Lead with Legacy

by Lean Scullard | LMS Productions, LLC

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When it comes to goal-setting—New Year’s resolutions, 1-year goals, even a 5-year plan—your goal is bound to fail if you haven’t first defined what you want the legacy of your life to be. Leading with Legacy is the first step to waking up every day with clarity and purpose.

Dr. Stephen Covey refers to this as beginning with the end in mind. Your legacy isn’t about your accomplishments, the jobs you had, the car you drove, or the size of your house. In fact, legacy isn’t even about you. It’s about what others will remember you for. It’s about the impact you had on their life, the impact you had on your world.

Trying to plan your day or set goals in your life without figuring out who you want to be in the end is like taking a trip without a map or directions; it’s like flipping a coin to go right or left. You’re going to end up somewhere, but it may not be the place you were hoping for.

If you’ve never taken a moment to think about the legacy you are creating for yourself each day, I recommend a visualization exercise to help you discover what you want your legacy to be. This 4 minute exercise can be found on my website.

You can also reflect on this by answering a few questions about what you hope people will say about you at the end of your life. Imagine you are at an event, late in life, maybe your 80th birthday party or retirement. One by one, people start coming over to tell you how you’ve impacted their life and what they’ll remember most. How might they finish the following sentences about you?:

  • You were always so…
  • You really loved…
  • I always thought it was incredible how you…
  • You always made me feel…
  • You taught me…
  • You’ve always made me want to…

If you decide now who you want to be in the end, and what you want others to remember about you, it will help guide you through every decision you make, regardless of the ups and down in life. When faced with challenges you can ask yourself, “What do I need to do to keep my legacy alive?” Big challenges and tough decisions become so clear when you know what you want your life to look like at the end.


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Lena’s insights on each step of MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: 10 STEPS TO ACHIEVING A LIFE AND GOALS WITH PURPOSE can be found on her blog at www.lenascullard.com/blog. You can also follow her on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter, @LenaScullard.

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