Tomorrow I am presenting to Big Brothers Big Sister and their Princeton University mentors on goal setting. I absolutely love goal setting although I am amazed at how few people actually do it.
Goal setting is, of course, forward-looking but I always ask people to look back as well. In addition to “Where do you want to be 1, 3, and 5 years, I always ask “Where were you a year ago?” We need to know that before we look forward because that’s where our propellant is to thrust these goals forward.
So, where were you a year ago? We don’t look back to feel bad about ourselves, we look back to see what we did and didn’t accomplish. Celebrate the wins! Circle the misses. Jot down what was forgotten completely. After looking back, it is a whole lot easier to look forward. There are some huge messages for us if we will take the time to look back first. Don’t move forward without them.