If you like to learn and improve, you seek out principles to help you on the journey. Have you come across thought leaders, books and articles talking about the importance of legacy. Have yo been advised to reflect on the legacy you will leave behind. Perhaps you were exhorted to craft your own eulogy, as a way to get clarity on your legacy.
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Another frequently peddled advice is the importance of identifying your purpose and mission in life. How many times have you heard claims that those who amount to anything in life have identified their purpose, crafted mission statements and then proceeded to do beautiful things?
It’s time to question these two enduring and ‘taken-as-self-evident-truth’ pieces of advice. Should you be so worried about what legacy you leave behind? Should you leave behind a legacy at all? Does each of our lives have a purpose? Is it that God has given us this life to fulfill a mission?
As some wise guy said, The day is your life in miniature. As goes your day, so goes your life.
I know when I feel great that it’s because of the consistency of my rituals. I know when my life sucks that I have been unfair to my daily rituals.
You could have the most unbelievable mindset totally crafted for insane productivity, but if your surroundings don’t support you, you will be spinning in circles, sputtering along without much result.
The long and short of peak performance at your craft, work, job – or whatever it is you call it- is this: know your outcome clearly, get clarity on your values, develop some empowering beliefs that fuel you, manage your mental state and physiology well, and then consistently practice and sharpen your skills.
But one aspect that’s overlooked sometimes is the effect of external environment on your performance.