Creating a Legacy To Remember

It’s hard to believe, but we are officially into the New Year! This time of year the traditional hot topic is New Year’s resolutions. Almost everyone has resolutions when getting in gear for a New Year. So what did you come up with? Lose weight…exercise more…spend less money…save more money…get organized…spend more time with family and less time working…quit or give up something?

Any way you look at it, resolutions are a bunch of “shoulds”! “I should lose weight, I should be more organized”. The interesting thing is you already know what you “should” be doing and not doing so why is it so hard to stick to it?

How do you feel when you tell yourself what you “should” be doing or not doing? Do you feel pressured, forced, bad or guilty? Typically the energy or emotions you feel with a “should” statement has a negative vibration. This works against you making resolutions seem hard to accomplish from the start. I’ve heard it best said as…never “should” on your self, because it lowers your vibration level.

Is that why so many people fall short or give up on their resolutions, because they feel bad or negative about it from the start? How many people do you know, get excited and pumped up about their New Year’s resolutions? Probably little to none right? Most people force themselves to choose something, well because they…”should”. (There’s that negative energy again.)

There’s also a common mindset that resolutions are hard to stick to. Many people see how long they can “hold out” and stay on track with their resolution doubting they can do it from the start. It’s predicted that many people give up on their resolutions even as soon as the end of January. Why is that? Well, how can you achieve something you don’t believe you can do?

New Year resolutions typically develop from a frustration or a missing quality in our life, something we consider a problem. A “lack of” mentality creates low vibration energy much different than “abundance of” mentality which creates high vibration energy. It’s a forced, negative energy vs. a powerful, positive energy.

Consider your goals your heart’s desire, whereas a resolution is, well, resolving. The true definition of a goal is; the end toward which effort is directed. Resolving is; to reduce by analysis the problem into simple elements.

What will it take to make this year different for you? Expand your vision beyond low vibration, short term problem solving for high vibration, long term results. This year skip the resolutions and set clear goals for yourself that add value and meaning to your life.

Think beyond a simple resolution. What is your specific, clear and vividly real desired outcome for 2008? Where do you want your life to go? What do you want to achieve?

Feel beyond a simple resolution. How do you want to feel in 2008? Attach positive emotion to your visualizations. Take time to reflect on your passion and desires when you set goals for yourself this year. Clarity empowers us, so please get crystal clear on what you want your life to look and feel like in 2008 and begin with the end in mind.

Many years ago, the brother of Alfred Nobel died in Stockholm. However, the newspaper printed the name wrong and concluded that it was Alfred Nobel himself who had died and wrote his obituary…which he read the next day. He was remembered primarily for inventing dynamite, which had been responsible for the deaths of countless human beings in wars and conflicts around the world.

The obituary had such a shocking effect on Nobel that he immediately began rearranging his entire life to change his legacy and assure his obituary, when it was ultimately written, would be completely different.

To this end, he established the Nobel Prizes, based on his great fortune, which are today the highest awards that can be attained in the worlds of literature, medicine, science, economics, peace and chemistry.

By thinking clearly about the legacy he wanted to leave, he transformed both his present actions and his ultimate memory. He rewrote his own obituary. What an interesting and revealing story.

Nobel had a vision far beyond problem solving. Had he focused on the problem he would have had the newspaper correct the printed information and gone about his life in the same way. Instead he focused on a greater vision and changed his destiny. He’s an example of how someone “began with the end in mind” and you can too.

Flash forward and imagine one year from right now. What do you want to be able to reflect on and know you achieved in 2008? What is the legacy you want to create? How do you want to transform your ultimate memory? Who’s important in your life and what kind of influence do you want to have on them?

It all starts with the end in mind. Every thought, feeling, decision and action you take right now and in the moment to come is forming the legacy you will eventually leave behind.

Imagine in 2008, living your life fully empowered and energized, with plenty of time in the day for the activities and people you enjoy, full of achievements and goals met. In our urgent, hurry-up, keep-going and get-more society, it is easy to lose sight of what’s really important if it’s not clearly defined to begin with.

The key to creating a beautiful legacy is clearly defining your deepest values, setting goals to support those values and taking action in every moment to achieve your goals.

You don’t need extraordinary gifts of talent, or special inherited traits, or even luck to experience success in transforming and creating the life of your dreams. If you want a life full of positive, long-term results that support your values, learn and implement self-management skills to apply within each passing moment. The principles and life skills of success that I teach work for all people who are committed to personal growth, regardless of past experience or present situation. It all begins with the end in mind.

Life can feel uncomfortably urgent and obligated. I invite you to call me at 262-544-4310 and reserve a 20 minute complimentary consultation. I can help you assess and gain clarity on what is most important to you if you feel cluttered and pressured by your obligations. I can help you get clear and specific about who you need to be to achieve the desired outcome you want. Your goals will become realized in your mind, and ultimately your life will transform.

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