Design Your Life
We all design, craft and shape all the time, whether our focus is a family, a business, a career, a lifestyle, a home or a lifelong dream. We’re all working with the materials at hand to create something new, and if we’re doing it right, something wonderful.
As Naomi Cleaver, interior designer, TV presenter and author says–“Everyone is a designer.”
I agree with Naomi, we are all designers.
But what happens if we consciously view our entire life as a design challenge?
What if we give some thought and attention to creating a design brief for our life – one that will help us craft the most amazing life available to us?
I’ve been a designer all of my working life, so I’m used to following the design process, i.e., beginning with an objective or idea, then exploring ways to bring it into reality.
In recent years, though, I’ve begun turning these skills to new arenas, beyond the studio. I’ve been applying the principles of design in all areas of my life.
And not only is it extremely satisfying and great fun – it’s been eye-opening just how much it’s possible to tweak and alter my life to fit more joyfully with my preferences and dreams.
I’ve learned that once we adopt a designer’s mind – looking for solutions, getting creative, experimenting etc… – we discover new ways of living, new solutions to old problems, and surprising new options where we’d once seen only obstacles and limitation.
Reviewing our life with a designer’s eye is liberating and empowering – and leads to some exciting outcomes.
So, I invite you to join in the fun of Life – By Design.
You can begin right now, at any level of commitment that feels good. And you can begin with whichever area of your life you’d most love to implement a wonderful new design.
Whilst a complete life overhaul is a considerable creative challenge, you can kick-start the creative process simply by giving some thought to the idea.
Designing your life begins with simply opening to the idea that you are in charge.
You are the designer of your life.
Of course, you may not be able to control every aspect of your life, and there may be conditions, obligations or commitments that you can’t or don’t want to change.
But once you begin to look, once you get curious about what you are able to redesign, you’ll find that there are plenty of areas where you can do things differently.
You can make new decisions and set clear intentions that will gradually shape and craft your life into something that looks and feels more like the life you used to imagine, the life you dream of those days when you allow yourself to dream.
Designing or redesigning your whole life is a major and ongoing project, but to help you just begin playing with the idea, here are 3 easy ways to start exploring the fun of Life By Design.
Review, assess. Just notice what’s going well in your life.
What would you love more of?
What would you love to build on?
What would you prefer to phase out, release or replace?
Note: No action required at this stage! You don’t need to change anything. Awareness alone is a catalyst – just by noticing, you’ll begin to think and maybe even act a little differently, i.e. more in line with the life you’d love to be living.
So just begin to get a sense of the existing blueprint of your life; where you are, what you’re doing, and how you feel about the many different elements that make up your life as it is today.
What would you love?
What would you love to do?
Where would you love to go?
Where would you love to live?
Who do you want to be?
What joys and experiences and pleasures do you want to have in your life?
What do you want your life to be about?
What do you want your legacy to be?
You don’t need to know the answers to these questions, and you certainly don’t need to make them happen or even know how/if they could. All you need to do at this stage in the design process is to flesh out your vision and intentions. You just need to begin playing with the process of creating the brief.
So, just ponder, muse, imagine. This is your life and you are the chief designer, so you get to choose anything that excites or entices you. Challenge yourself to imagine even more wonderful ways to live than you’ve ever thought possible before.
(Because if you can imagine it, there’s a reason…)
Begin asking: What if…?
What if that problem was solved?
What if you actually could follow that dream?
What if things changed – even though you can’t see any way how they could?
What might be different in a year’s time?
What would be better?
This is an exercise in flexing your creative muscles – something that will serve you well in every aspect of your life. So, open your mind to new ideas and solutions. Explore new ways to do the day-to-day things.
Just by playing with these ideas, you’re priming your creative mind to wake up and begin showing you new possibilities and suggestions. All you need to do is stay open and stay curious.
You are creative
You are a highly creative being. Just look at what you’ve created so far: your whole life!
However you feel about your life today, now is the perfect time to begin a new phase of intentional design.
So, why not begin exploring this idea of your life – designed by you?
• Review your life (with compassion).
• Imagine how you’d truly love your life to look and feel, how you would love to live.
• And get playfully curious about where you do have the power to make changes,
Find areas where you have the freedom to make the choices that delight you.
Begin to view your life as a wonderful and exciting design challenge, where you are the VIP client who deserves nothing less than the best that’s possible. (If it’s possible, why settle for less?)
Then get ready for the magic that happens when you embrace the empowering idea that you are the designer of your life…
“Follow your bliss, and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
~ Joseph Campbell
Your Life, By Design is the ultimate creative challenge.
And you are the perfect person for the job.