Last week I had the chance to cross the borders of different countries by car. When I crossed over from Slovenia into Croatia, I didn’t realize how rare this was for me until I was stopped at a border checkpoint. When I asked the border patrolman if I could have a stamp of the country in my passport he asked me, “Why?” My answer was simple: “I want to be able to look back and remember I was here.”
When I reflected on my answer of those simple words, I recognized they were quite profound. Doesn’t everyone want to do something in his or her lifetime for which he or she will be remembered? Don’t you want a sense of permanence? Wouldn’t you like the world to know you “were there?” If the answer was “no,” why would there be passports or pictures or yearbooks or gravestones?
When I toured Croatia, I was constantly reminded of an ancient Roman influence. Having been all around the world, Rome is perhaps one of the best examples of leaving a “signature” behind. From the churches in Rovinj to the Arena in Pula to the latin language chiseled into stones everywhere, there were constant reminders that the people who created these signatures “were there.” So rare were some of these that people took photos and videos of all of them. But instead of sitting in awe of the work of others, why not scratch your own mark on time? Why are you compelled to believe that great works of art, music and technology are reserved for someone else? I say with great effort, they are reserved for you. You can begin now and leave your signature in time.
I believe you were designed for action and achievement. When your actions are aligned with your higher purpose, you will possess boundless energy and enthusiasm. Your challenge is not often in the pursuit of leaving your signature, but in the development of the courage to decide where to leave it in the first place. Here are three steps that will help you:
How To Leave Your Signature Behind
Create Your Vision
Every mark on history starts with a vision. In the case of the Arena at Pula, an Emperor had a vision thousands of years into the future. The only difference between him and you was perhaps the size of his vision.
What do you want to be remembered for? Until you ask this question, there is little chance of doing something great. Once you have answered this question, however, you have set a vision that can be the vehicle to put you on the path in the direction you need to go.
Define Your Mission
Did you ever get in the car, turn the key and not know where you were going? Although that might sound crazy, it is no crazier than waking every day with the same dreams and no map to get there. Once you understand what it is you want, you will need definitive plans on exactly how to get there. This step makes sure that you write the list that aligns with your vision.
Chip Away Every Day
In order to leave something behind of note, you will have to take consistent action. This step is not only most critical, but the one that stops most people. Once you are in the car, have turned the key and have directions, your actions are the small presses on the gas pedal which will give you forward momentum. Taking small steps each day in the direction of your vision and mission will eventually get you there. The key in Step 3 is to just keep “chipping away.”
Motivation For Your Next Trip
You were designed to be great. You have limitless potential. You can choose to scratch the surface of history and do something iconic. My suggestion is that you scratch hard, scratch often and make that scratch across time as deep as possible so that the world will be unable to ignore your “signature.”
Don’t know where to start? A great place to get the motivation and direction you might be looking for is at the TFW Level 1 Certification. This two day event will deliver the inspiration you may need to start your next adventure. Spots are limited and here are the final dates for 2015:
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What will be the masterstroke that will etch your name on the fabric of time? The clock is ticking. Time to leave a signature everyone will remember. Gather your vision, write your list and start taking action.
We have all heard Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither is a life worth remembering.
Start chipping away…
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