We all have good intentions.
We intend to start working out.
We intend to write that book.
We intend to spend more time with our family.
We intend to work hard.
We intend to be happier.
The thing is: If you died tomorrow, what would your legacy be?
All the things you intended to do, or what you’ve actually done?
The only answer: What you have finished.
No one talks at funerals about all the great plans, intentions, and goals you had.
Life doesn’t wait for you to complete our goals before ripping us from this planet.
The only thing you can do in the race against time is to stay focused and make sure you finish everything you start. Finishing is the secret to leaving behind a legacy.
As of today, there are 108 days left in 2015.
Everywhere I go, I see people talking about how much they’re going to accomplish in 2016. Why wait until 2016? Why not start RIGHT NOW?
Every time you push something off into the future, there is a higher chance it will never be completed.
Looking through Theodore Roosevelt’s accomplishments, a man who only lived until 60, we see a long list of completed items:
- Wrote 35 books
- Worked as state legislator, police commissioner, governor in New York, vice president, and eventually president of the United States for two terms
- Served in the Spanish-American War as a Rough Rider
- Owned and worked on a ranch in the Dakotas
- Graduated from Harvard
- Federally preserved 230 million acres of land
Every single thing on that list was something he finished.
Whatever it is you want in life, you have to get started with the first steps to making it happen.
Not next year.
Not next month.
Not next week.