Stop looking in the rear vision mirror

Most people head forward with their head firmly stuck in the rear vision mirror. No wonder we hit something we weren’t aiming for.

Having said that, there are times for reflection. My business partner and good buddy Dave Rogers wrote a book a few years ago called -‘Reflect Back – Manifest Forward’ In fact Christmas is the perfect time to do just that. So here are some questions for you?

1. What were the five greatest moments you had this year and why?

2. What are the five things you have found most challenging this year and why?

3. What are the five biggest learnings you have had?

These are great questions for you to ask yourself. You see goal setting should be done in three sections.


Baseline goals are the basic bread and butter goals, like paying the rent, putting food on the table and general living and business expenses. So baseline goals are those that cover all these bases and allow you to sleep well at night.


Stretch goals are completed for the next level of ‘stuff’ you want. Lets say you want to go on a safari next year, which will cost $10,000. This is a stretch goal, not ordinary but definetly not unattainable. If you wanted to go in September, then you may need to achieve it by July, thus in 25 weeks you would need to attain $400 more net revenue each week. It’s suddenly doesn’t seem so hard does it. (But don’t forget tax etc)

Grand Slam

A Grand Slam goal is ‘the lotto winner’. The one that is going to make you an overnight success. The issue is most people spend all their time on this one. This needs planning, it’s own board of advisers, a management team and some bean counters. This is where all the expertise is.

Over the year end start to settle your baseline and stretch goals. If there is something you want to work on you may even wish to consider my priority success coaching. A simple and easy process for you. Click here

Have a great end to 2010 and I wish you every success for 2011


Author: Mike Handcock

Mike Handcock is the Chairman and Founder of Rock Your Life, a global transformational company focussing on helping everyone play a bigger game and have a more extraordinary life. We work with some incredible people globally and create the most extraordinary adventures, workshops, books and programs.

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