History, tradition and personal journey
Last week, I celebrated a milestone birthday.
A couple of days later at my birthday family gathering, I was then given the original telegram that announced my birth to my grandfather who, at that time, was yet to get a phone installed.
And also among my gifts, I got tickets to one of the final games for West Ham (I’m a fan; as is my father, both my grandfathers, all my uncles … and so on) at The Boleyn Ground: the home of the Hammers since 1904 – but no more when they complete their move to the Olympic Stadium this summer.
And so these past few days, I’ve been all about history and tradition and personal journey. And it’s been really useful thinking. But how often do we really reflect in such terms?
Q. How often do we stop and acknowledge just how far we’ve come?
Conducting a productive retrospective
When working to achieve goals and progress plans, it’s really important to know where we are and where we’re headed. But when that’s the sole focus, it can quickly turn to overwhelm: with everything that’s yet to do. We lose sight of how far we’ve already come.
To help keep a healthy perspective, stop for a moment and acknowledge your journey. Make your retrospective as productive as possible by asking yourself these questions:
- What do you want to acknowledge yourself for?
- What recent achievements have you been overlooking?
- Which of your achievements are you most proud of?
- What is most different for you now?
- Where will you go next with this?
The springboard for your next step
Where we are in our journey can help ground us: with useful perspective on the past; and motivating direction for the future. So on occasion, stop and acknowledge just how far you’ve come. You’ve probably done a lot more than you think you have.