“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”
Get out your journal and write your own eulogy and the legacy you will be leaving.
What would people say about you if you were to die tomorrow? Does that match with the legacy you want to leave?
More often than not, when faced with this exercise, individuals find that there are many things they wish to accomplish in their lives. It is important to set powerful goals.
Following are a few exercises that are useful in determining goals. As you are completing these exercises think about the following areas in your life:
Personal/Spiritual Development – What do you do to increase your knowledge? Do you have hobbies? Are you part of a religious group?
Family – What would a great family life look like to you?
Health/Self Care – Is your body in the best shape it can be?
Financial/Career – If you won a million dollars would you have the same career? How could you help others?
Leisure/Fun/Friends – What do you do to relax? If you started over tomorrow would you choose the same friends? Are they a positive influence in your life? Do they build you up or tear you down?
Physical Environment – Is your environment clean, peaceful, organized? Do you live where you want to live?
All of these areas should balance in a way that makes you feel great doing them everyday.
1. Create a bucket list.
A lot of us have a small bucket list in the back of our minds and somewhere in that list are hidden goals. This exercise is one of the easiest ways to more clearly see those goals.
Write everything you have always wanted to do in life before you die. Nothing is off limits. Be as specific as possible as you write everything down. Then go back and prioritize the top 100. Yes 100!
2. Imagine what you would do if you only had one year to live.
What would be important to you? How would you spend your time?
3. Imagine you won the lottery.
If money were no longer an issue what life would you live?
Cross reference your answers to these three exercises and this will give you an idea of what you want to accomplish and the legacy you would like to leave.
Set some specific life goals that will contribute to your legacy.
“Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.”