Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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Top 5 Ways to Leave Your Legacy--

August is What Will Be Your Legacy Month, and it is the perfect time to start thinking about what your're doing, how to keep doing it, and how to make changes.  "Legacy" is defined as, a gift by will especially of money or other personal property; something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or form the past.

What Will Be Your Legacy Month is characterized as a time for people to reflect on their past and present actions and vow to make positive changes that will affect generations. We have to remember the seeds, whether positive or negative, we plant in our lives. This observance is about making the right choices so our children and their children will make the right choices. Everything we do will grow and reflect our teachings. 

Here's some tips on leaving your best legacy:

1.  Be who you are and embrace it.
We all have our own story in life, and are where we are for a reason. Write your story, and blaze a trail.  Inspiration is great, but being your own person is one of the best things you can do for yourself.    

2.  Have a strong support system.
Support is critical.  Being independent is great, but having support for your independence is always helpful.  When thinking of what you want to achieve, think of how you'd want to celebrate it.  If you invited people who helped and supported you along the way, surely you'd want the room to be quite full.  In having a great support system, you can also translate it into being support for someone else, too.

3.  Share your positives.
We all have positive qualities.  Finding them may sometimes take more effort or time than we'd like, but know for certain, they're there.  When you realize these strengths, hone them and share them with others.  This is a great way to make yourself marketable in the workplace and a go-to in your personal circles. 

4.  Strengthen your weaknesses.
We all have weakness, too.  They don't have to be detriments, though.  Use your weaknesses to improve who you are, but to also pick up skills and lessons along the way.  Reaching the goal is just as important as the journey there.

5.  Stay aware.
Being self-conscious and self aware are totally different.  Self awareness is a positive trait, which continuously makes you better.  This also includes being responsible for your actions--no matter what they may be.  Knowing how you are as a person, what you are good at, and need to improve on is essential to self awareness and will continue letting you be the person leaving a strong legacy.

Think back a couple years and ask if you would admire the person you are now.  Also ask, will you admire the person you're growing to be for the future.

We have some great quotes to help get your mind going --- 

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way." - Les Brown

"I want to put a ding in the universe." - Steve Jobs

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." - President John F. Kennedy

The success combination in business is: Do what you do better... and; do more of what you do...” - David Joseph Schwartz

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” - Henry Ford

"Goals help you channel your energy into action." - Les Brown 

What will be your legacy?

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