You don’t have to be a billionaire or a genius to make a difference. People make their mark and are remembered for their contributions for all sorts of reasons.
One year ago, a dear friend David Charlton died. He had lived a full and fabulous life but it was cut short prematurely . He served his country, he impacted people’s lives. David Charlton was an adventurer, a confidant, a triathlete, a doting father, a loving husband, a mischief maker and so much more. What a legacy to leave behind! His mark on this earth was purposeful and intentional. He chose to become all these things, he took time to reflect on his contributions and he lived as well as left his legacy.
When discussing legacies, and best ways to make your mark, a wonderful person called Tim McNamara advised me to “CHARLIE” it. He later elaborated and shared the meaning of this acronym; Climb Higher And Reach Life’s Inner Expectations”. This brought a smile to my face and left me pondering how I might do such a thing.
After some coaching and soul searching, I decided that for me, Charlie it could involve several things:
- Choosing to let go of the illusion of perfection
- Deciding on my new mantra for living life – Go forward fearlessly with the confidence to thrive
- Giving myself permission to trust the process and not being attached to the outcomes (otherwise known as going NATO)
- Realising that I need to say YES to more and then work on feeling ready for it later
This led me to imagine what difference it would make, if we all had a mission statement and in doing so created a template for our own living legacy. It could begin with ‘If the world was a better place because of my actions, its because I …’
So good people, the million dollar question…what legacy do you plan to live and leave behind to inspire others?
Get clearer about how the world could be different because of you, then do something about it. You can live your legacy and make your mark in small meaningful ways in your everyday life. Get clear on what that means to you, tell someone who will hold you accountable and share if you dare. Put your intention in the comments section of this post or email me. Let’s put into practice right now what we all want to be remembered for.
My best hopes is that we will discover the power that we possess to make an impact.
#100% Pure Polly – Living Life’s Adventure…
I plan to dedicate my next blog on 1st December to a more personal story … about the opportunity that adversity can bring and the importance of choosing a powerful story. In the meantime I wish you all a fun, happy and energetic month. Want to know more about how to live your life’s adventure?