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Make Your Mark (and Make It Count)

How do you want to make your mark on the world? What do you want to be remembered for 100 years from now? These are the questions that can keep us awake at night, and it’s no wonder why. Studies show that two-thirds of Americans have absolutely no plan for their future. You might be thinking, “I don’t really need to make these kinds of decisions right now, do I?” And while that might be true, why wouldn’t you want to plan for your legacy?  

There isn’t much we can leave behind after our life is over, so why not try to make the best of it? Do you want to be remembered as someone who went along with the punches or someone who decided to punch back? If you’re ready to start crafting your own story, then you should try a few of these tips.

Be Confident

Confidence is one of the key characteristics of successful people, and it can help you make your mark. If you’re a confident person, there will be situations that you are more suited to deal with than someone who lacks a belief in themselves. Being confident can lead to you being more motivated, having greater resilience, and it can help you be more comfortable with who you are as a person. The more confidence you have, the more the “real you” is on display, and it’s imperative to your self-growth. Having trouble figuring out who your “authentic self” really is? Check out this helpful blog on how to do just that. 

Don’t let others tell you how to think. You know your own mind and beliefs better than anyone else, so when you talk to people about your passions, don’t worry about impressing them. Having strong beliefs is the first step to being the most confident person in the room. 

Self-doubt is one of the biggest things holding people back from achieving their goals, and it’s a common problem. The key to making a difference is being able to overcome those feelings when they spring up.  

Value Your Relationships

What you accomplish during your lifetime will be a large part of building your legacy, but ultimately it will be the people and the lives that you touched that will keep your legacy going. Think about it this way: Do you often hear people reminisce about a person who was hard to get along with? Some of strongest memories come from the happy and fun times we have together. 

Taking care of your personal relationships takes time and energy. But do it right and you will be remembered forever. Success really is all about the relationships you keep, so keeping it at the forefront of your life is a good strategy for your career as well as your personal time.

Take Risks

It seems like a lot of people these days are afraid of taking risks. It’s much easier to go along with the safest route to get the safest outcome, but therein lies the problem. Without risk, you’ll be hard-pressed to achieve the greatest rewards that life has to offer. Do you want to be remembered as the person who always took the easy road?  

By taking risks, we experience new opportunities, overcome crippling fear and anxiety, and it even helps your confidence in the process. As poet T.S. Eliot once said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

Keep Going

Going above and beyond what is expected is good, because it’s important to keep striving for greatness. That’s what great people do and it’s why they are remembered so fondly for how strongly they made their mark.

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