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What are your predictions for 2023?

Do this to sharpen your soothsaying skills...

 
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ATLSHERPA

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Seize the hidden opportunity that presents itself this weekend, as the sun sets on 2022 and rises on 2023...

In addition to engaging in nostalgic look-backs, well-intentioned resolutions and goal-driven business plans, I would encourage you to use this time to learn something very important about yourself — How good are you at interpreting the world around you? How good are you at predicting the future??

Here’s how to do it…

  1. Open your calendar (Google Calendar, Outlook, etc.) and create an event for December 31, 2023. Give it a title like, “My 2023 Predictions.” Set an alarm to remind yourself of that event for 12/31/23.

  2. In the notes section of that event, record 10–20 things that you believe will happen in 2023. Attach a document if you need more room to type.

  3. For the purposes of this exercise, focus on things (events) that you think will happen rather than things you want to happen. Goal-setting is fine, but that’s a different exercise.

  4. Use the “Pump Primers” below to get the blood flowing in your brain.

  5. You might want to categorize your predictions. For example, make 2–3 predictions for each of the following…

    1. Economics

    2. Geopolitics

    3. Innovation & Technology

    4. Investments

    5. Media (mainstream / social)

    6. Politics

    7. Popular Culture

    8. Real Estate

    9. Society

    10. Sports

    11. Transportation & Mobility

    12. Workplace

  6. Your predictions can be actual events that you think will occur in 2023 and/or changes or trends that you believe will take place in the new year.

  7. To give this exercise some “teeth,” be sure to include your reasoning or rationale for your predictions. That is, why do you believe these things will happen.

  8. For maximum benefit, record an audio or video of you verbally (visually) articulating your predictions. You don’t have to share this with anyone.

  9. On December 31, 2023, when the reminder pops up, block out some time to review your predictions. Make notes of what you got right and what you got wrong. What assumptions did you make? Which ones were spot on? Which ones were off base?

  10. Repeat the exercise for 2024. Make this an annual event. If you found it helpful, encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China and a major event in some other East Asian countries. Chinese New Year 2023 will fall on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023. In 2023, we ring in the Year of the Rabbit, one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The animal designations of the zodiac follow a 12-year cycle and are always used in the same sequence. Those born in the Year of the Rabbit are said to be talented at many things. They are affectionate people, often excelling at forming close relationships. However, they also appreciate tranquility and seek out peace. You’re a rabbit, if you were born in: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011.

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