Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Don't Leave Your Legacy on the Back Shelf of Your Mind

Whether you realize it or not, we're all working on our own individual legacy. Yes, our paths may vary greatly, but the way we establish and reach our personal legacy is the same for each and every one of us. First, there's a thought, then the action on that thought, which becomes a habit with routine, and in turn, it becomes one's legacy. It is as simple as that; you're building your legacy through your life's action. With this said, you might wonder why we do the things we do? Is it simply because we are reacting to a stimulus? Usually it is.

When I decided to move ahead with the idea to paddle and camp the entire
The Paddling Team of
Rodney Smith and John Kumiski
length of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) in an effort to raise awareness and educational funds with my great friend, Captain John Kumiski, it was in response to a stimulus. The stimulus was the declining health of the Indian River Lagoon. We thought about and considered this idea for almost  ten years before moving forward with it, but we didn't leave it on the on the back shelf of our minds forever.

As a writer, my mission is to provide my readers with entertaining, educational and enlightening ideas, focusing on using, and not abusing, our great outdoors. In the end, I'm comfortable with this legacy. I've also come to realize that we think we do our best, and our best varies from day-to-day and moment-to-moment. We do our best by keeping this in mind; the trick is to be honest with yourself.

Get more productive at polishing  your legacies by staying focus on beginning with the end in mind. It may take a little time to establish this direction, but it will be a worthwhile use of your time and effort. Do yourself a big favor, and don't fall into the human trap of leaving the important things on the back shelf of your mind.

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Rodney Smith, CEO of Little Pond Publishing;and author of Catching Made Easy and Enjoying Life on the Indian River Lagoon is a visionary and community leader who like to share his tales. Download these books digitally on Amazon, iTunes and Barnes and Noble by searching "Rodney Smith+Name of book"; or order the soft-covered books online!  See all of Rodney's upcoming events and exploits at