Looking back to mark change

I am normally not a fan of spending too much time thinking about the past. My wife would read that sentence and quickly point out that I have a habit of watching music videos from the 80’s and talking about the good ol’ days too much but seriously, that is not a regular habit of mine.

I am not really much of a history buff. I don’t have an interest in knowing the dates and particulars of the innumerable battles that have changed history but still rage on today. I am more interested in what is happening right here, right now. I realize there is value in knowing our history but too much time thinking about the past leaves too little time for changing the course of our future.

One of the benefits I see in self-reflection is that it can be a marker for how far you have come. If you are interested in self-improvement, looking back over a year or so can show measurable change. If there is no change or regression, it is an opportunity to implement a new tactic. When you look back and see that there is improvement, it is evidence that your daily efforts are making a difference.

We recently celebrated our one year birthday at Ekahi. It provided an excellent opportunity to look back over the past year and see how far we have come. Our family has grown significantly and our classes and offerings are getting better and better. We are becoming the center we dreamed of many months before opening. We are now setting new goals and are striving to be even better in 2015/2016.  Thank you to everyone who has helped grow our business.

I once blogged about the 20/80/20 rule. I like to spend 20% of my time reflecting on the past, 80% on the present, and 20% dreaming and planning for the future.

Where do you spend most of your time?