A little morbid, I know, but your legacy is the most important thing you will leave behind. There is nothing more important than trying to be the best role model possible. That effort will impact people now and from beyond the grave. I will admit that I care what people think about me so I care about my legacy. I want to be remembered as someone who made people feel good about themselves.
I have read a lot about finding your WHY lately. A powerful idea for business, and just as powerful for individuals. My belief in my why is what gets me out of bed in the morning and what is hopefully creating an impact and leave a lasting legacy.
My why is I want to help people.
It is that simple. I want to help in every way possible. That is why I write this blog, because I want to help people learn about new topics. That is why I decided to offer coaching packages, because I want to help people feel confident and know they are heard. That is why I sometimes drive my husband crazy, because I want to make everything easier for him which is sometimes too helpful (oops). It is at the root of everything I do. It is why I stop to pick things up for people when they drop them. It is rooted in my big decisions and small gestures that seem automatic.
This simple idea can help us figure out if a new project or opportunity is right for us. If someone came to me and said we would like for you to promote our product to your readers, and let’s say it is a product that is a scam or a fad that would be junk in a few months, I am going to say no because it doesn’t fit with my why. It isn’t helpful to anyone but my pocketbook. It would be a tough decision especially if my pocketbook could use some extra cash, but sticking with my why the right answer would be immediately clear.
Sticking with my why allows me to help people and it allows me to make them feel noticed, appreciated, and heard. Which I hope leaves a legacy that impacts people even when I am gone.
Do you know what your why is?
You have a why already even if it isn’t put into words yet. It helps you make tough decisions. It is that gut feeling you have when you know it is the right decision. It is the reason you get more excited about one opportunity over the next.
Your why can be anything.
You could decide that your why is to challenge the status quo and start working on grassroots political issues.
Maybe you are very spiritual and want to share it with the world that might mean you go on a mission project.
If your why is wanting to create beauty for others to enjoy you might become an artist.
Someone that wants to capture priceless moments for other people might become a photographer.
If you look back on past moments, jobs, and events that really made you feel alive and shine it probably has something to do with your why. Think about those times and the things you are most excited about in the future and you will be honing in on your why.
What you do with it is as unique as you.
You may not always use your why to be a missionary, photographer or politician. You might switch it up and be a writer or a speaker. It all will, however, always come back to your why.
The most successful people know what their why is and work outward from there. For example, a new online group was recently started call #fireworkpeople. It is only a few months old and already has over 400 extremely active members which is no small feat. It is a group of women that rally behind each other in the good and the bad every day. It was all started by one lady, Ashley, who has a very strong why. If you need a little love and support head over to the facebook group or join the twitter chat Tuesday nights at 9pm/est. hashtag #fireworkpeople
Leave a comment, share your why and what you are doing with it .