You are in a room with your dearest friends and family. Everyone is dressed in their 7th day finest. The tone of the room is quiet yet the emotions are so strong that they are almost palpable. Everyone sits down and the room becomes silent. Your most loves friend, spouse, sibling, or child walks up to the podium and prepares to speak. With a deep breath and a moment to collect him/herself the speaker begins… Today we mourn the loss of YOU….
Yes this is your funeral everyone is gathered here to see you off, to wish that one last farewell. As you lie there you wait to hear what will be spoken. What will they say about your life, your accomplishments, dreams, goals. What impact did you make?
What do you hope they would say? Do you even know yourself?
One of the more powerful tools that I have seen for setting your life course is to write your own eulogy. Though a very morbid approach its emotional resonance calls you to action.
If you don’t know what your VISION is. Where you want to go in life, who you want to be, how you wish to be perceived, you will never figure out how to get there.
Barely one in 100 people have set long term goals for themselves. This comes as no surprise when you reflect on all the depression, divorce, violence etc. happening in the world today.
If you don’t want your life to end up like 99% of the population begin to create that long term goal. Begin to create your VISION
Set aside some time, and imagine that you are there in the funeral home, lying there in your coffin as loved ones begin to tell the story of your life.
What do you want them to say?
Do you want them to speak of the difference you made in the lives of those around you?
The dreams you fulfilled?
The kindness you did?
The caused you stood up for?
The habits you developed?
The legacy you leave behind?
Write it all down. When you are finished put it in a place where it can be read regularly, at least once a week. You will find that the more you focus on how you want to be remembered, the more you will become that vision.
When you come into this world you cried and the world laughed. Live your life so when you leave it, you laugh and the world cries. – proverb