Take a look back before you begin your 2021 journey

My goal-setting process for 2021

My three-step process for looking back at last year

  1. Think big picture about the year. Was it good overall, bad, or somewhere in-between year for you? What were the top 3–5 things you wanted to accomplish? How many of them were you able to achieve?
  2. Review all of my annual goals. Yes, I achieved it. Check. No, I did not. X. Don’t be an easy grader. Be honest — no need to lie to yourself.
  3. Identify your top memories, challenges, and lessons learned for 2020. No need to generate a long list. Five or less seems sufficient to me.
Starting a new job was one of my top goals for 2020.

A few examples to help make this process real for your 2021 goals

2020 was a pretty good year for me.
I did not do well on this goal.

What is the key takeaway?

Don’t spend too much time looking back at last year.

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Doug Keating

Doug Keating

Leader and learner. husband and father. Novice blogger, www.lettertosons.com, Founder of All The Way Leadership! http://www.allthewayleadership.com/