What does the future hold for you? What does the future hold for any of us?
Will it be filled with memories of great accomplishments, experiences and realized goals, or will it be filled with regret for not doing the things that truly mattered?
Since we don’t really know what the future has in store for us, perhaps the more appropriate question is, what do we believe that we can do, be and become in the future?
So, what do you think?
Are you a future legend?
Believe it enough and it may just become your reality!
A couple weeks ago I was walking through my kids daycare building and happened upon a little girl playing on the playground.
She was there having a great time, and when she looked up at me and smiled, I noticed her shirt.
The t-shirt simply yet prominently stated, “Future Legend.”
While I continued to walk towards my kids’ classrooms, that message was stuck in my mind… Future Legend.
What an incredible statement! What a great message to introduce to a child at such an early age, or anyone for that matter.
It made me think… what are the messages that we were told as children?
More importantly, what are the messages and beliefs that we are continuing to tell ourselves today that are helping to shape tomorrow?
Build the Mindset of a Legend
During my Leadership Coaching Program, my cohort spent a large amount of time talking about language, and the power that exists through the words we use.
Words can create things that weren’t there before. They create events, opportunities, companies (articles of incorporation), marriages (“I do”), and even countries (just think – the United States didn’t exist until words were put down on paper, then all of a sudden, it did).
Words create things that previously did not exist and thereby create a brand new path to the future that didn’t exist moments ago.
And words also can create barriers.
We can allow ourselves to believe that we aren’t good enough or will never achieve our goals by listening to the words that other people say to us, or the self talk that is running around in our heads.
Words that fill our minds with doubts before we take the field for a big game or walk into an interview for our dream job will prevent us from playing to our full potential.
So choose your words wisely for yourself and others, and be mindful around the responsibility for what those words can potentially create or destroy.
With that in mind, let’s go back to the original questions around what we are telling ourselves or others, and what do we believe that we can be, do and become.
Are we creating the foundations of a story that will pave the way to becoming a ‘Future Legend‘ or are we trapping ourselves in a story of unfulfilled potential?
As you get out there on the field this week, I wanted to pose the following 5 questions for you to reflect on, and to then challenge yourself to look use your answers to look to the future and dare yourself to create a truly legendary life:
- What does being a legend mean to you / how do you define ‘a legend‘?
- What aspect(s) of your life do you want to become legendary?
- What head trash or negative thoughts are preventing you from moving towards becoming your definition of a legend?
- What is one step, practice or habit you can begin or strengthen this week to beginning taking steps closer to a legendary future?
- How can you give back and empower those around you to believe that they can become a ‘Future Legend‘ as well?
We all have the opportunity and potential to live our best life and become the best version of ourselves regardless of our circumstances.
And the first step starts with building a mindset that looks for what can be rather than what isn’t.
We are all in need of more legends – legendary parents, philanthropists, leaders, friends, coaches, trainers and thought leaders.
We need YOU!
So begin building your mindset, and take your first step towards becoming the type of legend that you know that you can become.
Discussion Question: What is the underlying story that you tell yourself on a daily basis? Is it setting you up to create a legendary future or holding you back from your personal greatness?
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