Day 23 | 30 Day Self-Care Challenge

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Draft your personal legacy statement

There’s a saying: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

Everyone has a set of personal values — the things that are most important to us and (should) govern how we live and work. Yet, many of us don’t take the time to mindfully identify our personal values. As a result, we often feel discontent, stressed or frustrated because our actions and decisions do not align with our core beliefs. It’s why the person who values time with family, but works a job that demands 70-hour work weeks, might experience internal stress and conflict. When you know your values, you can make decisions that serve them and reduce a number of self-care issues that can arise from a misalignment between ones values and how she lives her life.

Today, take some time to mindfully define your values in the form of a personal legacy statement. A personal legacy statement is a declaration of how you’d like to live your life and impact others. It doesn’t have to be long and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Feel free to write a first draft, give yourself a few days to reflect, and then come back and edit it, if you’d like. Maybe you need time to just write a list of your values before you get to the point of drafting a statement. Be gracious with yourself and do what feels appropriate.

Even after you “finalize” your legacy statement, you may find that as you transition into new phases of life or discover more about yourself, your personal legacy statement may need to be tweaked to align with the way you experience your values.

If you need help defining your values, check out this resource for identifying your values. If you need help drafting your personal legacy statement, check out Paragon Road — the leading meaning legacy planning company — for a few examples.