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February 25, 2013

Step 10: Regularly take time to review your goals and efforts

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You can't connect the dots looking forward. 

You can only connect them looking backwards.

- Steve Jobs

Sometimes, if all you're doing is focusing on your next goal, its very easy to forget how far you've come and gloss over what you've already achieved. That's not good. If you don't feel a sense of accomplishment along the way, then you will never reach your ultimate destination: your Glorious Musical Future.

You also need to keep an eye on whether you're getting where you set out to go and whether you still want the same things. These are difficult questions and your answers will change as your life and career develop and as new technologies become available. No matter how much an 18-year-old thinks they wanna-be a rock star forever, new desires and new opportunities will arise over 20 years.

Make a point of regularly revisiting where you set out to go, where you are and where you want to be - you might wake up one day and find that Your Glorious Musical Future lies miles from where you thought it would. And that's just fine!

Build into your plan a regular series of reviews:

  • Your business goals
  • Your personal goals
  • Your creative goals

It's vital to give yourself credit for your successes and think long and hard about where the failures went wrong and what you can do to get a better result next time. And it feels damn good to look at your successes and know that you have succeeded.

Step 10 Exercises

Look back over the exercises from the earlier steps. What will you do in the week after you leave this workshop?

  • Pick a something you want to achieve straight away after this workshop.
  • Write it as an SMART goal.
  • Plan to review it two weeks after this workshop:

    • How will you know whether you did it?
    • How will you know whether it got you what you wanted?

Exercise to take home

Revisit all of the goals and plans you have created in this workshop. Set yourself reminders just after each deadline to review the goal & assess your success. 

Buy yourself a notebook and call it "My Successes". Each time you review a goal and decide that you've succeeded, write the date and the success in that notebook. Do this for everything, no matter how small your win was!

Every time you do this, tell your significant other(s) about it and ave a little celebration, then look at your next goal ...

If you're still looking for a little inspiration, here's Steve Jobs's Stanford address, from which the opening quote on this page was taken. You're welcome - enjoy!

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Posted by DrHuge at February 25, 2013 10:46 AM

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