Reflecting on 2023: Unpacking Valuable Lessons for a New Year

Chapter 2023 Comes To A Close

In the ebb and flow of entrepreneurship, some chapters unfold unexpectedly, and 2023 was certainly one of those chapters. As 2023 is about to close, it’s time to unpack the valuable lessons of entrepreneurship that came my way. Many highs and lows filled this year but every year brings valuable lessons and for that I am grateful.

It would be so easy to walk away from entrepreneurship, worry about what others would think, or wallow in the lack of progress, but what good would that do me? Part of building a business requires being able to pick yourself up over and over again. Giving up would completely close the door on any progress and getting back up, while filled with challenges, can only lead me to possibilities.

I am A Public Speaking Coach

Yes, I am owning it. I learned a valuable lesson: it is never too late to pick up the mic again and coach women in public speaking skills. I know I have something to offer as women continue to reach out to me requesting my services. For a while, I struggled with the “coaching” title. Many coaches saturate the coaching world. I also wondered if I was even qualified to be a public speaking coach (yes, I am!). But I think back on the women who have benefited from my services, and the many women who will need my services; I know I have to keep doing this work.

Lessons from 2023

As I reflect on 2023, here are some lessons I learned along the road to entrepreneurship:

  1. Find and do something you love:  I spent a lot of time writing and working on my book. I still have a way to go but I’ve made some great progress. I am still working on my writing skills but I have truly found a love for writing. I could write all day long. Writing in a cafe is one of my favorite things to do. Having a beach/ocean/water view makes it a perfect day. I also have a newfound respect for writers. It takes a lot to write and complete a book. I can’t wait to see my work in print!
  1. Sometimes life requires lifing: My older daughter graduated from high school and started college. I wanted and needed nothing more than to enjoy the special moments of senior year. I juggled my day job, being present for my daughter’s senior year, college planning, and everything in between. Life was certainly “living”! Entrepreneurship had to pause and take a back seat. I embraced it all and I am okay with that. I am not behind. The valuable lesson here is to remember timing is everything and nothing is missing as Nicole Walers reminds us in her new book.
  1. Personal growth is part of the journey: Embracing personal growth is part of the journey; whether in life or business. The path to becoming your best self can often be paved with challenges. Every experience, both positive and negative, contributes to your personal growth. Finding ways to navigate through your personal growth is key. Meditation helped me get still and quiet to be in the present moment. Prayer gave me hope and peace. Mindfulness reminded me to focus on my thoughts and not linger in negativity or things outside my control.
  1. Self-reflection helps you assess where you’ve been and where you want to go: Self-reflection is a great tool to help evaluate where you are in life and business. You can look back and embrace where you’ve been so you can plan on how to move forward. It’s also an opportunity to gain a new perspective on your thoughts, actions, and emotions. The key is to self-reflect without judgment or frustration. Be kind to yourself. Acknowledge you did the best you could with the information you had. You can now use this information to move forward. There are so many valuable lessons in this process.
  1. Starting again is better than giving up: Starting again leads to new ideas, possibilities, and opportunities. Giving up leads to nothing. Wherever you are, you can start again and I am so excited to be starting again! Learning new ways to serve my clients best allows me to support them on their public speaking journey. I am working on some new offers and can’t wait to share them with you! It can be so valuable to focus on your client’s needs so you can best support them.
  1. Pivot is part of the entrepreneurship journey: You can have a vision for your business but as you execute, you realize there is another path or plan for your calling. Pivoting can lead you to finally being on the road to success but it’s important to have a strategy.  Once you pivot, give your business time to grow and flourish. Valuable lessons can come from pivoting, but don’t let it keep you from moving forward.
  1. Consistency is success for the long game: Once you have settled in your business, you need to be consistent. That is the only way to make progress. Consistency can be anywhere from doing something for your business 15 minutes a day to spending the whole day working away. Consistent effort, even in small doses, yields profound results over time. The power of consistency and commitment becomes the key to long-term success.

Hello, 2024!

As we get ready to begin a new year, I hope these lessons from 2023 will be a guiding light on your journey. May self-reflection illuminate your path, personal growth be your constant companion, starting again lead you to new beginnings, pivot be a strategy, and consistency be the steady beat leading you to success and a dream realized. And let courage carry you every step of the way!

Here’s to 2024!!

In love and courage,