Living a Legacy – Journal

by Michael Simmons on Jan 29, 2010

The only way to truly live a legacy is now.

A legacy re-contextualizes how one relates to now.

This week was an interesting week in that regard.

I’ve had more energy and inspiration than I’ve had in a number of years.

Wanting to express this inspiration to myself, I’ve stayed up late journaling, working, planning and visioning.

Waking up for my 6:15 hype-up calls with Arel Moodie and Doug Fath on three hours of sleep was not easy.

Literally, the first thought that came to my head when I was thinking about going back to bed was, “Did I just identify my legacy for the hell of it? Am I going to ignore doing exactly what I need to be doing to be living a purposeful and meaningful life for me?”

Public commitment has power.

There is a very strong sense of fulfillment that comes from following through on difficult commitments made to one’s self. This follow through creates momentum and the feeling that one can do anything simply by committing to it.

When I think about my life, and what I stand for in every moment, here’s what I think.

I forgive myself for what I’m not aware of.

I hold myself accountable to what I’m aware of and I know I have the ability to do. Period.

I know that I’m capable of being in a peak state throughout the entire day or being in a resting mode when I need to be.

I am capable of eating only the most healthy foods in the most healthy ways.

I am capable of not taking out negative emotions (stress, hurt, anger) on other people directly or passive agressively, ever.

I don’t believe in balance in the sense that most people mean it.

I don’t believe in eating unhealthy foods to balance out the good foods.

I don’t believe in watching TV to balance out the stress from work.

To me, it is most balanced to maximize what is the most healthy for your life and minimize and eliminate what is not healthy.

I am not against enjoying life. There are just so many healthy AND enjoyable things. There is no need to choose things that are enjoyable in the short-term and detrimental in the long-term. As one of my friends likes to say, “Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.”

My biggest personal obstacle to growth is taking 100% responsibility for every emotion I have and not projecting my pain on to those closest to me so that I can feel better about myself. I do not have a solution that consistently produces the results I want in the heat of the moment. I have been humbled over and over and over and over and over (and over) again and again and again in this area!!! I sense that the solution is probably a simple one that I’m choosing not to be conscious of for some reason.

I pray for the resolve and clarity to take 100% responsibility for my experience of life always.

I want to know what I’m capable of. I want to know what it feels like to hit the edges and then breakthrough.


Please enter your email address to receive intermittent updates.


Please enter your email address to receive intermittent updates.

I'm the co-founder of Empact, one of the leading entrepreneurship education organizations in the world. I'm obsessed with understanding how we all can lead meaningful lives that have a positive social impact. I love probing into the truth of how we experience life. I believe that challenges are what make us grow the most, and I openly share my experiences. Continue reading…