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Look Back To Go Forward


As the new year approaches, it’s important to look back at the year that was, take any learnings and set goals for the new year.

We might be about to show our age here at mojo&co, but ‘don’t look back in anger’ is not just a superb Oasis song, it’s also a manta that is key to a healthy mindset. And at this time of year when we say goodbye to the last 12 months and hello to a brand-new year about to begin, the idea of looking back, not in anger, but in a clear, calm retrospective is one of the best ways to prepare you for the year ahead.

Looking back, evaluating, and moving on are all key aspects to our guided journals. We know that life doesn’t always go to plan, even if you take the time to plan it. There will always be unforeseen hiccups along the way, that’s why we encourage you to ‘bin’ anything you want to at the end of the week and move on.

So with 2022 around the corner , we want you to get your guided journal and a pen out and get recalling.

What went right?

It’s always good to start with something positive, so why not begin with making a list of the things that went right this past year. Write down each month and try and recall the small wins you had during those months. Remember you don’t have to only count the big achievements, in fact taking time to remember the small achievements you made are more important than the big stuff, as it will show you how much sustained progress you’ve made in the last 12 months, even when at times it may not have felt like it.

What went wrong?

Nothing in life goes right all of the time and as we’ve talked about before, failures are a very healthy part of success. So even though on the surface it might seem painful, try and take some time to remember those things that perhaps didn’t work out the way you had wanted to. Try and do this without dwelling on the negative emotions it might evoke. Instead try and be as detached as you can. Stick to the facts and remember that everyone has failures, but “you grow through what you go trough”, so what did you learn from going through those difficult times?

What was out of your control?

This is really important, especially over the last year when forces out of our control came along and may have ruined plans, derailed goals or just flat out sucked. Yes, Covid we’re looking at you. There’s been so much this year that was beyond the control of most of us and it can be hugely frustrating. However, it’s important to recognise that even the most ardent planners do not have a crystal ball and part of life is learning to be able to cope with the unexpected and in doing so you’ve made yourself much more resilient. So as annoying as these forces have been, they’ve actually made you a stronger, more adaptable person. Stay strong & try to focus on the things you can control.

What could you have done?

It’s always after the fact that most of us get that ‘ah ha’ moment. ‘I should have said this, or I should have done that.’ It’s very easy in hindsight, but often in the moment, we cannot see the road ahead so clearly. This is a really good opportunity to look back without judgment upon yourself and instead to clearly see steps you might have taken or things you could have done differently. Remember is all about learning, not berating yourself.

What are you leaving in 2021 & what are you taking into 2022?

Ideally, when you come to December and look back on your notes below each month, you’ll have a sense of what you’ve learned this year and we bet you’ll come away with an entire list of things you’d forgotten about or didn’t think were that important at the time. Hopefully this little exercise will have you ready to launch into 2022 and ready to take on the next 12 months armed with all the things you learned along the way in 2021.


 If you’d like to know more about our collection of beautiful, guided journals and letter writing sets, then why not head over to our online store www.mojoandco.ie or feel free to contact us info@mojoandco.ie.

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