How to live your legacy from authenticity can’t be summed up in a blog post. What I can offer is a starting point, which I believe focuses on collaborating intimately with your personality type, a sincere and committed spiritual practice, and an ongoing quest to live your legacy every day. No biggie, right? 😏
A legacy from a Place of Authenticity
Legacy is often associated with what a person has left behind; a business, a foundation, a collection…
Now let’s look at the legacy rooted in your Divine Self, your authentic, higher self, and use it as a driving force. It’s accepting your choices, not judging them as right or wrong, only that you choose it to be what it had to become ⏤ an expanded version of you. A legacy life moves away from focusing on what we earn to how we can serve with a concentration on purposeful prosperity.
The latter form of legacy arrives from a personal, genuine viewpoint, embracing your uniqueness and intentionally living your legacy in the here and now. A legacy life can influence one, two, or ten thousand people.
I love this quote from Mother Teresa.
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”Mother Teresa
How many of us program ourselves to worry about the numbers? It’s an epidemic. Can you imagine a boss saying, how many people did you make smile today? You’d look at them like they’d lost their mind, but in reality, aren’t people always more important than the bottom line?
The Authentic Legacy of You
I believe when you live your authentic legacy, living from your Youness, the world receives a gift like no other. You’re motivated to lead a life that’s bigger than you. It’s creative, passionate, and lives beyond you – your life on earth. Inherently, when you shift to legacy living, your inspiration comes from who you are, authentically ⏤ your true Self. You measure your life purpose beyond the preconceived beliefs of wealth, recognition, prestige, acclaim, power, or position. It goes back to the idea of purposeful prosperity, serving others instead of helping yourself, and accumulating wealth with the outcomes of materialism versus servitude. Yes, I’m an idealist!
Can you begin to see that legacy living answers the question, Who You Are, allowing you to create a life around self-understanding and total acceptance of yourself?
Seek to create change not because a thing is wrong, but because it no longer makes an accurate statement of Who You Are. Neil Donald Walsch Conversations with God, Book One
Unpack Your Personality
Here’s the rub. How do you manifest a personal legacy if you’re not in touch with your authentic self? You can try, but your true Self will show up to let you know you’re out of alignment. The dark night of the soul comes knocking at your front door. I choose not to answer the front door for years, but guess what? I heard the knocks coming from the back doorbell.
When the dark night of the soul came a-knocking, I didn’t understand what I was in for. I didn’t know myself, and I definitely couldn’t speak from an authentic voice. I lived from a fake persona, pretending to be who I thought everyone else wanted me to be.
My dark night hit me like a tsunami; it was so big that it took me out, literally. My back went out, and I couldn’t get out of bed. So, I decided, lying in bed that day, when I find my way out of this mess, I want to help others find their way too. As the weeks turned into months, turned into years. I slowly started to discover my personality type. The answers came slowly at first. It’s when I learned to trust that things began to flow. Spiritual Personality Typing® is what got me out of bed and moving forward.
A Personal Legacy Statement
Your personal legacy statement is your manifesto for choosing a life you love, and it gives you a way to influence others ethically. Don’t mistake your personal legacy for a goal. Goals can be a person’s ambition to achieve, efforting a desired result, or finite endeavors to reach a goal. Can you see the differences between goal setting and a legacy statement?
“My past life is now working through me, for me, supporting my future self.” Nina Zapala, Spiritual Personality Typing for Self Discovery.
How to Create a Personal Legacy
First, I don’t believe you can create a personal legacy statement without intimately knowing your authentic self. Personal legacies should include what’s important to you, your values and beliefs, and how you want to be of service.
Life becomes a frustrating and debilitating task if you don’t know what’s important to you. To be transparent here, spiritual personality typing is just the tipping point. All of us will need to overcome our core wound, which for me and many others, becomes our vocation.
Embracing your history and its consequences help shape a personal legacy. Instead of believing your past was disabling, rethink it. You could start by saying, “My past life is now working through me for me, supporting my future self.” This mind shift can transform what you believe to be terrible experiences (yes, I know some experiences are horrific – yet each experience is in play to evolve your soul) into pivotal moments of awareness that shape your future. In fact, it’s essential for your spiritual awakening.
Getting Started Five Steps
Here are a few starters to help you write your personal legacy, to live your legacy life from a place of authenticity. It’s your manifesto, your personal mantra — insert your words here. A legacy starts with how you want to effect change and define your life and the world around you. This five-step journal process can help you get started:
Get Started: Five Steps To Live Your Legacy
Maybe I should have said six steps, as one of the most vital steps is knowing your four pillars of genius that are hiding in plain sight; your personality traits!
- Stillness – power everything off and find a quiet place and still your mind; meditate, use calming music, or take a hike in nature, walk along the seashore, stroll through a garden…
- Significant Life Events – describe in a sentence or two a major life event from childhood or adulthood. Remember, childhood core wounds linger on into adulthood until you address them. Did you come from an expansive family? Move a lot? Have a lot of friends or no friends? Come from wealth or lack? Have you experienced a significant loss, heartbreak, disappointment, divorce, career failure, health issues, or financial upset? Journal on these core wounds, and take time for deep reflection as this is a place where answers and awarenesses exist.
- Life Success – it’s time to create headlines from your journaling. Here are a few headings from my journal. What I Learned During My Relentless Life Tsunami. My Hard Relationship with my Mother. I Can Finally Breath. Simplicity. My Journal to Self. Life as a Recovering Pleaser. Under each heading, write what you’ve learned. What values are essential and non-negotiable? How do you want to live in the world? What strengths did you discover? Which traits do you admire in another? Why? What gets you out of bed?
- Internal Callings – As you reviewed your life events from childhood into adulthood, what emerging patterns are you realizing? What’s lighting you up? How do you want to inspire generations for years to come? Remember, there are no failures, only courageous and bold life choices.
- Start Writing Your Personal Legacy; it can be three words, sentences, or paragraphs. My personal legacy example;
I believe I’m here to be a new path maker, a course changer, to disrupt the expected. I approach life with gratefulness, beauty, simplicity, and curiosity, no matter what challenge shows up in my life. To teach what I know, share what I love, and remain true to myself, knowing I’m making a difference. A Personal Legacy – Nina Zapala
Live Your Legacy from a Place of Authenticity
Spiritual personality typing advocates for authenticity, helping you discover your true Self – your personal legacy, to live life knowing you’ve made a difference. What if we all, in some small way, made a difference? Your personal legacy, when coming from your genuine self, powered by spiritual thoughtfulness, has the capacity to change the planet. Nothing makes me more excited.
It’s Always Been My Intention
It’s always my intention to help you realize different aspects of yourself. To inspire you to show up in the world better than you were the day before. Every day is a gift. You’re a gift, a gift with great potential. That’s why the Universe assigned you a distinct personality type and embellished your soul with your own brilliant personality blueprint. You’re here to remember and share your beautiful self with the world.
After a ten-year life tsunami, coupled with years of reflection and learning, I now know, on a soul level, that spirituality doesn’t come in a pre-labeled box. It comes from your heart-centered self – where the spirit mind resides. What many don’t realize is your personality dictates your spiritual approach to life. Just like it dictates your travel style, your lifestyle, and your vocation.
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I want to start a revolution with like-minded women who are committed to a life defined by a DIVINELY fabulous personality with a healthy heaping of spiritual undertones. The world needs YOU!
I’m working on finishing up a book or two and will then need to get a printer, develop a Podcast, and so much more. All new things for me, but I’m excited, exhausted, and a bit overwhelmed. 😇
Photo Credit: Nina Zapala in St. Lucia
Post updated: March 20, 2023