Have you ever felt stuck?
Maybe you’re trapped in a job you can barely tolerate, have committed to too many activities or just know that your life is on a track you don’t want it to be on. If you’re like I used to be – daydreaming of all of the things you want in your life but don’t currently have – you can make a change.
While the process won’t be easy or quick, it is certainly worth it. Here’s how to design your life.
Start with the End in Mind
One of the first rules of lifestyle design is to start with the end in mind. If you’re not sure what that end should look like start with the one thing that is making you the most miserable now.
Is it your job? Your finances? Is your health in bad shape? Your energy levels? All the clutter in your house? Your over-commitments?
What is the one thing that if you changed would provide amazing results? Start with just this one thing.
Getting rid of the component of your life that causes the most stress, anxiety and unhappiness can create a domino effect improving the rest of your life.
Plus, it’s always better to work on one thing at a time. By placing your focus in one area you’ll see results much quicker.
Get Your Finances In Order
Most (not all) lifestyle design shifts are in some way related to finances. Personal finances are crucially important if you’re planning on quitting your job or making a career change. You need to first be financially stable to do so.
If you’re starting out with debt and no savings here are some logical steps for you to take. (These steps follow Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover which is a good starting point for cleaning up any money messes.)
- Save an emergency fund of at least $1,000
- Start paying off all consumer/high interest debt (Use the debt snowball method)
- Increase emergency fund to six months’ worth of living expenses
It could take you months or even years to accomplish this depending on your starting point. But this step should not be skipped.
If you want to design your lifestyle having your personal finances in order is pretty darn important. And if you aren’t making enough money to make headway on these goals consider getting a side job.
Start Making the Changes and Work for It
With the end in mind and your personal finance cleanup in progress start making a plan to change what you least like about your life.
If you’re trying to change your career start playing around with ideas and getting your feet wet. You can try different jobs on the side, take a course to further your career or focus on finding a new employer. (Just be sure you don’t quit your paying day job in the process!)
If you’ve surrounded yourself with mental and physical clutter make a plan and start working on it. Cut out happiness sucking activities, people and items from your life.
Whatever you chose start with the end in mind and make a plan on how you’re going to get there. And then work hard.
At the end of the day NOBODY cares about your life more than you do. Don’t leave your life up to fate – if you do so you’ll end up living a life you don’t really love. Make a decision on how your life will look and take action. Do the work and make the sacrifices necessary.
Remember, You’re Calling the Shots
Nobody can do the work for you. If you want to change your life, you can. You can find a career you love, get your personal finances on track, travel the world or put your body and mind in a healthier place. But to do this you have to quit making excuses and put in the work.
Remember, you’re in charge. Maybe it won’t happen overnight. Maybe not in six months. But with consistent effort you can do it!