5 Steps to Design a Remarkable Life
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”- Jim Rohn.
We spend a significant portion of our time designing. We design our homes, we design our work schedules, and we even design our feeds for the gram. But how much time do we really invest when it comes to designing our own lives?
Up until recently, I spent much of my time doing, and not really questioning. Were the decisions I made in my life carefully considered, or was I simply making decisions based on a plan someone else had written for me? Well-meaning family, friends, teachers and even career coaches would each have their opinions of what they thought I should do, and what they thought I was good at. But was what everyone else wanted for me truly going to make me happy?
After months of researching, questioning and developing my own life plan, I wanted to share with you 5 key steps to design a remarkable life:
1. EMBRACE YOUR CURIOSITY
According to the American Psychological Association, curioisty significantly correlates with intrinsic motivation and the desire to try new things. Curiosity is the driver behind everything we do. What it is that you want? What do you want to grow into next? What kind of life do you want to live? Embracing your inner curiosity will encourage you to ask questions and seek answers that you may not have otherwise considered.
2. BE WILLING TO TRY NEW THINGS
In a recent TED Talk, Bill Burnett of Stanford University revealed most of his students suggest they would need to live 7.5 lives to become all the things they wanted to be, such as become a ballerina, an astronaut etc. Burnett challenges this notion and says given we are only granted one life, why not go on an odyssey and try new things simultaneously?
Experimentation plays a key part in designing your life. In order for your life to change, you need to be willing to try new things. It is only through doing that you can truly understand whether something is right for you or not.
3. CONNECT THE DOTS
People want life to be meaningful and purposeful. Burnett suggests that if you can connect the dots between who you are, what you believe and what you do in the world, your life will become meaningful.
Be willing to ask yourself big questions such as:
- Why are you here?
- What is your purpose?
- How do you view the world?
- What can you do to make your life better?
- What would you do if you had enough money and didn’t care what people thought?
4. COMMIT TO CONTINUOUS LEARNING
One of the best investments you can make is to commit to a life of self-development and continuous learning. Over the past 18 months, I have become increasingly committed to self-care, self-development and self-learning. I made a commitment to listen to at least one podcast per week and read a minimum of one book per month. I wake up at 5:30am so I can dedicate the first 90 minutes of my day to work on my mind and my body.
Making a conscious decision to commit to a life of self-development and continuous learning will pave the way for new ideas and new opportunities.
5. PLAN FOR A REMARKEABLE LIFE
I recently shared my experience of creating my 10 year plan for a remarkable life. Schedule at least one hour of your time to sit down and put to paper how you envision your life, if you pursued everything that you wanted with the certainty that whatever it is you wanted you would succeed in. What would your day look like, from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep at night?
Dream big, and dream without limitations.
DESIGN YOUR LIFE
If you have an hour every night to scroll through the gram or plan your next holiday, then you can make the time to design your life. After all, what better investment could you possibly make than an investment in yourself?