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What’s Behind Me?

Do you have friends who have an uncanny ability to remember quotes from movies?

Well, I am not one of those people, but occasionally a movie quote comes along that is hard for even me to forget.  The 1976 film Gumball Rally was one of those.

Gumball Rally was a comedy movie about an illicit coast-to-coast race.  In one memorable scene a contestant (an Italian racer) is sitting in his race car with his teammate before the start of the race.  He turns to his teammate and proclaims, “And now my friend, the first rule of Italian driving: What’s behind me is not important.”  Simultaneously, he rips the rear-view mirror off its base and throws it in the backseat.  While humorous and maybe applicable to Italian driving, as we approach the end of 2021, this viewpoint might not be a recommended approach for your personal or professional life.

At Milestone Leadership we believe in the power of reflection.

Very often as leaders we fail to pause long enough to look back and learn.

Before 2021 ends and before we rush into 2022, it might help to stop and ask some important questions like these:

  • What was the most important lesson you learned this year?
  • What new skills did you learn? How did you grow?
  • Who did you invest in and grow this past year?
  • What did you say you wanted to accomplish this year and how did you do?
  • What fueled your success, or what got in the way of your success?
  • Of what are you most proud?
  • Who or what had the most impact on your life or business?
  • How did your year reflect your values?
  • Reviewing the past year, what advice would you give yourself?

Being able to stop, reflect in a healthy way and use the knowledge you have gained from the past to help guide you into the future is a very powerful way to grow yourself and impact those around you.

As this year comes to close and we pause and reflect here at Milestone, we are incredibly grateful for the hundreds of clients who have offered us the privilege of serving their leadership development needs.

Our success can be directly attributed to you.


Written by: Alex Cornett, Partner – Milestone Leadership

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