Creating legacy by living in the present

‘You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.’  Henry David Thoreau

Creating legacy by cherishing today

Many people think that creating legacy is all about the future. And then there are others who think they cannot create legacy, because of the mistakes they made in the past. Legacy creators belong to neither of these two camps.

Creating legacy is not about tomorrow, nor about yesterday. It is about what you resolve to do about your life here and now. Learn how to make the most of every here and now, and you will create legacy.

Looking towards the past and the future

Creating legacy does require long-term thinking, which of course entails planning for the future. And occasionally you might want to engage in a legacy audit or something similar, to see what you could have done differently in the past. But don’t be fooled: legacy creators look both towards the future and towards the past is done so they can make the best you can of the present.

Your long-term thinking helps you decide what you need to do every day in order to complete your legacy project. The legacy audit will allow you to prevent carrying your past mistakes into the present. So even when looking towards the past or the present, creating legacy is still about what you are doing at this very moment.

Creating legacy in the present

You cannot create legacy in the past, nor in the future. The present moment is the only one you have any form of control over. Use it wisely. Don’t become distracted by thinking about what might have been, or what could be. Make this moment count. Don’t dwell on not having kept to your resolutions yesterday. Just focus on keeping them today. That is all you have to worry about. 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