“Only the ones who believe, ever see what they dream, ever dream what comes true.”
– Beth Nielsen Chapman, the Color of Rose

Have you ever felt as if you wanted to have an impact on future generations? That your ideas and creations should last well beyond your lifespan? You may be considering leaving a legacy.  To better understand this concept we can first look at the definition of a legacy:

leg·a·cy [leg-uh-see] IPA noun, plural leg·a·cies.
1. Law. a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will; a bequest.
2. Anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor: the legacy of ancient Rome.
3. An applicant to or student at a school that was attended by his or her parent.
4. Obsolete. The office, function, or commission of a legate.

As you can see a legacy can mean a variety of different things, but the kind of legacy we’re talking about can’t be found on dictionary.com because its more than just a simple definition.  It doesn’t have to be tangible like money or property and it doesn’t have to be restricted to an ancestor or predecessor.  Yet it is a gift handed down through generations through your impact and word.  This type of legacy is immensely powerful and is a great tool to help your dreams live on beyond your years.

According to Carl Gustav Jung there are 7 basic principles to leaving a legacy and fulfilling your dreams. The first principle is to “know thyself”.  Stop and take a minute and reflect on your life.  Ask yourself what you stand for?

The second principle is to “know your impact”.  Understand that your actions have effects on people all around you, some may be close like your family and others may be distant like that stranger you chatted with in line for your morning coffee.

The third principle is to understand that “they need what you need”.  Yes people are individuals and unique but we all share common needs such as happiness.  Embrace common humanity.

The fourth principle is “others always have a choice”.  People can make the decision to follow you or not, don’t get bogged down by the people who chose not to because others will be others that choose to.  click to tweet

The fifth principle is “don’t judge or assume”.  By judging people or assuming what they are like, you can place them into unrealistic categories and are limiting yourself to potential people you could impact.

The sixth principle is “letting go” don’t try to control everything around you.  By doing this you will ultimately control nothing.  Let go be dedicated to your word and people will hear you don’t force it.

Lastly the seventh principle is “care for the heart”.  Be grateful for what you are given in life and do the most with it.  A grateful heart is a healthy heart.  click to tweet

With these seven principles guiding you discover and cultivate your gifts and create your legacy.  Life is short; your time is the most important currency you have.  Where you spend your time now can determine your success into future generations and can impact your legacy.  So get out, get motivated and create your legacy.

– by Kailyn Mooney