Creating legacy through self-forgiveness

‘Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.’  Swami Sivananda

Creating legacy and breaking resolutions

Creating legacy is a (very) long-term process. This means you cannot complete a legacy project without making particular resolutions and keeping to them. But equally – because creating legacy is such a long-term process, you are bound to break your resolutions now and again.

Breaking resolutions is part of the game

I want you to know that this is okay, and that you are by no means alone in this. All legacy creators break their resolutions at some point or another. It’s bound to happen. The main thing is not to let the bad feelings that usually accompany breaking resolutions drag you down further. In other words – try as much as possible to approach every day as a new opportunity for keeping your resolutions.

Forget yesterday; make today count

Don’t think about what you did or didn’t do yesterday. Just make today count. And today. And today. Eventually, your legacy project will be complete. And then you’ll start the process all over again with a new legacy project. And again. And again.

Self-forgiveness as a virtue

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the amazing book Eat, Pray, Love, says that the most important virtue for writers is self-forgiveness. Because, as she says, ‘your writing will disappoint you. Your laziness will disappoint you.’ And it is only through self-forgiveness that you will be able to keep on writing after all that deluge of disappointment.

This is very sound advice indeed – not just for writers, but for anyone aiming to create legacy. Don’t let your momentary weakness rob you of the opportunity to complete your project; just get yourself back on track the next day, as if nothing happened. The more you get yourself into the habit of ‘forgetting’ the bad days, the more progress you will make on your projects.

What do you think?

How do you get back on track after a bad spell? Do you agree that self-forgiveness is required for creating legacy? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

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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