When setting big goals, most people tend to focus on the future: The changes they hope to see and the results they want to bring about.
Yet those who find the most success know that while it is imperative to have a clear understanding of desired impact and outcome, it is equally important to reflect on the past.
What has worked, and what hasn’t? What already exists and how can that be improved?
Reflection also helps identify progress, a necessary element to encourage a chosen path or the perspective needed to make refining adjustments.
Before setting goals for the year to come, make time to consider what has worked for you — and what hasn’t. Goals are great, but they have a higher chance of coming to fruition when based in thoughtful research and careful consideration.