I have to credit Paul McKenna with asking the question in one of his books ‘What would it say on your gravestone’. When I first encountered this question, many years ago, I was shocked to realise that mine would probably say ‘She was well-organised, always on time and never missed a deadline’. And I wish I was joking, but I’m not. It was the wake-up call I needed to realise that my single-minded pursuit of business goals, and running my personal life on similar lines, meant I probably wasn’t a very nice person to be around! And not that happy!
Try asking yourself the same question, but with the knowledge that you are doing this for your own self-awareness and so you can learn and grow. The simple fact that you are reading this this far probably means that your answer won’t reflect the way in which you really wanted your life to have meaning.
Then ask yourself what you would like it to say. This is where you have to think about what you want your life to mean.