Season 2020 - Episode 3 Your Legacy
It probably isn't something we think about often, but do you ever wonder what people will say about you at your 80th birthday party? Or, has the thought of what will people say about me at my funeral come across your mind? If you answered no, you are probably in the majority. I'm not sure how many people think about these two questions on a daily or even regular basis, but I think about it quite often.
In one of my doctorate courses we were asked to present our future legacy to the class. We were instructed to think about the two questions above, and to provide examples of how we think we had left or would leave our legacy. We had 30 minutes to give our presentation. It was a surreal presentation to say the least. My presentation was filled with tears. Not of sadness, but of joy. I asked four former athletes to send me a 30 second video explaining to the class the legacy they think I left upon them. I didn't watch the video's until class that night. It was a big chance, but I wanted my expression to be genuine. I think we all do, don't we?
My homework for those of you that listened to this episode. On a 3x5 index card, write down what you think your coaching legacy will be. Be as detailed as possible. Second, after you have written down your legacy thoughts, under each one provide an example or two that suggests you might really be left with this legacy. This is your opportunity to share all the good things you perceive to have done during your time as a coach. You don't need to show anyone anything, but be honest with yourself. How do you think people will remember you? They may forget all about the awards and championships, but I'm positive they won't forget how you made them feel.