Do you make yourself accountable for creating legacy?

‘Life is not accountable to us. We are accountable to life.’  Denis Waitley

Making yourself accountable is essential to creating legacy. By its very nature, creating legacy is about countering your Resistance to pursuing long-term goals and bypassing short-term gratification. If you want to create legacy, keep working towards your legacy goal, and complete your legacy projects, you need to make yourself accountable.

You cannot pursue your legacy goal in the long run if you do not make yourself accountable for it every single day. Pursuing a career as a best-selling author means publishing a string of books (i.e. starting a string of legacy projects). This means sitting every day in front of your writing pad, your computer, your desk, and working towards your goal. Most of the time, there will be no urgency to getting the work done. No one waiting for your manuscripts. No crowd of people cheering you to get to the finishing line. Just you, on your own, toiling away, often not even knowing if what you are writing is any good. To get through all this with your (best-selling) books in tow, you need to make yourself accountable.

Without accountability, none of your legacy projects will get past the honeymoon phase, as this is the only time in working towards your legacy project that comes with some degree of short-term gratification. In order to complete the legacy project no matter what obstacles life throws in your way, you therefore need to make yourself accountable.

So start thinking: are you making yourself accountable for creating legacy? If you are not making progress on your legacy goal or are not managing to complete your legacy projects, accountability is one of the main areas to look at. Don’t make excuses for why you haven’t done the work. Just get on with it and create a lasting impact on the world.

The time is now.

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Alexa Ispas

I am a social entrepreneur, blogger, and talent scout, interested in helping people who want to create legacy. I have recently completed my PhD thesis in social psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and am originally from Romania. I am writing a daily blog on creating legacy, which you can find at