Personal Development Coaching: Twitter Q5
#Coaching Q5a: What would you like your legacy to be? #PersonalDevelopment #MakingLemonade
This question asks you to think about how you would like to be perceived when you are no longer with us. Consider your responses to Q1a and Q1b as your values and those important to you might well figure in your response here. You might like to be remembered for something you achieved or for a contribution you made to something or someone.
#Coaching Q5b: What do you need to do or change, to live up to your legacy now? #PersonalDevelopment #MakingLemonade
Your legacy will almost certainly have a direct link with what you did while on this earth. For example, one of my clients said he wanted his legacy to be that he was a good husband and father. He told me that it was important to him that his sons and wife would think that, but he didn’t care much for what others would say.
He asked himself that if he were to pass away tomorrow would he rest in peace that he had been both those things?
He didn’t feel confident that he had prioritised his family of late. He had been working late and feeling stressed. He hadn’t seen his sons play football for a while and frequently missed the bedtime ritual. He also said he hadn’t spent much quality time with his wife as they both seemed to be busy and subsequently tired most of the time.
Without any prompt, he vowed that he would do something about getting the balance back between work and family life. He said he would ask his parents to babysit at the weekend and take his wife out for dinner. He said he would be more mindful to put his boys to bed more often and be present on the football side lines at their next game.
My legacy included that I would be remembered for being fun and encouraging others to achieve their potential. In considering my legacy it dawned on me that I hadn’t done any of the things I consider fun with any of my friends for some time. I made a conscious decision to say yes next time I was invited out. I went one step further and arranged a get-together for some friends who I rarely see.
The other part of my legacy motivates me to continue striving to achieve success in my work.
This question serves as an opportunity to stop and reflect on the present, even though initially it is asking you to think about the future.
Feel free to share your legacy in the comments below.