The Power of Designing Your Life
Author: Elle Miller
In today's world, many factors like the economy, politics, and even our health can be beyond our control. But there's one thing we have full control over - ourselves. With a human agency, we have the power to think and act for ourselves. And that's a blessing!
From childhood, we're put through many controlling systems like mass media, education, societal expectations, family expectations, the rat race, and financial institutions. This can hold us back from living the life we truly want. Have you ever stopped to think about what that life looks like for you?
If not, it's never too late to start. Remember, "It's never too late to be what you might have been" - George Eliot.
Lifestyle Design is the idea that we can design a life of our own choosing and volition. It's your life, and you get to live it. Your lifestyle is the result of your choices and actions, so if you're not where you want to be, you have the power to change it.
A lifestyle encompasses all aspects of our daily existence, including how we spend our time and money, where we spend our time, who we spend it with, and what we do in our free time. By designing your lifestyle, you can create a life of fulfilment through family, purpose through work, community through volunteering, creativity through arts, growth through spiritual practices, connection through relationships, abundance through frugality, and satisfaction through gratitude.
One way to implement Lifestyle Design is by creating the wealth you desire. Think about what financial freedom means to you. What's your earning goal? Do you have one? Great! What's holding you back from achieving it?
Many people have a lot of excuses here.
- I’m not earning enough. Ok, it’s time to upskill and change your job or get a promotion. Make time for side hustles. Find additional income options
- I’m in debt. Ok, make a plan and start paying it off.
- I don’t have savings to invest with. Increase your income, cut out unnecessary expenses, save more and add more to your investment fund.
…all of these situations can be overcome. Up-skill, get a promotion, start a side hustle, make a debt repayment plan, increase your income, save more, and cut out unnecessary expenses.
Remember, to have, you must first “be”. If you want to be a millionaire, you need to embody the traits of a millionaire, such as managing your money well, having valuable skills, being mindful about where your money goes and seeking out investment opportunities for growth.
Here's your homework: write down one goal you want to achieve in your dream life, be it a dream house, millionaire status, or a business. Describe it in detail and think about the characteristics of someone who has achieved that goal. This will be your action guide, showing you everything you need to work on to make your dream a reality. So, go ahead, and start living the life you want today!
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