In his book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Dan Pink (one of my favorite authors) challenges us to focus our lives in a simple way. He tells a story about a woman who challenges President Kennedy that great people are defined by one sentence and she feared his legacy would be more like a muddled paragraph. Take a look at this short video.
Dan challenges us to find our sentence. The one statement that defines who we are, and acts like a filter for our choices each day. I took this seriously and thought about my own sentence. What would I want to define who I am, and what would I want to leave behind? Here is my sentence.
Was known for helping others on their journey.
That’s it. Pretty simple right? But think about how a simple sentence will resonate through everything we do. For this sentence to be true, then how I lead, manage, communicate, parent, or relate to others needs to be consistent. Did my actions help someone on their journey? Today?
Dan goes one step further and wants us to ask ourselves one more question. A way of putting action behind your sentence.
“Was I better today than yesterday?”
So over the next few days…take Dan’s advice. Find your sentence, then put it into practice daily. I look forward to hearing about the results.