“I will keep constant watch over myself and-most usefully-will put each day up for review. For this is what makes us evil-that none of us look back upon our own lives. We reflect upon only that which we are about to do. And yet are plans for the future descend from the past.”
-Seneca, Moral Letters, 83.2
What gets measured gets managed. I keep saying it. Begin to document your journey through life. It is such an effective way to recall you best and worse actions of the day. Whenever you are stuck or in need of some guidance, you’ll know where to find it. Not only do you know where to find it, but you then know in detail exactly what you were doing and how you were feeling when having a great or bad day. It is like a good football coach going back and watching the previous games tapes, learning from it, then making iterations along the way to serve his team best.
It is not about dawning on the past and focusing on the negatives. It is about learning from the past as it was the path that got you to this very moment.
I challenge you to put each day up for review as it were your last. Ask yourself the tough questions and answer them honestly.
• Did I do what I set out to do today?
• If not, what was I doing instead?
• Did I even have clear goals set for the day?
• How did I add value to others?
• What am I grateful for?
You may have good intentions of growing but keep all your days’ notes in your head. Get them out of your head and onto paper. This way you can effectively draw positives and negatives from that day and use that data to make tomorrow better and more in line with your end goal.