How Do You Want To Be Remembered?

The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Dreams are the incubators of business and of life itself. The logo of Steven Spielberg’s company DreamWorks is a boy fishing off a crescent moon. I live in South Carolina where our state’s logo is the palmetto palm and the crescent moon. But personally, I prefer the full moon—and full dreams.

So, let’s start with your wildest dreams.

Try this: Close your eyes and imagine you are attending a funeral. The beautiful church is packed, flowers everywhere. All of your friends and family are there. Can you see it? Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that it’s your funeral. The clock has run out, I’m afraid. Someone gets up to give your eulogy. What do you want them to say about you and your life? What will they say about what you did with your life? Do you like what they are saying or do we need to rewrite that script? What do you really want them to say?

That’s the ultimate vision for your life.

In one sentence, what do you want someone to say about you and your life when it’s over?

Here’s what I hope someone will say about me.

Rick Jones was a good and honorable man, who always pulled his own weight and found a way to support his family and lots of others throughout his life while enjoying all of the blessings of this world.

Some key phrases here:

  • Good and honorable—I want to be remembered as honest, kind, thoughtful, and Godly.
  • Pulled his own weight—strong initiative, work habits and capacity, I made my own way.
  • Support—unselfish, giving, a friend.
  • Enjoying—family, friends, activities, sports, places, food.

Think about what you want your personal vision to be. And, then, go to work today to make it a reality.

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