What do you desire most? Have you ever allowed yourself to think about what your heart desires beyond what is rational and practical? This is critical to redefining success in work and relationships because context matters.
Success in the first half of our life is often about learning, growing, and building. When we are young and ambitious, we build a career, build our reputation and credibility, expand relationships and a network, learn a craft, start a family, accumulate wealth, etc.
In the second half of our life, we can still be building, but for whom? And for what? This is the context shift that can help you feel deeply committed to a redefined vision for success which is fueled by your desire instead of practical thinking, which is often rooted in fear and scarcity.
What does your heart desire for your life’s accomplishments?
What impact do you want to make on the world?
What legacy do you want to leave as a leader of your family?
Here are some examples:
I want to leave a legacy of experiences with my children and grandchildren because I desire a deep connection with the people I love while we enjoy things and make memories.
I will establish a tradition of family trips, experiences, and adventures to unique places regularly.
I will live in an inviting location where the kids and grandkids want to come to.
I want to travel to the world’s sacred sites, with or without others. This is a bucket list for me.
I want to continue to generate passive and active income by serving my mission to help others evolve in their mission long beyond my active working years.
What will this require of you?
For the things you listed as responses to the questions above:
What does this require of you now?
In the next 5 years? In the next 10, 20, 30 years?
What would have to be true?
What does it mean for how you spend time and energy?
What education or learning is needed for you and others?
What experiences do you want to have with others to make your legacy “alive”?
My legacy requires that I...
Actively establish realistic annual traditions more intentionally with my kids.
Create boundaries about what kinds of work I will do daily to ensure I am serving my mission and not wasting time serving empty agendas. This means saying "NO" more.
Shift my business to serve individuals, leaders, teams, and businesses.
Travel to the sacred sites before I am too old to access these remote places, which requires resources, planning, and physical prep/endurance.
Stay in a flow of brainstorming and allow your heart to guide you.