There is one question I ask you…. When you are gone from this world, what story do you want to tell? What do you want people to say about you? Looking at the time span in a backwards way allows us to think slightly differently than what we are normally used to. Because of this, we come up with different ideas, projections, and different goals. If you have not read the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey he mentions to start with the end in mind.
Our normal mindset when we go through the days of our lives is typically focused about the future and on past events.
- What can we get or achieve at some later date in time?
- How much better can we be in 3 months at something?
- How much money will we have later?
- What could I have done differently to be more successful?
- What level or competitive state will we be at in a month, two months, 1 year?
- What appointments do we have next week?
- How should I have handled the argument last week? Could I have handled it better?
It goes on in definitely. We project what is relevant for us at some future date in time because humans are typically and naturally goal driven. We want to always get to some future point in time, and we constantly live going for and aiming for that future point in life that we never really get there because we constantly keep shifting where we are going.
Then you have people that mention to you about “living in the moment” or “living in the present.” That this is an ideal state-of-mind to live in. In theory, it is if you can do that, but again most people can not. Its opposite of what we are used to and this is because as we grow older, most of us get away from our perfect ideal self which we had when we were a baby or kid. (Always living in the moment, enjoying life, and being who we are).
Looking at the end in mind…
Looking at the end in mind, shifts your mindset and focus on what is truly important. What is your purpose in living? Are you living for just you to acquire many materialistic things or are you contributing back with your time and energy?
I like to take a few people through history and then see the story that is told about them and then relate it to myself. Lets take a look at a few.
Thomas Edison: Wizard inventor who created the light bulb, the phonograph, and so many amazing things. The devices and inventions he created contributed to global changes around the world.
Rosa Parks: The first lady of the civil rights movement who refused to obey a bus driver and give up her seat. She also organized and collaborated with other civil rights leaders.
Lance Armstrong: He is still alive (compared to the other two above) so his story is still being written. However so far part of his story says that, Lance Armstrong won 7 straight Tour de France races in a row after surviving cancer. He also setup a cancer foundation to help others with cancer.
So I ask you again? What story do you want to tell when you are gone? If you look at it this way, you will know the result or goal you are trying to achieve. You know the direction and path you are heading in….
The main way to get people to talk about your story whether it is a positive or negative is to DO SOMETHING WORTH TALKING ABOUT! Simple principle right?
Well, to accomplish this you have to impact other peoples’ lives in some way. Hopefully for the better. Do things that help other people, impacts their lives, and allows them to grow. Our bodies only last for so long, but the story can list indefinitely as it is passed down generation to generation through history. Make an impact!
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