Posted on December 13, 2010 in Articles, Purpose, Values by Rachael

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view over mountainOne of the powerful themes that can help clients really focus on what they want in work and life, is to explore the legacy we leave behind us. When we move on from a job, from an organisation or even when we leave a room!

What do people sense about us – do we lift or diminish people? Change a mood for better or worse…?

Asking ourselves: “when we reach the end of our life, what do we want to look back on as our legacy to others?” is a slightly awesome but very positive way of taking a perspective on what is really important to us.

I came across an article in the Guardian when an ex-nurse (and now singer) Bronnie Ware wrote about the five regrets she heard from people on their deathbed. It certainly got me pondering….

Top Five Regrets:

  • I wish I’d had the courage to live a life truer to myself, not the life others’ expected of me
  • I wish I didn’t work so hard
  • I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
  • I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends
  • I wish that I had let myself be happier
  • Living your life backwards for a moment, what do you want your legacy to be – in this meeting? When you move on from this job? At your last breath?

    Here’s Bronnie’s full piece Top Five Regrets of the Dying