Legacy is perhaps a better word for it. The memory of the future. We create it every day.
It raises the question, “What will the future result of today’s work be?” It’s a question we prefer not to ask because it is unlikely that we will get an accurate answer. Looking to the future through all the volatility, uncertainty and cause and effect relationships create many shades of possibility. It undermines the purpose and value of the question.
If the purpose is to predict the future, this is most certainly the case. When the intention is to catapult the future, no question is more important. Consequential understanding provides a language helpful in navigating the nuances of our decisions and actions. Sensitivity to consequence, not just for us, but for the future, changes the metrics and weights we use in the execution of our options.
When legacy is at stake, the questions is not “How will we benefit?” but rather, “How will we be remembered?” or perhaps even “How will the world be better off for me being in it?”
The resultant decisions consider longer consequential timeframes. As a result, we build it on foundations that have stood the test of time.