Looking Back and Looking Ahead: 2013 Trends

I get nostalgic during this quiet week between holidays. Its fun to look back to see all the changes that have occurred and then to look forward into the brand new year.

First, congratulate you on making it through the wild ride of 2012. It was a year of intense change for everyone I know, including myself. Some of the changes were joyful, some heart-wrenching but each change and challenge helped us to become stronger and more resilient.

The game of life and business has changed. People are seeking connection, truth, and integrity. The old ways of smoke and mirrors marketing, shady techniques, and hype-filled claims of instant riches are fading away – Hooray!

Some of the Internet marketers who were all the rage ten years ago are nowhere to be found today. We’re seeing a new group of leaders emerge; thought leaders with a heart centered message and a ‘good guy’ mindset.

This is a time worth celebrating!

So, on this very last weekend of 2012, I invite you to reflect on these questions in your journal:
1. How have I grown over the past year?
2. What do I need to let go of and forgive myself/others for?
3. How can I be more of myself in 2013 in my life, my writing, and my business?

Then, take some paper and write a list of what would make your heart sing in 2013. Set your intentions for what you want to experience and how you want to feel. Put that paper in a safe place and don’t look at it until this time next year. You will be amazed at how many things on your list come to life.

This is an old exercise, a classic shall we say, but it works. Clean the slate by journaling about your past year, forgive where needed, and then set your course for the year ahead by setting intentions.

My wish is that you step into 2013 with your heart wide open, willing to share who you really are in your writing and in your work.

Happy New Year!

P.S. Here are a few trends I’m seeing that may be helpful to consider.
***More direct teaching- you’ve asked and I’ve listened. Look forward to more training from me in 2013. The first one will be coming up on Jan 8. How can you give your clients more of you?

***More conversation and connection-I’m seeing a decline in the popularity of home study courses and passive programs with an increase in 1:1 instruction and participatory experiences. People want connection and support more than just knowledge today.

***More done-for-you services- many people just don’t want to learn how to create a website or program their shopping cart. I predict an increase in outsourcing over 2013 but with vendors who can deliver results that bring in income.

***More unique programs and books- the cookie cutter approach to life and business isn’t working any more. Building on your unique viewpoints, experiences, and yes, your quirks, will become increasingly important in a crowded marketplace. I’m going to help you embrace this concept in the training call on Jan 8.

What do you think about these trends?

Add your comments below:

Comments 7

  • Hi Lynne,
    Great post.
    Looking forward to 2013 and all the incredible, new possibilities it brings. I really liked your comments on the trends. I will incorporate that information into future work that I do.
    Happy New Years
    Vicky

  • Lynne, I agree with every word of that. 2013 is going to be an amazing year.

    Cheers,

    Pam

  • Lynne, so glad to read your post today! Your predictions certainly hit home for me. I especially love the fact that you have been listening deeply on so many levels and will be offering even more 1-1 support and participatory events. I have heard, felt and sensed such a huge need from not only authors but so many people in general for feedback and interaction. It has been amazing to be a part of your tribe and be included in what you bring to the world – especially for us as authors. When we have all gotten together with you and shared our journeys, we have all moved forward and I can only think how much more amazing that it would be to have more of an opportunity in the future to come together and/in support of each other and our individual journeys. You are such a blessing to us – wishing you a powerful and prosperous 2013. Much love and kittyhuggs!

  • Lynne,
    I absolutely agree that home study courses are declining in popularity. The main reason is that people are so busy that they purchase them and never find the time to use them. Purchasing a “live” course and participating is the way to go!
    All my best to you in 2013.
    Angela

  • Thought-provoking blog, but as always the passion, warmth and kindness shine through in what you have to say.
    Bless you and yours for all that you do for us.
    You make our lives richer, just by being you.

  • Agree with your observations Lynne. You are so astute … as usual! I look forward to what you have to present on Jan 8! Happy New Year in your new home – will be fun to see how the locals ring in 2013, I’m sure … especially now that you’re one of them!
    Cheers, Dolly

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