I love walking on a beach, and to be specific, a beach next to an ocean. It is so relaxing. The feel of the sand between your toes… The sound of waves in your ears… The cares of the world melt away with every step. If you get a chance to walk in the evening and enjoy a sunset, it makes the experience that much better!
When you walk on the beach, your feet make an impression in the sand – a footprint. If you stop and look back, you can see a trail of footprints behind you. This trail maps out the course you took to get to your current location. It also leaves evidence that you were once standing where that footprint was made.
Just like a walk on the beach leaves an impression in the sand, your walk through life leaves impressions on the people and things around you. It is my hope that you will stop for a moment, look back and see the impact of those impressions. This is a simple definition of your legacy. While looking back, I encourage you to look at these areas.
Life is filled with relationships. You have family, friends and co-workers. People are everywhere.
What do you want them to say about you when you’re gone? Image people are standing in line at your funeral. What will be the topic of conversations in the line? What are people saying about you now? If they are not saying what you would like them to say, what do you need to change about you?
Take an honest assessment of your health right now. Are you happy with the way you feel? Are you happy with the way you look? If you are not, what will you do differently today to help you get there tomorrow?
How do you handle your finances? Is there always more month than money? I read somewhere that rich people buy assets, middle class people buy liabilities, and poor people buy stuff. What do you surround yourself with when it comes to money: assets, liabilities, or stuff? What will you do to improve how you handle your money?
What are you striving to accomplish with your career? What are you doing to improve your ability to positively impact those who you work for, those you work with or those who work for you? What can you do to make the world a better place through your efforts at work?
What are some other ways you can leave a legacy?