What Is Your Life's Sentence: Have You Tried The Rocking Chair Test


I was listening to John C. Maxwell’s “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” on Audible. Maxwell is discussing his life’s sentence. John explains that he has been revising his life’s sentence for the better part of his adult life. It has been a work in progress because John’s life has been a work in progress.

But Maxwell has finally settled on the final draft of his life’s sentence: “I want to add value to leaders who will multiply value to others.”

What is your life’s sentence? Have you written one down? Have you thought of a life’s sentence; if you life is similar to the unremarkably average you have not.

I always have goals because my life is data driven; if I am working on a project, I need to be able to measure the progress. I have never had a life’s sentence; this is an overarching vision that defines your life.

I recalled an exercise that Tony Robbins labeled the “Rocking Chair Test.” The test is meant to place you at 80 years old and to sit on your rocking chair. You then begin to look back on your life examining if you have lived a life on purpose.

When done with the exercise, I decided that my life’s sentence would be to add value to others. The sentence was incomplete since my goal is to help leaders become better leaders I am adopting Maxwell’s life’s sentence.

Have you tried the Rocking Chair Test? Take a few minutes now or maybe dedicate a few hours over a quite weekend. With your life’s sentence defined it’s significantly easier to decide where you need to grow, and your growth is what allows you to add value to others.