When we write a book, we always begin with the end in mind. We ask a client specific questions over six weeks on telephone coaching calls. This is an intentional process for creating speeches and writing books.
One of the questions I ask is: What was the best day of your life?
It’s a profound question.
When you can identify the best day of your life, your voice is filled with joy and you have a lot to say. The best day of your life leads to understanding your purpose and often turns into an entire chapter.
But another question we ask is:
What was the worst day of your life?
That’s a question that not only leads to a chapter, but changes lives. The worst day of your life can change your life forever. It’s where destinies are made.
Jennifer Mcalister survived the Boston marathon terrorist attack. Like every other mom there that day, she had worked hard to qualify, and that moment meant that her kids could experience her victory and learn from her hard work. That was a day that no one could have predicted, and it became the core of her legacy in her new book about Trust. It’s a perfect example of how you can turn your tragedy into triumph to help others.
The worst day of my life is captured here in this TED talk. It changed my life. But I used it to harness the power of my calling to change lives for a thousand generations.
What’s your legacy?