What do you want to be known for?
A bit over a week ago I had the pleasure of attending and talking at the Sydney Inspiration Day for the Beautiful You Coaching Academy. The day was fun, uplifting and full of great information and amazing people. In particular we heard from the fabulous Megan Dalla-Camina who shared lots of thoughts and learnings from her career and life as a coach, speaker and author. One thing she said stood out for me, it was:
“What do you want to be known for?”
This is something I often talk about with my clients when we are laying the early foundations of their business but it was great to hear someone else talk about the importance of using this question to get to the heart of what you are trying to achieve.
The beauty of this question is that if you really give it some thought it will help you structure the vision for your business and your life. Having a vision is extremely important to creating an actionable plan. A vision focuses and guides your actions. It allows you to be proactive instead of reactive, because you know where you are going and you can break down the steps needed to get there.
There are definitely other questions, other ideas and other foundational aspects I address with my clients when I set about working with them but this big beautiful question definitely gets the juices going and the path, almost magically, starts to appear.
So today I put it to you now: What do you want to be known for?
Don’t tuck it away to address when you have more time and just continue reacting to what is in front of you. That is a habit you can too easily slip into for years and suddenly find yourself older but no closer to what you actually want to do with your life.
So here is a quick exercise for you:
1. I want you to sit with this question in a mindful and deliberate way for a day.
2. Then from that deliberation create a vivid vision and write down exactly what it is you want to be known for in your business/career/life. This is not set in stone and it can evolve, but I usually find most people’s responses all head in a similar direction.
3. Commit to taking a single step in the direction of that vision the next day. So if you want to be known for your writing, write something. If you want to be known as a speaker, look for some speaking opportunities. If you want to be a great photographer, take some photos and so on.
This exercise is simple but it gets you thinking. And I guarantee if you answer this question you’re likely to wake up more motivated the next day because you are committed to moving in a purposeful direction!