plan, we set a direction. And a business without a direction is like a ship, drifting, and being carried along by the wind. Instead, remember – as the great Jim Rohn said:

Never begin the day unless it is finished on paper.

Jim Rohn

1) Review what’s gone well, and what not so well

I’m a firm believer in the fact that everything that has gone before – our whole story – is what has brought us to where we are today. So to prepare for something, we need to know where we are.

2) Acknowledge our dreams

Whereas step 1 of how to prepare for 2023 was about understanding where we are and how we got there, step 2 is about understanding where we’re going. And as strange as it may seem to think so far ahead, we need to acknowledge our dreams further into the future. 1, 3 and 5 years from now. Essentially, capturing our ‘big’ goals for the short- medium- and longer term.

3) Plan to achieve them

This third step is to take the first, big 12 month goal, and work backwards from it. Break it down; work out what needs to be done and in what order. Then you’ll be fully equipped to move forward, knowing where you’re heading and how to get there.

Commit, and be held accountable

The final thing to think about when it comes to how to prepare for 2023, is how you’re going to make sure you deliver. And this is where committing to your goals, and being held accountable for them, comes in.

Regardless of having the best of intentions, don’t fall into the trap of coming up with a plan and then leaving it on a shelf for the rest of the year. Instead, make 2023 the year where you tell someone what you’re doing. This might be a friend or a fellow business owner, or it might be a business coach or mentor. Then ask them to check in with you over the months to come. Having someone hold you accountable for your actions and for your progress will make a massive difference to what you achieve.

Indeed, accountability is a key benefit of working with a business coach, and one that I take very seriously. If you choose to work with me in 2023, I will meet with you every two weeks to set goals, review progress and to work together to move your business forward.

On the other hand, if it’s just an initial catalyst that you need to get your 2023 planning underway, come along to our January business planning workshop. Tickets are strictly limited, but you can grab one here. And if you book before Christmas Day, you can get 10% off with the code XMAS10!