Are you a front windshield or rearview mirror thinker? This time of year you will see many articles focusing on goal setting and new years resolutions. Those are worthy and valuable topics but I want to take a deeper dive into our though process in the hopes it will help you as you plan to have a successful 2017.
When you think about how you view your life are you focused on the past or on the future? I have heard it described as focusing on looking out the front windshield when you are driving vs. constantly checking the rearview mirror. When you drive a car you have to focus on the road ahead (the future) or you risk serious injury to yourself and others by only focusing on looking out the rearview mirror (the past). When you think about 2016 for some of us it was a great year and for some it was a rough year. I imagine it was a little bit of both for most people. Regardless of how good or bad 2016 was, if you only focus on what went wrong it will assuredly negatively impact 2017. When I look back at the goals I set for 2016 I accomplished some of them but I also failed at a few. It is disappointing to admit, but I missed the mark on some of my goals. Now what can I do with that information?
Unfortunately having a good memory can be a detriment to our success when it comes to dwelling on the past. One of the best attributes of a quarterback is his ability to forget the last interception he throws. If he dwells on his mistake he is prone to be too scared and too cautious to make the big plays that are needed when the opportunity develops. We need to adopt the same mindset. All of us had failures in 2016 but we have to let them go and be ready for the opportunities we have in 2017.
Here is what I suggest, write down the goals you did not achieve or any other kind of failure from 2016 that is bothering you. mentally accept and acknowledge you didn't accomplish what you needed to in those areas. Now crumple up the piece of paper and throw it away. It is over and time to move on.
2017 is a blank slate. Everything that you want to accomplish is waiting for you if you put in the work and build it. Don't let the mistakes of the past ruin your future. Keep your focus on what lies ahead and make it happen!
J. Matthew King, Co-founder