You need not worry about how you will be remembered.
Instead, focus on living a life of character, conviction, and compassion
and your legacy will never be forgotten – Dr. Robyn Silverman
It is safe to say that everyone wants to lead a life of purpose and leave a good legacy behind. To have a fulfilling life that serves as a blessing to yourself and the people around you. Nevertheless, self-doubt is also an emotion that we all experience every once in a while. It is not unusual that as you start questioning your worth and abilities, you also begin wondering about the legacy you are leaving behind. Parents may worry that they are not raising their kids well while corporate professionals may feel incompetent to deliver good performance at work.
If you are not vigilant enough, the crippling emotion can leave you feeling helpless and discouraged. But when you come to think of it, the feeling of not being good enough may indicate your longing for change and improvement. This new way of looking at self-doubt can open your eyes to the reality that in spite of it all, you are still on the right track. If you are still doubtful, here are a few indicators that you are doing better than you think:
You never quit.
You may have lost a few battles and feeling like a failure. There may also be days when you feel too tired to start another venture. Yet, at the end of the day, you pick yourself up and decide to try again. Instead of quitting, you reflect on the lessons you learned and muster enough guts to start over. Simply refusing to give up on life is already a good legacy to leave behind because you become a living example of resilience and courage.
You genuinely care about someone/something.
No one lives for himself or herself alone. Some may be dedicated to their jobs while others are committed to their loved ones or family. To be passionate about someone or something gives your life a sense of purpose. Your efforts to serve others also makes you valuable to the people, profession, or organization you care about. This also indicates that in your own little way, you can already make a big contribution to the world.
You treat others fairly.
We all have a choice in this world, to be good or to be bad. To confidently say that you always choose to do the right thing means you are generally living a life of integrity. Your resolve to treat others the way you wanted to be treated shows your desire to be just and fair. By not harming and mistreating anyone, you are spreading kindness. As they say, one good action can send ripples of positive vibes so you may not realize it, but you are already creating a legacy you can be proud of.
Leaving a wonderful legacy may seem like a huge and challenging task. However, a bit of self-reflection will reveal that it should be not as hard or complicated. As you keep fighting to lead a good life and choosing to move forward, you are already on your way to leaving a positive mark in the world.