We Are All Lifestyle Designers
Whether or not people realize it, we are all lifestyle designers. Many years ago I realized this about myself and it changed the course of my life. Since then I've been learning, exploring, experimenting, and searching for my ideal life. I've studied everything from spirituality to business. Watching nature and Ted Talks. Looking for core truths upon which I may lay solid foundations to build my life upon. On this journey of creating a life I've hit many challenges. Here are just a few of what I've encountered so far.
Living is a fluid, evolving, growing process.
The Challenges & Solutions
Challenge - Defining Success
The first part of lifestyle design is knowing what you want. It took me a while to define what success means and looks like to me.
>> Following my passions even when they were jumping all over the place. Eventually the pieces slid together and started forming my idea of what I want to get out of this lifetime.
>> Doing the inner world work. For me that meant asking the bigger questions in life, sorting through my emotional garbage, and studying the beliefs I held about myself, the world, god, and the purpose of being alive.
>> Taking time out to sit with new knowledge and reconnect with my heart. I'd participated in a lot of different groups (each one carrying their own definitions of success), and it was easy to get caught up in their excitement of what they thought success was. Taking a time out to sit with the new perspectives I'd gained allowed me to digest the information and get guidance from my heart. The guidance came as feeling light, inspired, and alive. If I felt that way about something I knew I was on the right track.
Challenge- Creating a Balanced Life
Finding the balance between work, play, spirituality, finances, relationships, charity, and hobbies.
>>My definition of success helped me create a larger vision of my life. From that I made a mission statement and created a simple plan to reach my definition of success. Of course it's a work in progress, but it has helped guide my decisions about what to focus my time and energy on.
>>When I was my plan refer I'd go back to my mission statement and ask “does this fit?”
>>Keep everything very simple. Everything. Life is already complicated enough, by keeping things simple it frees up mental, emotional, and physical energy.
Challenge- Managing Time
Juggling business, relationships, hobbies, daily life, and sanity!
>>Re-reading goals regularly helps keep me connected to the larger picture, which in turns keeps me focusing my time and energy on what matters the most.
>>Using the 80/20 rule. Finding out what 20% of my input is creating the 80% of the results I want, then focusing on those activities.
>>Planning my week. With so many responsibilities to be juggling everything needed to have a space and time dedicated to it. Sitting down at the beginning of each week, looking at what needs to get done and what I want to get done has allowed me to plan for it. It's increased my productivity, helped me hone my focus, and helps me to see the bigger picture during the week.
>>Understand what the internal hierarchy of priorities are. I wrote down what I thought my priorities are and then compared that with what I was actually doing. This helped me examine the differences, explore the beliefs I was holding, and ultimately helped me shift my activities and beliefs to give me better support in my life.
Lifestyle design is something we all are already doing. If we take the time to define what success is to us, create a balanced life from the larger vision, and manage time we will all be living, building, and growing our dream lives.
What challenges do you have with lifestyle design? Post your comments & questions below!