“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
― C.G. Jung
Start With the End In Mind
A simple but a powerful mental exercise that I do regularly is to review my obituary.
The key questions that I ask myself are:
Why do I do what I do?
Am I living my life with the desired end in mind?
How would I like to be remembered?
Valuing in positively impacting the world, I focus on contributing to others and the environment.
Every day, I remind myself that everything that I do should be serving that purpose.
Whether it’s taking care of myself so I can better serve others, creating value for others, or spending time with those who I care about, all these activities reinforce me to live a conscious and intentional life.
With the freedom to choose, I don’t want to conform to anyone else’s beliefs.
Driven to live an unscripted life, I’m motivated to live with personal integrity and be a man of my words.
Discontent with mediocrity, I want to courageously go after my dreams and pursue my definition of success.
Wanting to be remembered as a loving son, caring friend, helpful colleague and great lover, I give those who I care about my undivided attention and presence during every interaction.
During my journey of personal growth, I want to have experienced fun adventures and made lasting memories.
Above all else, I want to leave behind a legacy that I would be proud of for helping men live a fulfilled and happy life.
These are all the things that I want to be remembered for.
If I were to die tomorrow, then I would die feeling fulfilled and empty of regrets because I’m living my current deepest purpose – to become my best while helping others become theirs.
By starting with the end in mind, I can live consciously and intentionally.
Write Your Obituary
Imagine you’re at your funeral.
Who would attend it?
What kind of things would they say about you?
What would your obituary say?
As a simple yet powerful exercise, write out your obituary.
How would you like to be remembered?
Are you living your life with the end in mind?
What kind of legacy are you leaving behind?
If you want to be remembered for your genuine generosity to others, then start spread more kindness in your life.
This could mean donating your time and volunteering for a cause that you believe in.
If you want to be remembered for your being a loving partner, then start investing more quality time in your romantic relationship.
However you want to be remembered, start living more intentionally aligned with your ultimate vision.
Live Life With Clarity
After knowing your vision, you can start living your life with more clarity and intention.
You can do so by reverse-engineering your life to make it a reality.
Let your clear end-vision be your inner compass to guide you through life.
During times of struggle and hardship, you can rely on your lucid clarity to move you in the right direction.
As you get to know and understand yourself better, your end-vision can change.
But once you have clearly identified your life’s intentions and core values, rarely do they change dramatically.
However, with every slight change, your end-vision becomes clearer.
In times when you feel unfulfilled, that’s when you’ve steered away from your intentionality.
Once that happens, you must reevaluate your end-vision and course of action.
What do you truly want in life?
Are your actions aligned with that?
If not, then it’s time to make a change and realign them.
Living your life aligned with your values is simple, but not easy.
Often times, you’ll be forced to make difficult decisions and tempted to choose the path least resistant.
Choose discomfort and stay true to your vision to cultivate mental strength and discipline.
By not compromising your values, you can live a more conscious and intentional life.
To live with more fulfillment, you must start with the end in mind.
Then align every decision and action according to your end-vision.
Following this philosophy, you’ll live an intentional and conscious life.
By doing so, you’ll create a legacy and memories worth treasuring.
Those who you have helped along your journey will be forever grateful for your valuable service.
Taking your last breath while going to the grave, you can smile knowing your obituary has become a reality.
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