Huh? Give my leg? What is Jay talking about? That’s gross!!! Did Jay watch the movie 7 Pounds one too many times?
Now that I have your attention…
The Gift I’m talking about is a LEG-a-c-y!
The Wrong Yardstick!
Too many people measure success using the wrong yardstick! They use worldly measures to define what success looks like. I know for the longest time, success to me was wealth, power, recognition, and status. I bought nice cars, a nice home, more and more things just to prove I was worthy, but you know what? I became less focused on what really matters in life – God, family, friends, and the pursuit of true contentment and happiness. I’m not saying you cannot have God and wealth. It is how you use wealth that is most important! For me, the more I acquired in the pursuit of meaningless things, the less satisfied I became. Go figure! I became the “king of meaningless things”. Learning from my past mistakes has true been eye opening and life changing!
As many seek to leave this world a better place, they truly desire to change, touch, and impact their children, grandchildren, and all those they will leave behind. Rather than leaving solely money to those they love, most people I encounter seek to leave a lasting legacy – a way to keep their memory alive and continue their life purpose beyond the grave. Any meaningful legacy begins with defining what true success looks like!
Meaningful success comes when you use your time, talents, and treasure to serve others. In Matthew 22:37-39, we see, “Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” It is truly when we reach out and serve others; we make our mark on the world.
Step 1: Look at how you define success – your mission
If success is tied to money and things, you will never find satisfaction. What do you truly want to do in your lifetime? Have you accomplished what you set out to do? Are you on the right path? Have you set a “finish line” – where you decide when you will have accumulated enough money & possessions? How much is enough? How will your version of success allow you to help others?
Step 2: Look at how God created you – your calling
Research has shown financial success is not linked to satisfaction or happiness. Neither poverty nor incredible wealth leads to happiness. Satisfaction and happiness are far more likely the result of finding your purpose in life and obediently serving God. What has He called you to do? What are you passionate about? What are your core values and beliefs? What do you do easily that is difficult for others? How can you find eternal significance?
Step 3: Establish a game plan to create a legacy – your plan
Once you understand your purpose and calling, you will be able to create a better vision of who you are and where you are heading in life. Now you can focus on ways to create your ideal future. How can you free up time in your schedule to pursue your calling? How do you create a financial plan to fund your calling and legacy? What goes your legacy look like? What values are you leaving for your children, grandchildren and others? How do you find more serving opportunities? Who will help you implement your plan?
Step 4: Maximizing your potential – your performance
The last step in the process of being more fully engaged in the purpose God has called you to involves evaluating your progress. This involves analyzing your performance and analyzing opportunities as they come and go.
How do you decide one opportunity over another? What are some of the tools available to make a bigger impact?
How do you maximize your gifts and minimize taxes? How do you ensure and protect your values and ensure when you’re gone your vision will be carried forward? How do you ensure your vision is in line with biblical principles?
Now it’s your turn! How do you want to be remembered? What if you only had a short-time left? Are you taking steps to teach your children, grandchildren, or others about what you value most? How can you have your life purpose transcend your life? Take the time today to plan your future because every day is a precious gift from God. We have no guarantees that we will be able to plan tomorrow so start today. Need help with coaching in this area? Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
I have created a process based on biblical principles that evaluates ten areas of your life to ensure you are creating a meaningful legacy for those you leave behind.