What's Your Legacy? November 11, 2018 23:43
It's non-negotiable: You will leave a legacy. The question isn’t whether you'll leave a legacy but what legacy you will leave.
Have you ever stopped to think about how you will be remembered? I mean, when you are gone what will they say? On the other hand, you might wonder if you will be remembered at all.
You can dodge the questions for quite some time. Why am I here? What will I leave behind? But, eventually, as you age, the clock and calendar force you to make a move. We all eventually reach our own philosophical puberty and realize that these questions call for-in fact, demand-answers. To arrive at the point that you think seriously about your legacy, you must first reach a level of reality and commitment that represents an eternity to follow.
Retire into yourself and think. The great part of considering your legacy is the clarity it brings to daily decisions. Each decision moves you closer to or further from your legacy. Your legacy offers advice on how to live in the present in order to be remembered well when you are gone.
“Your legacy is defined within your actions not your words.”
We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right. Live your life with class, dignity, and style so that an exclamation, rather than a question mark, signifies it! We are often told we first have to go to school, then get a job, and finally retire. That is our life. By conforming society, we miss out on truly following our passion. Go against the grain! Use whatever time you have to make your dreams come true, and do something meaningful. Simply being happy isn’t the same thing as living with passion and meaning. Anybody can be happy. Buy a new car and that will make you happy – but you'll learn soon enough that is only temporary happiness. Living a life full of passion and meaning is much more permanent.
Often, we are judged based on how much money we make from our job, how big our house is, or what kind of car we drive. The reality though, is that none of this matters in the long run. People will only remember you by the type of impact you had on the world.
If you could realize all your dreams and wealth and fame you’ll find it’s not where you're going to find your sense of completion. The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is. How will you serve the world? How can your talent serve others
Here are a few key points to think about when building your legacy:
- Live your purpose
Do what drives you, and nobody else. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from doing that. We each contribute in our individual way and each is unique to our skills and talents.
- Engage fully
When we’re in the midst of life, we’re engaged in living. We’re too busy to look around and calculate what everyone thinks of what we’re doing. So get engaged fully in what’s important to you. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks of it. Immerse yourself in life — joyfully and completely.
- Stay in integrity
Remain true to your thoughts, words, and actions. That in itself, is inspirational. A leader is someone who impacts and inspires others by living with integrity. Live your purpose and show by example. You will inspire others who see you living your truthful life.
- Honesty counts
We all fall and we all make mistakes. If we didn’t we wouldn’t be human. Nobody’s perfect so don’t try to pretend you are.
All of these points can be summed up into one driving principle: be yourself and live your true purpose and inspire through our own actions. So what legacy awaits you? When you take your final bow, who will you be? How will you enter eternity? Will you be just a footnote in history? Every day the plot thickens, the cement hardens, the mystery deepens. Live to answer and honor these questions, because when it comes to your legacy, everything counts!
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