What is Your Thinking Backwards Checklist? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 519

Steve Jobs said, “you can only connect the dots looking backwards.” I believe that year-end is the perfect time to connect these dots by reflecting on your accomplishments and analyzing them thinking backwards.

As you review the checklist I prepared below, I suggest, for each of the items, you reflect, and identify:

  • Where are you today?
  • What steps (going backwards) have you taken this year to get here?
  • What actions will you take in the upcoming year to expand and dramatically improve?

Here is my thinking backwards checklist:

  1. Success analysis
  2. Items and tasks to eliminate or decrease
  3. Leverage your energy
  4. Financial position
  5. Health and fitness
  6. Spirituality
  7. Your impact on others
  8. Contributions
  9. Grateful for and grateful to
  10. Time to relax and invigorate
  11. Relationships, friendships, and family
  12. Meeting interesting and thought-provoking individuals
  13. Embracing new developmental experiences
  14. Reading, learning, exploring
  15. Creating new products and services and innovations
  16. Raising the bar with technology, socials media and web presence (strategy, content, marketing)
  17. Reaching or exceeding your business and personal goals
  18. Accountability – staying on track
  19. Creating an action plan, scheduling, and taking action
  20. Your legacy

Although year-end is the perfect time to reflect and evaluate on these questions, I think we ought to review these questions monthly to make sure we stay on track, reach our goals, and improve our lives. 

I want to thank you for your continued support and for being a part of my life.

I say it’s now time to celebrate and reward yourself.

Happy New Year!



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