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Take these 3 Steps Toward Your Personal Legacy Today

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The world recently lost one of its most powerful innovators – Steve Jobs. There are a lot of awesome tributes to him. One of my favorites, though, was this simple image and phrase by BBM&D Strategic Branding (who does awesome work btw):

Many of us would not be doing what we are doing today if Steve Jobs had not arrived on the scene. And certainly when we get to the end of our lives, not all of us will be able to say we made the same level of impact on the world that Steve Jobs did. But that does not mean you should not be working toward your own creative legacy – creating your own personal brand of high level impact.

Yes, it’s true that we often feel our daily living interferes with the ultimate potential of our creative legacy. But, it does not have to be that way. If you know what you want to do, and how you’re going to use what you do to develop your personal legacy, then you can make decisions with these goals in mind and step by step you will get there.

Use these 3 steps toward creating your powerful personal legacy – beginning today.

1. Make a Personal Vision Statement

In essence this addresses what you want to become. Having a personal vision statement will allow you to aim in the desired direction both personally and professionally. Your vision should get you excited, make you proud, and illuminate where you are part of something bigger than yourself. To get you started, begin by creating a list of things that you enjoy most. Now, write up your short list, the 2 or 3 things that really rock your boat – the things that fulfill you, the things which you would like to do every single day in order to feel complete. As you consider what to include on your lists, keep life balance in mind. For instance, you might want to include physical, spiritual, work, personal, financial, or other important areas.  What would you regret not doing?

An important step for your vision statement is to actually write all this down. You can have a vision statement of just a few words, to fully developed pages. Do what suits you best.

Here are some examples for you from (humanresources.about.com). Short vision example:

“To inspire, motivate, and empower people to discover their life purpose and to reach their full potential.”

Longer vision example:

My vision is to be remembered when I’m gone from this life for enjoying every day I was blessed with; impacting every person that I had the pleasure of meeting in a positive way; inspiring all to dare to make their life’s work be something that is truly enjoyable and meaningful to them; motivating people to be innovative and to use the power of their creative minds; providing entertaining “stories” through daily interactions with others to help people to remember each day they had with me; helping people come to know and understand who they are and how easy it is to become who they’d like to be. I want to be loved – especially by my family – but by as many as possible, and to be able to come to love them as well. I’d like for people to tell tales of the times that we spent together for many years after I’ve gone; that will be the true measure of value of my time on this earth, or whether I was just successful at avoiding death for a long time.

2. Make Your Personal Mission Statement

Your mission statement helps define what you do and helps to explain your purpose. It’s the “why” of you. If you always select work, whether you work for yourself or for someone else, that aligns with your personal mission you will undoubtedly be happier than if you don’t.  To create your personal mission statement, ask yourself when you are at your best, and when you are at your worst. Here is a nifty, easy to use Mission Statement builder (free) from Franklin Covey that will walk you through the steps to develop your starting mission statement. You can either utilize the statement as is, or take the statement and refine it in ways that satisfy you.

Short mission statement example:

I want to be the best writer in the world.

Longer mission statement example:

To realize my vision, I must exceed the expectations of my friends, family, and readers. I will accomplish this by committing to my values and creativity, and by aiming for, and offering to others, the highest levels of creativity, spirituality, and information of which I am capable. I will maintain a focus on the value of creative freedom and the expression of that freedom which is most appropriate for each person. In this way I will help ensure that I honor my values, that what I offer is creatively innovative, and that my own growth goals are met along with the growth goals of those I come in contact with.

3. Define Your Personal Values and Strategies

What do you cherish? What do you think and believe? Your personal strategies include the most important talents and personal traits that you can, and will, use to accomplish your mission and get ever closer to your personal vision. You are your own personal company; think about your strategies as the main values you will use to propel yourself forward. Here are 374 value words (from Steve Pavlina’s personal development for smart people)  you can use as starting points. Select the ones that are important to you, put them in order of importance; look for the ones that are “part” of you.

  1. Abundance
  2. Acceptance
  3. Accessibility
  4. Accomplishment
  5. Accuracy
  6. Achievement
  7. Acknowledgement
  8. Activeness
  9. Adaptability
  10. Adoration
  11. Adroitness
  12. Adventure
  13. Affection
  14. Affluence
  15. Aggressiveness
  16. Agility
  17. Alertness
  18. Altruism
  19. Ambition
  20. Amusement
  21. Anticipation
  22. Appreciation
  23. Approachability
  24. Articulacy
  25. Assertiveness
  26. Assurance
  27. Attentiveness
  28. Attractiveness
  29. Audacity
  30. Availability
  31. Awareness
  32. Awe
  33. Balance
  34. Beauty
  35. Being the best
  36. Belonging
  37. Benevolence
  38. Bliss
  39. Boldness
  40. Bravery
  41. Brilliance
  42. Buoyancy
  43. Calmness
  44. Camaraderie
  45. Candor
  46. Capability
  47. Care
  48. Carefulness
  49. Celebrity
  50. Certainty
  51. Challenge
  52. Charity
  53. Charm
  54. Chastity
  55. Cheerfulness
  56. Clarity
  57. Cleanliness
  58. Clear-mindedness
  59. Cleverness
  60. Closeness
  61. Comfort
  62. Commitment
  63. Compassion
  64. Completion
  65. Composure
  66. Concentration
  67. Confidence
  68. Conformity
  69. Congruency
  70. Connection
  71. Consciousness
  72. Consistency
  73. Contentment
  74. Continuity
  75. Contribution
  76. Control
  77. Conviction
  78. Conviviality
  79. Coolness
  80. Cooperation
  81. Cordiality
  82. Correctness
  83. Courage
  84. Courtesy
  85. Craftiness
  86. Creativity
  87. Credibility
  88. Cunning
  89. Curiosity
  90. Daring
  91. Decisiveness
  92. Decorum
  93. Deference
  94. Delight
  95. Dependability
  96. Depth
  97. Desire
  98. Determination
  99. Devotion
  100. Devoutness
  101. Dexterity
  102. Dignity
  103. Diligence
  104. Direction
  105. Directness
  106. Discipline
  107. Discovery
  108. Discretion
  109. Diversity
  110. Dominance
  111. Dreaming
  112. Drive
  113. Duty
  114. Dynamism
  115. Eagerness
  116. Economy
  117. Ecstasy
  118. Education
  119. Effectiveness
  120. Efficiency
  121. Elation
  122. Elegance
  123. Empathy
  124. Encouragement
  125. Endurance
  126. Energy
  127. Enjoyment
  128. Entertainment
  129. Enthusiasm
  130. Excellence
  131. Excitement
  132. Exhilaration
  133. Expectancy
  134. Expediency
  135. Experience
  136. Expertise
  137. Exploration
  138. Expressiveness
  139. Extravagance
  140. Extroversion
  141. Exuberance
  142. Fairness
  143. Faith
  144. Fame
  145. Family
  146. Fascination
  147. Fashion
  148. Fearlessness
  149. Ferocity
  150. Fidelity
  151. Fierceness
  152. Financial independence
  153. Firmness
  154. Fitness
  155. Flexibility
  156. Flow
  157. Fluency
  158. Focus
  159. Fortitude
  160. Frankness
  161. Freedom
  162. Friendliness
  163. Frugality
  164. Fun
  165. Gallantry
  166. Generosity
  167. Gentility
  168. Giving
  169. Grace
  170. Gratitude
  171. Gregariousness
  172. Growth
  173. Guidance
  174. Happiness
  175. Harmony
  176. Health
  177. Heart
  178. Helpfulness
  179. Heroism
  180. Holiness
  181. Honesty
  182. Honor
  183. Hopefulness
  184. Hospitality
  185. Humility
  186. Humor
  187. Hygiene
  188. Imagination
  189. Impact
  190. Impartiality
  191. Independence
  192. Industry
  193. Ingenuity
  194. Inquisitiveness
  195. Insightfulness
  196. Inspiration
  197. Integrity
  198. Intelligence
  199. Intensity
  200. Intimacy
  201. Intrepidness
  202. Introversion
  203. Intuition
  204. Intuitiveness
  205. Inventiveness
  206. Investing
  207. Joy
  208. Judiciousness
  209. Justice
  210. Keenness
  211. Kindness
  212. Knowledge
  213. Leadership
  214. Learning
  215. Liberation
  216. Liberty
  217. Liveliness
  218. Logic
  219. Longevity
  220. Love
  221. Loyalty
  222. Majesty
  223. Making a difference
  224. Mastery
  225. Maturity
  226. Meekness
  227. Mellowness
  228. Meticulousness
  229. Mindfulness
  230. Modesty
  231. Motivation
  232. Mysteriousness
  233. Neatness
  234. Nerve
  235. Obedience
  236. Open-mindedness
  237. Openness
  238. Optimism
  239. Order
  240. Organization
  241. Originality
  242. Outlandishness
  243. Outrageousness
  244. Passion
  245. Peace
  246. Perceptiveness
  247. Perfection
  248. Perkiness
  249. Perseverance
  250. Persistence
  251. Persuasiveness
  252. Philanthropy
  253. Piety
  254. Playfulness
  255. Pleasantness
  256. Pleasure
  257. Poise
  258. Polish
  259. Popularity
  260. Potency
  261. Power
  262. Practicality
  263. Pragmatism
  264. Precision
  265. Preparedness
  266. Presence
  267. Privacy
  268. Proactivity
  269. Professionalism
  270. Prosperity
  271. Prudence
  272. Punctuality
  273. Purity
  274. Realism
  275. Reason
  276. Reasonableness
  277. Recognition
  278. Recreation
  279. Refinement
  280. Reflection
  281. Relaxation
  282. Reliability
  283. Religiousness
  284. Resilience
  285. Resolution
  286. Resolve
  287. Resourcefulness
  288. Respect
  289. Rest
  290. Restraint
  291. Reverence
  292. Richness
  293. Rigor
  294. Sacredness
  295. Sacrifice
  296. Sagacity
  297. Saintliness
  298. Sanguinity
  299. Satisfaction
  300. Security
  301. Self-control
  302. Selflessness
  303. Self-reliance
  304. Sensitivity
  305. Sensuality
  306. Serenity
  307. Service
  308. Sexuality
  309. Sharing
  310. Shrewdness
  311. Significance
  312. Silence
  313. Silliness
  314. Simplicity
  315. Sincerity
  316. Skillfulness
  317. Solidarity
  318. Solitude
  319. Soundness
  320. Speed
  321. Spirit
  322. Spirituality
  323. Spontaneity
  324. Spunk
  325. Stability
  326. Stealth
  327. Stillness
  328. Strength
  329. Structure
  330. Success
  331. Support
  332. Supremacy
  333. Surprise
  334. Sympathy
  335. Synergy
  336. Teamwork
  337. Temperance
  338. Thankfulness
  339. Thoroughness
  340. Thoughtfulness
  341. Thrift
  342. Tidiness
  343. Timeliness
  344. Traditionalism
  345. Tranquility
  346. Transcendence
  347. Trust
  348. Trustworthiness
  349. Truth
  350. Understanding
  351. Unflappability
  352. Uniqueness
  353. Unity
  354. Usefulness
  355. Utility
  356. Valor
  357. Variety
  358. Victory
  359. Vigor
  360. Virtue
  361. Vision
  362. Vitality
  363. Vivacity
  364. Warmth
  365. Watchfulness
  366. Wealth
  367. Willfulness
  368. Willingness
  369. Winning
  370. Wisdom
  371. Wittiness
  372. Wonder
  373. Youthfulness
  374. Zeal
Use the words you selected to help guide your choices and behavior. You can create value statements around these. Live them, model them, share them and take action based on your values.
We are all working off the limited time and resources we have each day and every minute you use is a minute you will never get back. That’s why:

It’s important to choose what you do wisely; you are the only one who can define wise for yourself.

When you understand your vision, your mission, and your values, then your daily choices will lead you ever closer to your legacy. Invest in yourself now, by giving yourself the gift of consistent direction to keep you on track, more fulfilled and true to your values, and living your vision.

Only then will you fully be offering the world your most powerful personal legacy.

Just like Steve Jobs did. Steve may be gone from this world, but his amazing legacy; a legacy that changed all our lives forever, lives forever. Steve, you will be missed.

What will your legacy be?

 

 

 

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About the author: Karen, zencopy creator, is a top 10 bestselling amazon author, creativity coach, and an online content specialist with a masters in psychology and passion for learning and teaching new topics.

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