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When you commit to creating a legacy, you stop worrying about your tombstone. Sure, none of us want to go tomorrow but the simple fact is we don’t always get to decide. Time is precious, life is precious, and therefore you have to go about making your mark on this world. You have to make your presence known and your absence felt. When the dust is settled that Legacy will by symbolic of what you have accomplished in the finite time you had on this earth.
We all have a calling to leave this place better than how we found it. Creating a Legacy may seem a daunting task but what you need to remember is that every interaction, every call, every email, every tweet or ‘like’ you post contributes to the body of work which will echo throughout the generations.
Most people think of their legacy as their will. No. Your legacy is about so much more than the tangible items you leave people. We talk about Greatness all the time, and that isn’t just about a successful life. No, that includes building a life that will leave its fingerprint on this Earth for years to come.
So we need you to spend some time thinking about what your Legacy will be. Your spouse will be part (or all) of your legacy, as will your children and family. But what else can you contribute to this world, and to others? Will your Legacy involved humanitarian work, will it involve achievements in the sporting arena or will it be in leading communities or countries into a new direction.
Whatever it is, commit to it 120%. Don’t do anything half-assed. Don’t have any regrets and learn to say No to people. Remember your dreams don’t need to be co-signed by anybody else but YOU. And don’t forget to be prepared to fail along the way. The higher the greatness, the higher the risk.
We'll leave with one final thought. Don’t underestimate how important your energy and focus are in your Legacy. With those two in tandem we can work harder, think clearer, love stronger and run further. Yes being in shape will add years to your life, but it’s the quality of those extra years that matter most so don’t neglect your strength, flexibility and athleticism on that path.