Fast forward to many years from now, specifically to the last hour of your last day and ask yourself “what 3 adjectives would people use to describe you when you leave?” The last day could be your last day at your current job, your last day in the city you live in, or the last day on this planet – you choose.
Personally, I found this simple question very thought-provoking and it demanded a pause for reflection. At the beginning I struggled to come up with any of my three words, and then I found it even harder to settle for just three of the wish list I had in mind.
Having experienced its power, I now use this question in my coaching to help leaders and teams describe the legacy they want to leave and the brand they are building. Their answer frequently triggers insightful conversations about their purpose, their values and their mission. Consequently, coaching challenges their assumptions about how their priorities are serving their legacy. They often develop insights about things they need to do more of, others they need to stop doing, and some that they need to start doing now before it is too late.
If you are also curious, consider asking yourself the same question. Once you define your three words, challenge yourself by looking at your to do list for tomorrow or for this week and see if you are truly serving your legacy. Be brave and identify one thing you commit to do to get one step closer to your target tomorrow.