By Kate Matsudaira

The Key to Your Future


Next year is going to be amazing. And just like archery you can’t hit a target you can’t see, so over the next 3 weeks I want to help you think through your goals and paint a very clear target of where you want to go. The first step in that equation – is to […]

Next year is going to be amazing. And just like archery you can’t hit a target you can’t see, so over the next 3 weeks I want to help you think through your goals and paint a very clear target of where you want to go.

The first step in that equation – is to think big.

How do you want to be remembered?


Actually pause for a moment before reading the rest of this and think through your answer. What words come to your mind? What do you want people to think about you?

There is a popular “thought experiment” called the funeral exercise that helps you get clear on your priorities and your values. It can feel a little morbid, but it’s actually extremely effective for processing your priorities and the person you want to be.

And that is what this week’s worksheet is all about…

GET YOUR BIG THINKING WORKSHEET

Imagine your own funeral, as if it were taking place 3 years from today.

What would you like people to say about you?

And you don’t have focus on what people would say, but instead focus on what you want them to say. Who will deliver your eulogy? What is in their speech? Who comes to your funeral and what do the guests say to one another about you?

Try to vividly imagine the whole scenario in a lot of detail. Not because I want you to be morbid, but because you should be living on-purpose.

You should be cultivating the relationships that matter most to you. Spending time with the people that are truly important, the ones that enrich your life, and whose lives you make better.

When you set your goals for next year, the one thing I want you to focus on is what really matters in your life. The real difference-makers. And figuring out what those are is what this week is all about.

As you go through this exercise please pay careful attention the words you use, too. These will be really helpful as you establish you yearly theme next week!

And if you missed the first week’s part of this series you can check it out on the Ink+Volt blog here.

See you next week!

Kate