Determining Your Legacy

What legacy do you want to leave behind?

In Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People he writes about the four Ls of leadership: Live, Love, Laugh and Leave a Legacy. Leaving a legacy is an important part of being an effective leader, whether at home or in the office. To leave a legacy, you have to first be able to figure out what your legacy is.

In our latest book Get Momentum: How to Start When You’re Stuck we help you answer the question of what your legacy is by answering the first Momentum Question, “What do I want to be known for?”

At first, this question may seem like an easy one to answer, but you will soon discover there are many layers to it. Each layer will reveal something to you. Pay close attention to what gives you a sense of urgency and energy, where your money and time are being spent and what you are focusing on. These factors are helping to create your legacy. Spend some time today writing down what gives you the sense of energy or urgency that has motivated you to get to where you are now. Also write down where your money and time are being spent, as well as the things you are focused on. Getting everything on paper will help you see if what you are desiring for your legacy are in line with the way you are living. Once you clarify your vision and declare the direction you are headed, you will soon uncover the motivation you need to get started.

Here are a few tips to help you get momentum once you declare the legacy you wish to leave.

Make it easy to see where you are going.
Clarify the big question of “why”. What will achieving this goal mean to you?

Track your progress a month at a time.
Keep a weekly log with details about the process of progress. Reviewing your own notes will be not only inspiring but keep pushing you forward as you realize all the progress you have already made.

Focus on the feeling of achievement.

Not all days will be great days. Some days may not even been good days. Don’t let one bad day diminish the success you have made thus far. Let your success motivate and magnify what you’re doing!

You won’t be able to find the motivation you need if you don’t have a clear goal. Trust us on this. Without something out there you want to improve, to create or to experience, everything will feel like you’re just going through the motions.

So, what legacy do you want to leave? What do you want to be known for?

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