One of the most important self-discovery exercises is to envision your funeral. Imagine what would your beloved people think about you? And how do you really prefer to be remembered?
Personally, I believe in such a way to find your purpose in life and work towards it and nothing but towards it.
Stephen Covey in is his famous book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People introduced the idea of “begin with the end in mind” as one of those habits.
Imagine how you would end your life and what things that will really matter at that time and work on them.
Need more reasons to start thinking in this way? Check your energy level when you read these two lists from the famous fable The Leader Who Had No Title by Rabin Sharma.
The 10 Human Regrets
- You reach your last day with the brilliant song that your life was meant to sing still silent within you.
- You reach your last day without ever having experienced the natural power that inhabits you to do great work and achieve great things.
- You reach your last day realizing that you never inspired anyone else by the example that you set.
- You reach your last day full of pain at the realization that you never took any bold risks and so you never received any bright rewards.
- You reach your last day understanding that you missed the opportunity to catch a glimpse of mastery because you bought into the lie that you had to be resigned to mediocrity.
- You reach your last day and feel heart broken that you never learned the skill of transforming adversity into victory and lead into gold.
- You reach your last day regretting that you forgot that work is about being radically helpful to others rather than being helpful only to yourself.
- You reach your last day with the awareness that you ended up living the life that society trained you to want versus leading the life you truly wanted to have.
- You reached your last day and awaken to the fact that you never realized your absolute best nor touched the special genius that you were built to become.
- You reach your last day and discover you could have been a leader and left this world so much better than you found it. But you refused to accept that mission because you were just too scared. And so you failed. And wasted a life.
The 10 Human Victories
- You reach your end full of happiness and fulfillment on realizing that you are all used up-having spent the fullness of your talents, the biggest of your resources, and the best of your potential doing great work and leading a rare-air life.
- You reach your end knowing that you played at a standard of concentrated excellence and held yourself to the most impeccable of standards in each thing you did.
- You reach your end in noisy celebration for having the boldness of spirit to have regularly confronted your largest fears and realized your highest visions.
- You reach your end and recognize that you became the person who built people up versus one who tore people down.
- You reach your end with the understanding that while your journey may not always been a smooth one, whenever you get knocked down you instantly got back up-and at all times, never suffered from any lack of optimism.
- You reach the end and bask in the glory of your phenomenal achievements along with the rich value you have contributed to the lives of the people you were lucky to serve.
- You reach the end and value the strong, ethical, inspirational person you grew into.
- You reach the end and realize that you were a genuine innovator who blazed new trails instead of following old roads.
- You reach your end surrounded with teammates who call you a rockstar, and loved ones who call you a legend.
- You reach your end as a true Leader Without a Title, knowing that the great deeds you did will endure long after your death and your life stands as a model of possibility.
Which list do you want to be attached to your life? The choice is yours.