Leadership Article

Are You Living a Life to Remember? by Gary Edwards
When I facilitate a team or work group discussion, I sometimes open by having each individual respond to a question or statement. One question that I use in strategic planning workshops for individuals is, “How do you want to be remembered?”     
This simple question tends to be highly provocative. Rarely do we take time out in life to observe our impact, put the sum of our day-to-day efforts into perspective, or ask how we are doing on behalf of ourselves.

One way to answer this question is to take a periodic self-inventory. This does not have to a long, formal process. I do it by rating the different roles in my life on a scale of 1-10. Then I ask, what area of my life needs some attention, fine-tuning or focused effort to get me back on track?

For example, a recent review of my roles: Father, Husband, Brother, Self Coach (physical and spiritual), Business Developer, Financial Manager, Networker, Writer; clearly revealed a need for an increased focus in the Self Coach area for the coming year.

Staying clear, focused, and living with intention helps you remain true to your values and your life purpose. Only a small percentage of the population does any kind of personal planning, but those that do live richer fuller lives.

You cannot control life’s circumstances, however you can design your life and be proactive in how and what you do on a day-to-day basis. Are you living your life by design and intention? Have you taken a personal inventory recently? Are you living a life to remember?