Lifestyle Design Explained

I’m writing on the topic of Lifestyle Design because I’ve met way too many people in this world who live unfulfilled lives.  They’ve mostly let life happen to them instead of making life happen for them.

Henry David Thoreau said that most people “live lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

Maybe you’ve met them too, people who…

  • Have given up on the hopes and dreams they had as children
  • Just accept what comes their way as their lot in life, never realizing they can do something to change their situation
  • Are living on “defense” all the time, reacting to what comes their way, instead of going on offense and making things happen the way they want.
  • Have no idea what they’ve been put on earth for.
  • Feel trapped in a job they hate.  They believe they’ll never get paid to do a job they love.
  • Have a home and family life that isn’t quite what they had expected it to be.
  • Have it all but it doesn’t seem to be enough…there must be something missing.

You probably know people who fit this description.  You may even be one of them!

Part of the problem is that most people live life on autopilot.  They just accept whatever comes their way as their lot in life.  They don’t think there’s anything they can do…any steps they can take…to bring change into their lives.

I believe everyone has the ability to discover their passions, identify their calling or purpose in life, live their dreams, and do the work they love.

The process that gets you there is what I call Lifestyle Design.  Others have called it life planning, life design, work-life balance, living on purpose, or enlightened self-management.

We’ll get into the “how-to’s” of Lifestyle Design in future posts.

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