10 structure elements for creating legacy

‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’  Aristotle

Creating legacy and the need for good structures

Creating legacy is largely accomplished through setting up structures that make it easier for us to keep working on our legacy-related tasks, one bit at a time. These structures take time to design and set up, and you might have to revise them every once in a while.

But taking time to set up the initial structures in the first place is really worth it, because once they are in place they will make it much easier for you to make daily choices that are focused on fulfilling your long-term plans, not just on putting out short-term fires.

An example of an effective structure

To give a non-legacy related example, last summer I decided I needed to shed a few pounds, so I made a plan of what I could and could not eat, how much exercise I needed etc. But I didn’t just rely on being iron-willed and sticking to my diet; I got rid of any non-healthy food in my food cupboard.

So when I was hungry for a snack, I had two options: I could either eat a healthy snack that I could find in my cupboard; or I could go to the shops and buy myself something less healthy. This meant that either I would eat something healthy or I would get some exercise – both of which were in line with my dieting and fitness plans.

Examples of structure elements for creating legacy

You may think that setting up good structures for creating legacy is more complicated than a slimming regime; but we have already talked about a number of structure elements over the past few weeks. Here are ten structure elements you can use to design an effective structure for working on your legacy projects:

1. Kick-start your day with a ritual.

2. Introduce success into your daily life.

3. Have a legacy project HQ for each legacy project.

4. Assign a time allotment for each legacy project.

5. Set and celebrate reaching milestones.

6. Give yourself time to think before taking on new commitments. 

7. Have a supportive network. Avoid parasites and leeches, and if necessary use unconventional ways to gather a supportive network.

8. Chunk things up.

9. Set yourself realistic resolutions.

10. Make yourself accountable for creating legacy.

What about you?

What kind of structures do you put in place to keep you focused on creating legacy? How do you enforce those structures in your daily life? I’d love to read your thoughts 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 www.alexaispas.com