- What were the five best choices you have ever made? and why?
- What were five of the most pivotal moments of your life? and why?
- What two sentence message would you like to share with your family and friends before you die?
- What are you most proud of in your life?
- What are you most thankful for in your life?
Most often in life we leave these questions to the last moment to ponder, often only when we are on our deathbed. Many of us never really sink our teeth into the guts of the questions at all. Life happens, we get married, we have kids, we launch our career, we get into the corporate habit, we survive a mid-life crisis, we plan our retirement, we pay off our mortgage, we just get busy with the doing-ness of life and forget to attend to the meaning-nees of our life. We get so busy our life becomes rudderless.
These five questions when pondered on a regular basis, say yearly, form a rudder for us. We start to notice our values, our priorities, and our principles. We start to see the legacy we want to leave behind once we have died. You see, as I know it our legacy is not so much what we leave behind in assets, money, or accomplishments it is more in how we lived our lives, the example we showed others in how we were being while we were doing. Our legacy has much more to do with our authenticity, our internal integrity, and our genuine demonstrated love for others.
Here is a simple suggestion;
As we welcome in the New Year and lay the old year to rest these five questions might serve you better than making a New Year’s Resolution.
Stephen Covey the leadership guru said “Begin with the End in mind.” I don’t think Covey meant the end of your life and yet how power would that be to create a life that would fulfill you by beginning with the end point or ‘legacy’ set first.
Give this idea a try. I would love to see how it works for you.
Warmly and with gratitude