Measure Backwards

I was meeting with two leaders for lunch a few weeks ago and we were discussing goals. I mentioned that sometimes I get frustrated because there is so much I want to do and become and it seems like I’m never making the progress I would like to make.

One of the leaders looked at me and said, “You know, I have the same problem. We are type A’s. We are always going to want to accomplish more. We will never get to a place where we are satisfied with what we have done. One thing that has helped me is to measure backwards.”

“Measure backwards?” I said.

“Yea. Instead of focusing so much on what is ahead, take some time to focus on how far you have come. When you realize how far you have come, you won’t be so frustrated with where you are.”


That is some good advice! If you find yourself frustrated that you are not as far as you’d like to be, think about how far you’ve come. Joyce Meyer often says, “I’m not where I’m supposed to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be.” 

Keith Moore encourages people to think about how far God has brought them in the last 5 years. What if He brings you that far again in the next five years? Where would you be?”

If you will take time to measure backwards, I believe you’ll find that you are doing a lot better than you think you are.It will also help you realize that growth and accomplishment take time. One day, the things you are trying to accomplish today will be in your review mirror, so learn to enjoy where you are at right now.

Think back over the past five to ten years. How much have you grown? How much have you accomplished?

Be grateful for how far you have come.

Measure backwards.


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