“Are you–right now–who you want to be, what you dreamed you’d be, doing what you always wanted to do?”
~ Stephen R. Covey
Purpose. Legacy. Passion. Definite chief aim.
There have been many articles and books written on these subjects, ranging from short-term / long-term goal setting to how to find a fulfilling career to determining how you will live your life every single day. I find there to be so many different resources out there telling us that we need to find this, but very few that offer ways to do it. In a world with so many choices, how does one settle on or focus on any one personal purpose or passion?
When I thought of this topic, it was the idea of living every day with purpose that I wanted to aim at. The following is an exercise that made the light bulb turn on for me. It is from an article by Chelsea Greenwood from the November 2009 issue of Success Magazine :
Picture your funeral. How do you want people to remember you? What do you want them to miss the most? What do you see them longing for in your absence? What do you want your legacy to be?
When you are able to think about these things, it all of a sudden becomes clear what is truly important to you, and you can start working backwards from there:
As Jim Rohn once said, “there is always time to do more and achieve more, to help more and serve more, to teach more and to learn more. Keep going and growing that legacy!”
You know the version of yourself that you want to be. You can probably picture that person in your head. Will becoming that person fall in line with the vision of everything you want people to remember when you are gone? If so, you have just found your purpose.
Now all you have to do is dare to be that person.