The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. ~ William James
This week I spent some time with a friend reliving college experiences and revisiting the goals we set for ourselves nearly 12 years ago. What was intended to be light conversation suddenly turned very serious. A question was innocently thrown out that completely changed the mood of the entire evening. What can we honestly say we have ever given your ALL to? The light atmosphere in the room suddenly became suffocating with focus and reflection. I thought I had given my all to school until I remembered how many assignments I missed and lessons I gave up on. Then I thought about basketball and was reminded how many plays I probably took off or sprints I coasted through. Perhaps if I had committed to giving my all to my places of employment, my circumstances would have different at all of them. What have I done so far outside of loving my family that I can honestly say has nearly exhausted my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being? Working long hours or boasting of a long tenure with an organization isn’t the same as giving your all. Such things can possibly be interpreted as fear to take risks and inefficient work habits.
My challenge to you this week is to think about what you’ve honestly given your all to and journal your findings. If you identify something you truly have given your all to, document what was going on in your life that allowed for such dedication and focus to take place, and who or what contributed to your success. If you can’t identify anything, journal what it is about your work ethic and behaviors that you believe may contribute to less than 100% focus and effort. Legacy is the point where your hopes and dreams meet your effort and behavior. Such an exercise could be the first step to truly building your legacy.