Friday 22 September 2017

Your happiness upgrade: Write your eulogy

The book is based on the idea that there's no point in spending your life climbing the ladder only to realise that it was leaning against the wrong building
The book is based on the idea that there's no point in spending your life climbing the ladder only to realise that it was leaning against the wrong building

Marianne Power

The church is filled with the incense and there are mourners weeping in the front aisles.

You walk up to the alter to give the eulogy, only to look down and realise that the body in the coffin is yours. No, this is not a nightmare, this is a self-help exercise as dreamed up by Stephen E Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

The book is based on the idea that there's no point in spending your life climbing the ladder only to realise that it was leaning against the wrong building. Instead, you need to think long and hard about what you really want from your life and then use that goal to inform how you live every single day.

So, what do you want to have achieved before you die? Are you married with children and grandchildren? A solo world adventurer? Did you write a book or open your own coffee shop? Do you want to be rich? Or have had a simple life?

If you find the idea of your funeral too macabre, try this one instead: What kind of person do you want to be on your 80th birthday? I know the answer to this: I'd like to be glamorous and fabulous and happy. That's not asking too much now, is it?

Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net

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