I love that picture as the heading photo for this particular post. The thing I love most about it is the color. I believe when each of us finds our “why” and begins the journey of living out that purpose that it paints a beautiful, chaotic, messy yet amazing picture in our world. When life has a purpose and you know that purpose you gain such clarity to begin making a difference. It’s incredible.
But how should you live your life? If someone came to you and asked what your passion is in life or where your life is heading, what would you say? These are things I’ve never had a good answer for until this past year. I heard someone once say this and I completely agree:
“The only difference between the leader you are now and the leader you will be next year is the people who you get to invest in you and the books you read.”
Not sure who originally said this but many high capacity leaders echo this truth. Well one of the authors I enjoy reading is Michael Hyatt. He writes a book titled “Living Forward” that walks you through the process of creating your very own Life Plan, a living document that you base your life off of. Imagine, if your life had a specific direction that you were aiming for. Imagine if you knew your “why.”
Begin with the End
This bit may sound a little morbid but I wanted to highlight just one aspect of Life Planning that was really powerful for me. We can blog about the other elements if you all would like to know more at a later date. But the very first thing you do in your Life Plan is begin with your eulogy. Sounds a bit morbid I know and might even freak you out. Trust me, this is the most powerful practice.
Living your life the way you proactively want to can paint a beautiful streak on the lives of your family, friends, workplace, school, and more. What I was challenged to do is sit down for an entire work day and begin actually writing my own eulogy. Think of those accounts in your life that you want to leave a positive mark on. Here are mine:
- My Spouse
- My Children
- My Family
- Ministry World
- My Friends
What are yours? For each of my “life accounts” I actually wrote what I hope people would say about me when I’m long gone regarding each of these accounts.
Give it a try
I know it sounds a little scary and a bit morbid but give it a try for yourself. What are your “life accounts” that you really care about? What do you want people to say at the end of your life. Why do this? Because when you know how you want your legacy to read, then you will live to make that a reality every day.
Live your life, your way the best way it can make a difference to what really matters to you! Go for it! But you have to begin with the end in mind to know what exactly you hope to be remembered for. This practice really helped me find my own “why.” I hope it does for you as well. I would also HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading Hyatt’s book, “Living Forward” to dive even deeper.