Re-engineering the past for the future

  • Mittlearn
  • November 16, 2022

In the wake of the global recession, many companies faced with slowing growth or actual market declines turned to re-engineering as a tool for survival. The dominant corporate initiative of the 1990s was re-engineering.

What is Re-engineering?

Re-engineering is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as the process of changing and improving the design of a product or system. Re-engineering is the examination and alteration of a system to reconstitute it in a new form.

Re-engineering your past

What’s a better way to figure out how to succeed than by looking back at how you’ve already achieved in the past?

Re-engineering past successes to identify how you made them happen will give you a significant advantage the next time you have something else you need to work toward by making it measurable. In this way, you’ll know exactly what needs to be done so that you and your new goals can succeed in the future.

  1. Identifying your past achievements
    Whether you are using paper, a spreadsheet, or a mind map program like Xmind, make a list of your accomplishments, things you are proud of, or things you were hard-pressed to achieve.
  2. Find out what best practices got you there
    Take a look at each of the accomplishments on the list above and consider how you achieved them. It entails taking a close look at your past accomplishments and attempting to re-engineer what made them successful. Add it to the list under the relevant achievement if your answer is yes. It is crucial to keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to approach this situation. Here is a list of questions from the 8 methods of success:
    • Innovation How did you achieve that achievement? Did you approach it in an innovative, new way that was never done before?
    • Structure You achieved that success by following established structures like step-by-step guides, project plans, worksheets, etc. that other successful people had used before you?
    • Self-study Have you achieved this success through your own learning and learning?
    • Enjoyment Did you achieve this result by following what you found fun and enjoyable, or by making the process fun and enjoyable?
    • Guided study Did you work with a teacher, coach, or mentor to achieve this outcome?
    • Collaboration Did you achieve this success by working and collaborating with others (for example, in a mastermind, a group like AA, or studying with a team)?
  • Practice Have you achieved this success by developing long-term habits that take some time each day?
  • Motivation Did you achieve this success by following a strong drive, desire, and inner curiosity?
  1. Tallying up your best practices to find out what you’ve used the most
    Then look at the list of achievements and associated best practices to see which ones appear more often. All that’s left to do is count. Find the three that come up the most and write them down. that’s all! You have found the top three ways to achieve success. You may have created an entirely new combination using methods you added yourself. It’s all about which method works best for you. So, modify and customize as needed.
  2. Using your top three methods of success to achieve future goals
    The next time you have a different goal or something new that you don’t know where to start, take a look at your top three techniques for success. They not only remind you how you should personally approach the project, but you already know that they work. This will give you the confidence to succeed again.