Assessment before goal-setting

Thank you very much for your previous comments re the circumstances in the goal-setting. Could I please specify little bit better my question. I have seen several authors and coaches having some practices on how to assess where you are at the moment before setting goals. Some recommend to assess the last decade, year or just current facts. I was wondering if Brooke suggests some approach with this regard (before actually writing a goal) and if so where can I read about that? thanks