Look Back

Look Back to Look Forward

“In evaluating ourselves, we tend to be long on our weaknesses and short on our strengths.”

-Craig D. Lounsbrough

It’s a new year and many of you will be working on setting new goals.  In this blog post, I want to recommend that you look back to 2017 and evaluate what happened so that your 2018 goals will be more meaningful and attainable. I’ve talked about the goal setting process in the past, (click here to see previous post) so I won’t cover that here.

Start off with listing out everything that you’ve accomplished – big or small, include them all. Don’t stress out about remembering everything. Then prepare to be amazed at everything you accomplished and pat yourself on the back. Find a way to celebrate your personal victories. If you are leading a team, did your team have some victories? Celebrate those too! It’s okay if you didn’t reach all of your goals as very few people achieve ALL of their goals.

There’s another list that is equally important. Where did you fall short, were challenged or failed? As you go through this list, what did you learn? Please know that this exercise isn’t to beat yourself up. This is strictly for you to evaluate and give you knowledge to shape your goals moving forward.

As you review 2017 and set your 2018 goals, here are some questions to consider:

  • Can you see a theme or pattern with the goals you did accomplish? Why is that?
  • Did you use your talents and strengths or develop new ones to reach them? Can you build on this information to achieve more success this year?
  • Are there things that still need to be resolved, things that you need to let go of, things that aren’t important to you anymore?
  • Did you put goals on your list because someone else wanted them to be on your list, even though you doubted or knew you couldn’t accomplish them?
  • Did you have too many goals? Did you have various types of goals – short-term, long-term, ongoing? Were any of your goals too easy to reach so you didn’t push yourself or too difficult or unrealistic so you gave up?
  • Were they hard to measure or not attached to deadlines? Can you be more specific this year?

I hope that this is your best year yet full of many achievements and personal and professional growth. I know that I’m looking forward to and working toward a successful 2018!

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