I once saw a poster that made a lasting impression. On it was written: Will it matter that I was?
Those words struck me like lightning bolts. I realized, after 40 years on this planet, I had never felt like I mattered…which explained the seemingly inexplicable angst I’d felt my entire life.
That’s when I made a decision. I vowed to do something ‘important’ so I’d finally feel like I mattered. And off I went.
I wrote a book, then several others. I appeared on national TV. I spoke to large audiences. But no matter how loud the applause, it never drowned out my sense of insignificance.
Until I wrote Sacred Success. Then everything changed. The women I interviewed for the book showed me the way to a more meaningful life.
Rather than focus on their fears and self-doubt (which they all had), they were living their life as if they already mattered…as if they had a God given purpose they were determined to fulfill.
Rather than striving to feel important themselves, they were seeking to make a difference for others.
When I asked one woman what drove her to such stratospheric success, her response echoed what almost everyone told me.
“It’s more than money,” she insisted. “It’s impact. I am motivated by leaving a legacy.”
As soon as I started asking myself: ‘What is the legacy I want to leave?’ I felt my focus radically shift.
I could finally acknowledge that I DO matter. I always have. Not because of something great I’ve accomplished. But because I’m here for a reason—to leave my mark on the world, even if it’s only a tiny footprint in the sand.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.”
Have you considered the legacy you want to leave?
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