Look Back, Look Down, Look Forward

Sometimes, on a Dragon Hunt, you’re afforded a natural point at which to stop and review your progress, and carry out a course correction to get you where you want to go.  Unfortunately, if you wait for these points to come along, you’ll find that Dragon Hunts take far longer than expected.

The reason for this is simple.  Natural review points happen when you have completed a task or a series of tasks.  But, just because you’ve got some momentum on a task, doesn’t mean it’s taking you in the right direction. 

This is why you have to carry out constant reviews.  You have to find a vantage point, and if you can’t find one, build one.  Somewhere you can get a birds eye view.  Where you can look back at what you’ve done, look down at what you’re currently doing, and look forward to what you’re intending to do.

Looking back allows you to evaluate what you’ve done.  What has worked well for you, what you’ve struggled with. Identifying these patterns makes it possible to apply the good things going forward, and avoid making the same mistakes.

Looking forward makes sure that you keep your eye on the end game, the next waypoint.  You can also see potential obstacles and start figuring out ways to go around, over or through them.  Or, if they seem truly insurmountable, a way of avoiding them altogether.

Looking down makes sure you’re still on track.  Makes sure that the direction you’re traveling is the direction you should be going.  Ensures that if your destination is on the left, that the path you’re on isn’t leading you to the right.

You want to do this often.  Good patterns you want to replicate often, bad patterns you want to eliminate. If you can correct your course early you have to travel a shorter distance back to the correct path. And if you can see problems before you get to them, you can have multiple contingencies in place.

Climb a tree, carry a ladder, build a damn tower, but make sure you look, and make sure you do it often!

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