It all began with me asking myself this routine question , before leaving a place . I did not understand the POWER of this innocuous sounding question , till when I paused to reflect on it . I realized , apart from an obvious physicality , it has many more dimensions if you care to hear what it means …. " What did I leave behind ", or rather " What am I leaving behind " can be such an anchoring thought - if you really listen to what it means , that can help keep us / our behavior in check
If we go deeper , it can help unravel what ALL can we possibly leave behind on different dimensions
Everything we do ( or don't do ) has our invisible quality signature . 'Advertant ' or inadvertent - we always leave an impression behind & it is important for us to know / realise as to 'What are we leaving behind '
We may not , but what we achieve ( or fail to achieve ) will remain on public memory & will remind them of us - positively or negatively , that is why we need to be conscious of ' What are we leaving behind '
Demonstration / example What are we leaving behind
We may or may not be conscious , but by our behavior - which people can see - we can be a role model to follow / not follow for those ' behind ' . It is our choice to be aware of 'What are we leaving behind '
So is the case of Reputation , which is the ' Sum Effect ' of our thoughts , words & deeds If we want people to remember for what we are , I guess , it is important for us to know - 'What are we leaving behind '
I have shared in my earlier blogs , psychographically there are two types of people : Trader type or Businessman types .Traders are focused on creation of material wealth ( which can be faceless and transient ) ; Businessmen want to make a difference , they are desirous of leaving Legacy behind ; it is our choice - 'What are we leaving behind '
Memories , history
History is created by those who are on a mission , who are conscious of their purpose & reason for their existence ; They are aware and on a directed efforts ; we don’t need to alert them on , ' What are we leaving behind '
Mess / orderliness
Do I need to elaborate on what is happening here & why . This is a largely prevalent behavior of majority who is less self ware and much less socially conscious - They will not do what they are doing ( probably innocently ) if only they become aware of - ' What are we leaving behind '
Creations : Product , Process , Progeny , Ideas , Innovations , Tools , Formats , Art
Whatever we do or choose to pursue in life , the message is clear & universal - ' What are we leaving behind ' ; if only we know this , we will be very different , optimally leveraged & hugely fulfilling !
Thus , ' What did you ( or I ) leave behind , is such a guiding thought , it helps realization in us on what is appropriate, what is not ; so that we are well equipped to make a right behavior choice
On one hand , this question can humble us with a realization of enormous potential we have in what / how much are we able to ( create & ) leave behind ; on the other hand it can create a high sense of urgency , realizing that vis-a-vis our capacity , how much we are underleveraged - how much more that we can , but how much less are we leaving behind !
When now that you realise the enormity of potential and possibilities , for what your actions in the moment can leave behind ; there is a possibility that you can be more aware , alert in the moment you act , to think & design to leave behind what you will , looking back , feel proud about , both quantitatively - but more importantly , Qualitatively !
Powerful Perspectives is a program for Entrepreneurs, Corporate Leaders and Managers. What We Do is a function of What We See, therefore if we are able to hone our perspectives, we can achieve unimaginable results!