Creating Your Life By Design

A builder uses blueprints when building a house, yet some of us go through life not knowing what we want our lives to look like.

I bet you wouldn't walk into a builders office without having some idea of what you wanted them to build for you, so I have decided to not walk through life without any idea of what I want from it.

Lifestyle design is the new buzz word in the personal development area just like social media is the new big thing in marketing.

When you build your ideal Life's Blueprint or your ideal Lifestyle Design, what you are doing is defining how you want your life to look, then working on ways to attain that life.

The keys to creating your ideal Lifestyle Design is to be as specific as you can. Don't limit your options to what you can and can't afford right now, nor should you limit yourself based on your current job or career role.

This is truly a licence to be as creative as you want to be. Think of it as a bucket list type exercise. If you have kids, what kind of experiences would you want to share with them? Where have you always wanted to go? What type of home would you live in and where would you be based. What kind of work would you want to be doing and how many hours would you want to work. How many holidays would you go on yearly, what furniture would you buy?

If you are unable to come up with anything, then ask yourself the following 2 questions.

1 - If you had $300 million dollars in your account what would your day to day life look like.

2 - What would get you out of bed in the morning with a smile on your face. What would make you look forward to every single day that you are here on this earth? What kinds of experiences did you plan that day that inspire you, what fun and exciting things have you planned for you and your family, or how many people can you help that day. Find something that you would want to get up and out of bed for every day.

Personally, my lifestyle design focuses on my family. I want to be able to take trips back to my home in New Zealand twice a year. I want to pull my kids out of school for a year and travel the world with them. I only want to work 20-25 hours a week taking one week off a month and I want to have the freedom to work from anywhere.

That's just a small part of my full Lifestyle Blueprint.

The next step to this is to actually sit down and work out HOW to do all this. Basically, it means finding out how much this type of lifestyle would cost yearly, including normal everyday expenses, taxes, food and utilities.

An example:
If I want to work 20-30 hrs a week from anywhere at all, I need a business model or job that is mobile, flexible and where I can easily earn $500,000 a year to be able to life the lifestyle I had designed (this is a guesstimate).

The next step would be to learn as much as I could about the jobs or businesses that were viable options and start taking steps towards these daily either teaching myself or doing a course."

The most positive part of this that I have found so far is that the lifestyle blueprint I have set up is motivating enough that each day I actually enjoy doing what I'm doing knowing full well what I am working towards, and everyday I do something I am one step closer.

Design a lifestyle blueprint that you can get passionate about and you will surprise yourself at how many challenges you can overcome to reach your goal.