What is your Legacy?

PREFACE: I’ve had this blog on my mind all week.  It’s been a while since I have written and I was thinking of this very topic as my first after so long.  I had 90% of this writing complete and saved it as a draft this morning.  As I sat in church today, my pastor began speaking and I realized that his topic today was exactly in line with this very article.  He spoke of realizing  your purpose in life and leaving something to the world long after you are gone.  It’s times like these when I know that the work I do and the writings I share with the world are meant to occur.

Two Most Important DaysThis week I was watching “The Voice” and a song called “See you again” is being performed by Wiz Khalifa. The inspiring words are at the start:

It’s been a long day without you, my friend

And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again

We’ve come a long way from where we began

Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again

When I see you again

So many thoughts came to mind as I listen to these words. The one core though that stayed in my mind was how that, so many times in life, the moment is gone before we even realize it was happening.  It reminded me of another phrase that I heard just yesterday once again:

“Life is what happens while we are making plans”

Why are we unable to cherish and enjoy those special times in life to the fullest?  Maybe it’s because the world is getting faster before our eyes. We’ve gone from having computers on our desk and laps to having them in our hands and wearing them on our wrists.  Everything is at a faster pace than ever before in history.

But as I thought about the great people I’ve gotten to spend my life with – especially my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and parents – I’m reminded of what things I remember when I reminisce about the days of the past.  And then I’m reminded of the legacy that was left to me; the lessons I’ve learned; the stories that I have been able to tell; and the experiences that have shaped my life to what it is today.

Then I’m reminded of one of my personal core values that I learned first from Stephen Covey: “To Live, To Love, To Leave a Legacy“.

It may sound crazy, but one of the many things I must ensure that I accomplish in life is to leave a legacy. To be remembered for something.  To stay in the minds of others long after I am gone.

What is your legacy?  What are you hoping to accomplish in this life that you want others to remember you by?  Is it a book? Is it a charity event or effort? Is it helping others in need? Is it a great invention? Is it to help grow your company or organization? Is it to start your own company? Is it to provide a memory to your children and grandchildren of core values and a purpose in life? Or is it something even more large that changes the world forever?

We all have the potential. And we all have the same amount of time every day. Zig Ziglar stated that “We all have 24 hours in a day“. What are you doing with your days to leave your legacy?

I’ve learned that as we grow older new things become more important than others. I’ve learned many of the basic core goals of my life in just the last few years.  I feel confident in telling you that when you realize what your goals, your aspirations, and your legacy encompasses, you will know it with clarity.

I would love to hear from you, reader, and what are your plans for leaving a legacy? Your life is important. Have you found your purpose?  What is your purpose?  How do you want to be remembered?

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One Day

Preface to this blog post:  I originally wrote this blog to submit to Jim Norman, the President of The Zig Ziglar Foundation, who in turn told me that I took too long to meet my submission committment.  He was right about that.  I procrastinated and didn’t follow my motto to “DWYSYWD” (Do What You Said You Would DO).  However, Jim also told me that it had no substance and that he wasn’t interested in wanna-be speakers.  My  hope is that this means more to you, my followers, than it did to Mr. Norman.

ONE DAY 

One day you will regret all the time you missed to spend time with your kids as they were growing up.  The potential memories you can build with them will go with them for years, and will very likely make them parents that share the same experiences with their children. 

One day you will regret the hours you spent at work doing little things that had nothing to do with your career or the growth of the company.  Examine your contributions, determine if you are helping yourself or your company, and if you think you are not, then rebuild your game plan.

One day you will wish you had spent time with your parents when they were younger and alive.  You will think of hundreds of questions you should have asked them.  And it will be too late to turn back time when you realize this.

One day you will wonder why you procrastinated on your dreams, and allowed other low priority tasks keep you from doing at least one thing every day to move you further toward your ultimate goals.  Have you been known to focus on all of the lower priority things because they are easier to do?  Don’t ruin your opportunity to do something magical and important by allowing yourself to procrastinate.

One day you will recognize the impact that you could have had in someone’s life.  Many people are looking for that one role model, that one example to follow.  Don’t let fear or lack of confidence hold you back from being the one that someone thinks of when they say “they changed my life”.  Leave a legacy.

But I have good news for you……

One day is all that it takes to change the time you spend with your kids.

One day is all that it takes to assess your contributions to your company and your career.

One day is all that it takes to call that parent, have dinner with them, or give them a visit.

One day is all that it takes to document your dreams and begin working on them in priority.

One day is all that it takes to show someone you care and give them a helping hand.

One day you will realize that every day is a blessing.  Zig Ziglar once said “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.  We all have twenty-four hour days”.

One day, this will all make sense to you.  Don’t waste your time.  Get started!

Time Does NOT Equal Money!

time is moneyHow many times have we heard the phrase “Time is Money”.  While I get what is being said, it’s far from the truth.

I’ve had plans to write on this topic for some time, and while surfing the internet, I found one with all the same points already out there.  I encourage you to check out this blog/article – it makes a lot of sense!

http://spearsmarketing.com/1302/time-money/

Zig Ziglar once said “you have never heard someone on their deathbed saying ‘I wish I had worked more hours'”.

We should all evaluate our lives and determine where we can give time back to ourselves and our families – and to the things that matter most in life.  Work hard, give 110%, but look around you and determine where you are wasting time and focus on giving certain tasks and ownership away so that you get back the time you are losing every day.

As the article states, you can make more and more money.  Even when you run out of money, you can start making it again.  But once time is gone, it’s over.  There is no regaining lost time.

Spend your time wisely – it’s an investment that does not return equally to you.  The benefits of how you spend your time will be returned to you in family and friends who see the value of your time management.  It will be returned to you in children who admire you for the efforts you make to spend valuable time with them instead of wasting it on things that have no value.  It will be returned to you in finding the right career or opportunity that will allow you to maximize your time doing the things you love in your work and career, and giving you back time to do those things that are most important.

The clock is ticking….what are you doing today to change tomorrow?

 

Bucket List – Another Item Checked Off

Through my life and career I have created a bucket list of things I want to do before my time here is up on Earth.

Recently, I was honored by the folks at http://www.ziglar.com by being featured in their weekly newsletter. I am forever grateful to them for allowing me to be part of this, and I hope that I get another opportunity to do this again soon!!

The following link will take you to the article, and if you are not already a subscriber, I would encourage you to do so!

Zig Ziglar Newsletter

This is only the beginning for me. While Ziglar was one of my first stops, I plan to write for many more soon!!!