Do we drive looking at the rear-view mirror?
Not really. While driving, we look through the windshield and look at the rear-view mirror (only) occasionally. When needed. For eg: when we are about to take a turn.
At work, in life, do we follow this?
When Richard Branson was asked about his best career advice for young people, he said it came from his mother — that ‘Never look back in regret — move on to the next thing.’
He continued — ‘The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures rather than putting that energy into another project always amazes me’.
The time and energy that we ascribe to the past events and experiences need to be put in perspective. If that becomes our ‘windshield’ view, it impacts our progress adversely. If it becomes our ‘rear-view’ mirror, it can be a guiding force when needed.
Spending our precious energy and attention to moving on, not looking back — makes immense sense.
Where am I putting my energies and attention — on windshield or rear-view mirror?