What will you be remembered for? Three Steps to Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Today we buried a legend. Over 15,000 people gathered to pay their respects as the world said its final goodbye to one of the greatest boxers ever, Muhammad Ali. Ali had a professional boxing career that spanned over more than two decades but his biggest win was not his professional sports career or his fights in the boxing ring.

Muhammad Ali’s greatest legacy was the fight that he fought outside the boxing ring, the mark that he made on the world. Known as a man who stood up for what he believed in regardless of the consequences. Later in life becoming a philanthropist and a champion; Muhammad Ali led the fight Ali against Parkinson’s disease, never allowing his own personal struggle with the illness to hold him back. Ali left a legacy that will continue for years, he wanted his life to count and be meaningful. He strived to make a difference in the world.

Have you ever wondered what might be said about you at the end of your life?  What difference you could make in the world?

You don’t have to stand in a boxing ring to fight dozens of opponents or build a museum and or healing center; but if you choose, there’s always something you can you do to make a difference in other people’s lives. It might be on a small scale with your family or in your local community or maybe you have a bigger vision and a bigger cause to change the world?

Here are three simple steps you can take towards building your personal legacy

  • Discover your passion – Look for what matters most to you and why.
    We all have passions in life and areas where we have the ability to showcase our gifts.
    Not sure how to connect to your passion? Think back to when you were a child,
    what made your heart sing?
  • Define and pick your cause or action – Find out where you can make the biggest
    contribution. Look for  where there might be a need that by using your talents and gifts
    you can make a difference. Look for of a cause that you stand for or express a talent that
    when you share it with other people you add value to their lives.
  • Develop a plan – Figure out how can you make a difference. Research your topic,
    cause or activity to discover what resources do you need to execute your plan?
    Are there any finances required? Do you need any human resources and other people
    to get involved? Is education required? Once you have done the research put together
    a plan of action. Start small. Plan things one step at a time.

Once you’ve taken the steps to discover you passion, define and pick your cause or action, and developed your plan; it’s time to take action and start the “doing”. Always be sure to anchor yourself in your passion for your cause, it will be your driving force.

There are no rules on how big or small your legacy will be. You get to choose what you do in your life and what you are remembered for after you are gone.

At Muhammad Ali’s funeral service today his dear friend of 42 years Billy Crystal said about Ali in his eulogy “Ali’s intense light shined on America…He is gone but he will never die”
Ali left a mark on the world that will last for generations to follow; his actions made the world a better place for us all to live in. He will always be remembered for being a both a great fighter and an ambassador of goodwill and peace.

What will your legacy be? What do you want to be remembered for?

Now it’s your turn to share your beautiful voice.  Remember to be clear since many members in our community can benefit from your comments. Post your thoughts below and share with us what you’e passionate about. Where do you feel you can make a difference.

I’ll leave you with quotable tip, feel free to share, post or tweet as well as share this blog with others
@drkarenjacobson, There are no rules on how big or small your legacy will be. You get to choose what you do in your life and what you are remembered for after you are gone.

Much love,

Dr. Karen

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