Speaking Point: Most people never consider the kind of legacy they’re leaving their family, their community, or their world. But a legacy is something you’re creating every day, whether you realize it or not. In my work as a life coach to Hollywood celebrities and CEOs, I help people overcome the mental blocks and get them thinking about what they wish to leave behind. Regardless of where you are in life, you can clear away the clutter and start creating your legacy.
Speaking Point: Everyone has a choice between leaving a positive legacy or a negative one. Most people never consciously choose one or the other—it just happens. But the goal is to make a conscious decision about the legacy you’ll leave.
Speaking Point: Oprah Winfrey is the prime example of what a positive legacy looks like. Oprah has lived most of her adult life from her Authentic Soul. She has been a pillar of kindness and has stood for truth, education, and giving back. Millions of people tuned into her show for over 20 years, and she has earned the respect of people worldwide. Why? Because Oprah has introduced us to many experts and experiences that have transformed our lives. Through the many lives she has changed and touched, her legacy will live on forever. That’s a positive legacy.
Speaking Point: A negative legacy occurs when people think money or material possessions are the foundation of a “good legacy.” In fact, leaving a legacy isn’t about things…it’s about who you are and how you touch people’s lives. When you ignore this key element of legacy, you end up leaving nothing more than a legacy of an unfulfilled life, including doubt, shame, envy, stress, and sadness.
Speaking Point: To start purposefully creating your legacy, you need to consider three key questions: 1) Twenty-five years after my death, what, if anything, will those beyond my family remember me for? 2) If I had to give everything I own to a cause (not a person), what cause would that cause be? 3) If I could snap my fingers and acquire an experience or talent, it would be ___________ because ___________ . While on the surface these questions may sound simple, when it comes time to answer them you’ll realize that each question requires much thought.
Speaking Point: Ultimately, it’s not what we leave FOR others that matters; it’s what we leave IN them that matters most. Possessions and wealth do not a true legacy make. It’s about leaving behind the essence of your Authentic Soul. That’s what the world needs from you. So serve others by leaving behind the best and most beautiful parts of you. Today, and every day, create your legacy.