Monday, July 25, 2016

You’re in the memorial business… now go be memorable!

Sheryl Baumeister,
Human Resources 
We’re in the business of helping others share their memories of loved ones, but what about us? Are we making memories?  Are we memorable?

We all want to be remembered for something. That’s what makes us stand out. That’s what keeps our legacy alive. But how do you set out to become unforgettable? It’s easier than you think. Be a “doer,” not a “watcher.” Live life. Don’t watch it pass by. Creating experiences in our personal lives not only impacts our quality of living, but those around us as well.

While you are out there “doing,” make it something unusual.  Many of us have similar lifestyles. We work, have a family, a home, a car, clothes… you get the picture.  We like to think we are special, but we’re all pretty much the same and similar isn’t memorable.  So, try something different.  Push your experiences beyond your comfort zone. Push beyond other people’s comfort zones too!

Remember when you were young and didn’t know the definition of “stupid idea.”  You followed the mission through, no matter how pointless or inconvenient… because it was fun.  The more pointless it was, the more fun you had. Why? Sometimes your goal isn’t to accomplish something worthwhile; your goal is to collect experiences.  That is what makes your life richer and more interesting.

Care about people and do good things.  When you stand for something, you stand apart.  Others will see your good works and remember them.  Surprisingly, in many case, the less you say, the more people remember.

Stop being so hard on yourself.  It’s okay to fail.  Run the race even though you might lose. Sing even though you can’t carry a tune in a bucket. Dance even though you have two left feet. You don’t have to be all-knowing, all-achieving.  Accept your faults, make mistakes and be gracious about it.  You will be remembered because you were willing to fail. After all, people who display grace and humility in the face of defeat are rare.

What are you waiting for? Go be memorable!

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