Setting goals is a crucial part of our lives. Sometimes we hit the mark, and sometimes we don't quite get there. But the one thing that can help us move forward is not just in setting goals but in learning from the ones we've set before.
Today, I'd like to focus on how we can learn from our past goals so we can improve our planning, whether for our businesses or our personal lives.
Reflecting on Past Goals
Take a moment to think about the goals you've set in the past. What worked out well? What didn't? Maybe you wanted to start a new exercise routine or learn a new skill. Did you achieve it? If yes, how did you make it happen? If not, why do you think it didn't work out? Reflecting on these questions helps us understand our journey better.
It's important to look at both our successes and our stumbles. When you achieved a goal, what actions did you take that made it happen? And when you fell short, what obstacles got in your way? By analyzing both, we can learn what methods and habits work best for us and what might need a change.
Extracting Lessons Learned
Think about the lessons you've learned along the way. Did you realize that planning smaller steps helped you achieve a goal? Or maybe you learned that trying to do too much at once caused setbacks. These insights, whether big or small, are valuable clues for the future.
As you set new goals, use what you've learned from the past. Make your goals clear, specific, and achievable. If setting a big goal seems overwhelming, break it down into smaller, manageable steps. This way, you're building on your past experiences to set yourself up for success.
Learning from Past Goals: My Own Story
Allow me to share my story. I started my business journey when I was 26 and money was tight, but I was determined to steer clear of the regular job scene. Joining a global e-commerce business in Personal Development turned things around, bringing in over $100,000 a month in just seven months and introducing me to my life and work partner, my husband Shane Krider.
Looking back, those tough times taught me a lot about planning for the future. Challenges showed me how to bounce back, and struggles with money made me value careful planning. Every setback was a lesson. Now, I'm all about learning from past goals. Learning from what worked and what didn't helps me set smarter and achievable goals. So, whether it's business or life, taking lessons from the past has helped me plan my way forward.
Implementing Changes and Adjustments
Being flexible is key. If you've discovered what didn't work before, consider adjusting your approach. Maybe it's about changing your schedule or seeking support from others. Adapt your plans based on what you've learned to increase your chances of reaching your goals.
Learning from our past is a powerful tool for shaping our future. So, take a moment to reflect on your journey, embrace the lessons learned, and use them as stepping stones for your next adventure. Success comes when we've used what we learned to keep moving forward.