Living a Life that You Design
Are you living life on your terms? Do you love your life? Are there things you want to change?
In my last two posts I have discussed concepts I learned from Dr Fred Grosse in a course my husband and I attended over a 12 month period. You can find these posts at;
It is now time to look at living your life by design. This concept impacted me greatly when I first heard it and my life changed.
At the beginning of this section Dr Fred asked us to consider these thoughts.
- Life is funded by work – we don’t live to work.
- Each day is a gift and has it’s own purpose.
- Am I living my own life or someone else’s?
We then went on to plan our Ideal Day, Week, Month , Year and Life.
We started out by designing our next two weeks. We were asked to include some 10’s (see my previous post – something simple you can do daily that makes your heart sing) in each day.
We also were asked to include some 25’s in the two week period (again see my previous blog for 25’s – but like a 10 but not something you would do every day).
Doing this activity in 2004 was the catalyst for big changes in my life.
I had 2 items in there for each morning that I really wanted to include in my life. They were:
• having a swim in the ocean every morning to start my day
• and having breakfast with my husband.
My reality at the time was: I was living in Sydney about 45 minutes drive from the closest beach. I did not swim in the mornings except for Sundays sometimes! Instead I drove to my office for about 50 minutes each morning – and had breakfast when I arrived there (while I worked). If I did not go to the office it was because I was on tour with various speakers we promoted and was living in a hotel room.
There were several other “wishes” in my ideal week that were nothing like my current reality. It jolted me into the realization that I was fitting my life around work and not doing the things that really made my heart sing. Now I loved my work but there was not much else happening.
The other revealing facts were I had very few 25’s happening in my life at the time at all. I realized that for pretty much all my life I had let my work be my priority. I decided to change and work out how I wanted my life to be, to design my lifestyle and then figure out how to make the money to support it.
It did not happen overnight but I now live in Noosa in Queensland Australia, which is a beach side resort town. I live about 4 minutes drive from the beach and swim many mornings. In the beginning I swam every morning but since living here I do not like to swim in winter.
I have breakfast with my husband and we now both work out of home.
It is a very worthwhile exercise to do and I encourage you to take the time to design your ideal day and week.
As Dr Fred says “if you spend all your life working -when do you get time for your life?”
In my next post I will discuss dollar productive activity and incorporating that into our week.
Let me ask you again – Are you living life on your terms? Do you love your life? Are there things you want to change? Please leave me your comments below.
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