Do you ever think about how you want to be remembered?
Recently a mom of one of my childhood friends passed away. Her write up submitted by her family in the local paper was breath-taking. It reminded me that the true test of our personal brand – the images and words others have in their mind to describe us, is how we are described once we are gone.
Here are some key phrases from my friend’s mom’s obituary:
“Betty was a class act. She loved unconditionally and encouraged everyone to always be the best person they could be. She was a fierce advocate for her children and grandchildren and always made sure they knew how to take the high road — knowing at times the high road is a difficult one. ”
Now move to 40, 50 or 70 years out when you may be near the end of your life. What would people write up about you? What will your legacy be?
An activity I do with clients often is to have them write up a testimonial they would love for a client to say about them. What would be the biggest compliment from a client? What would make your day, week or month to hear? For me, this would be something like:
“Teresa inspired me to think uber- positively about myself and the gifts I have been blessed with. She gave me the tools to attract the people I love working with and now have triple the clients I did a year ago. I am so thankful Teresa got my attention.”
Take two minute now to think about how you want to be remembered, today, tomorrow and decades from now? What do you want people to say about you when you are not in the room or gone? Write up your ultimate testimonial from a client.
Be sure to include references to specific values or beliefs that you are passionate about. You also want it to include a sense of how you impacted the person – results you helped them achieve.
Make It Happen
What one action can you do today to powerfully tell the world how you want to be remembered? The clearer you are on how you want your legacy to be, the easier it is to fulfill.
Go out and make a difference in others’ lives. You are blessed with unique gifts that others need your help with.