Now that you've looked back and learned from what went right, take a look back and ask yourself the flipside - what went wrong? This isn't an exercise in self-flagellation. We're not interested in looking at what went wrong to give the inner critic more reasons to beat us over the head. We want to see what gifts those experiences have that we can build on in the future.
So after making a list of what went wrong, ask yourself, "Why?" Why did that go wrong? What was behind it? How did I contribute to that? How did external circumstances contribute to that? What did I have control over? What could I have done differently?
Once again, the last step is one of distillation into nuggets of insight you can put to use in the future. Things like...
"When I ______, it got in the way of success."
"When I didn't ______, what I tried didn't work."
"When I didn't ask for _______, things didn't go as well."
Mistakes and failures are some of the best investments you can make in your future success - if you're willing to look at them and learn.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM