In our ongoing series on self-reflection, we come to question number three:
“What do I want to be known for?”
This is an interesting question as it really probes at our self-identity. Will we choose to be known for a role that defines us such as who we are as a parent or the type of work we do? Or will we lean into qualities and characteristics that we aim to be in our every day life? Will we be known for our interests outside of work? For the type of friend that we are?
I would most likely suggest that what we want to be known for will encompass many facets of who we are. It will include some of the more tangible things such what we do for a living, but it will progress to some of our greater qualities as well. When clients are sometimes struggling with self-identity issues, one of the activities I suggest is that they go to the people in their life who know them the best and ask them “What are my three best qualities?” They are often surprised to see the same qualities repeated and this helps cement for them a sense of who they are.
Perhaps when pondering this question, we can also ask ourselves “Do I live with intention?” For it is often in the act of building and designing our lives, that we discover within ourselves what we most bring to the table. For at the end of the day:
“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” — Bruce Lee
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