It might sound strange, but one of my favorite parts of being a Hero On A Mission (HOAM) is reading my obituary in the morning. It’s the first thing I created in the HOAM course to develop my Life Plan. I like to sit down early in my morning with a cup of coffee, after reading from my Bible, to read this “hoped for” obituary about my life. It’s a powerful moment.
What I like about it is that it provides a short summary of an epic story that I’m very interested in: my own! It paints a vivid picture of:
- who’s important to me
- what’s important to me
- where I want to leave an impact on this world
- and why my life matters
When I read that document, I know that today matters.
As I have been coaching a couple people through the creation of their own HOAM Life Plans I realized my obituary was missing something. In order to make it even more of a vivid picture for me, I need to add some quotes from people. So this past week I edited my obituary.
I decided to use two people: my oldest daughter and a person I haven’t even met yet. I imagined them using their own voice to speak to the difference my life had made in their lives and the lives of others. Wow! That adds some emotional zip!
I’m looking forward to reading my revised obituary this coming week to see what kind of lasting impact the edits will have for me. If you have a HOAM Life Plan, I encourage you to be willing to made edits and revisions. This is especially true the first few months you use it.
Make it powerful.
Make it enjoyable.
Make it emotionally intense.