How to Design A Lifestyle on Your Own Terms

How to Design A Lifestyle on Your Own Terms

Designing the lifestyle we want to live by is just as important as building our career. It directly contributes to our personal fulfilment and it defines our habits from the time we wake up throughout the whole day. Don’t settle for being ordinary! Quit old routines and live the life you always dreamed about!

Build it around a mission

We all seek our quests in life. Something that is bigger than us, something which gives a meaning to every single thing we do. It is more than our list of resolutions and our five-year goals in our careers: It is a purpose that pushes us forward and guides us in the right direction when we are in doubt and when we are making decisions.

If you haven’t found it yet, that’s fine – just keep looking! Gordon Bowker founded Starbucks at the age of 51 and Ariana Huffington started the Huffington Post when she was 54, and both businesses had become great successes driven by their personal missions.

“A ship in harbor is safe— but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd

If you have a purpose that makes you jump out of bed every morning then everything you do in life, even your smallest daily habits will be a product of that belief. Sometimes, you discover that you had been chasing a mission which was not right for you or which was not big enough, and it is completely okay to change directions as long as you feel that you are true to yourself.

Question the rules around you

Most of the things we do day by day on autopilot mode are the same systems we use since our early age. The way we eat, the way we form sentences, even our morning and bedtime rituals… Some of these unsaid rules are taken from our family, from school or the communities that had shaped our thinking at a young age. Maybe we picked them up later and didn’t realize that we got addicted to them. The main problem with this fact is that some of these principles might be fundamentally wrong and we stop questioning them because we don’t even realize we follow them. It just happens automatically.

It is time to get a little analytic over the habits that come naturally to you in your everyday life. Perhaps, you need to stop for a minute after reaching home and instead of reaching for your laptop immediately you could say a few kind words to your family or just sit down with your favorite beverage and reflect on your day. Maybe you should stop being humble when you receive a compliment and just say thank you or change the questions you ask from your friends when you meet them for a coffee. These habits might seem minuscule but if you look at the big picture, we are the direct outcome of the smallest pieces of our lives.

If you are interested in this topic and you are ready for a greater transformation you can read The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani, which will help you redesign your life entirely.

Don’t forget who is in charge

Even if we don’t say it out loud, we often we feel that we need to ask for permission or consider other people’s requirements when we change the person we had always been. Change might be scary and it might seem too hard but when you get there, your new life will seem just as natural as the previous one. Don’t worry about people leaving you or turning against you: the ones who really matter will support you and encourage you throughout your journey.

You are the only person who can set the rules in your life, and challenging others around you will be beneficial for them too, even if they don’t realize it just yet. It is not selfish to do what is best for you and what makes you feel satisfied and fulfilled in life! You can only perform your best and give your contribution to the business you build or the cause you stand up for if you are your best and happiest self.

So get ready to question every rule in your life, seek your quest, and make those small changes that will make all the difference!

How to Live A Life That Leaves A Lasting Legacy

How to Live A Life That Leaves A Lasting Legacy

Only those who dream truly big think beyond their lives on this Earth and wish to leave a legacy that persists beyond them. You don’t need to be the next Albert Einstein in order to be remembered (although, that helps too) but there are a few values you ought to live by.

Give more than you’re asked

People come and go: some will be missed, some will be forgiven, and some will be forgotten. But the one thing that’s sure is that you will always remember the ones who helped you in life. It doesn’t always have to be your money or your time. Sometimes, your knowledge is the biggest gift that you can share with others.

If you want to be grateful to the ones who had moved you up the ladder in your career, give back by mentoring others. Never be possessive about the wisdom you have encountered over the years because you learn the best way by sharing, and thus, others can benefit from it too. The next time they would be asked to recommend somebody for an event or an interview, you will be the first person on their mind because of the impact you left while devoting a little time to their growth.

Don’t complain, fix it!

Most people just complain about the problems they see in the world without ever taking action. Of course, you don’t have to fight global warming and famine alone, and you don’t need to adopt all the homeless people in your city, but you should only complain about the issues that you take action about. You can pick your own cause by asking yourself: What makes me angry in the world? Is it inequality? Is it littering? Is it something that the media has never paid attention to till now?

Once you have your answer it will be much easier to put your frustration into use and take one small step towards fixing it. Educate yourself, be creative, and you will find a way to make things better or at least raise attention to the issue. Who knows, maybe if you lead by example you will start an epidemic that gets further than you thought it ever would.

Integrity above everything

No passion can stand above the value of integrity. Even if you fail a few times or you go against the crowd, when people think back and mention your name you want them to talk about you as the most honest person they knew. There will be temptations on the way when you would know that breaking your principles would get you a high gain, but you have to stay strong.

While staying true to your integrity the first and most important step is to stay true to yourself. We all tell little lies to ourselves once in a while in order to feel better or make others satisfied. You need to discover these hidden clues and separate them from your inner voice so that you can make the right decision.

Dare to be different

Once you got through the trial of self-doubt, it is time to get a little… crazy. No man has ever achieved anything big while following the rules of society. They are just guidelines made by other men who, after all, were no smarter than you.

The great figures of history were often criticized, ridiculed, and doubted. They all had a little madness in them that fueled their passion and gave them strength to say no and to trespass the limitations of others who feared change.

Never stop creating

Out of a thousand tries, you might create your masterpiece at Version 989 but your efforts will not be in vain. As long as you keep a balance between your purpose and your relationships, your hard work will pay off and you will have people to celebrate it with when you hit the jackpot.

A legacy doesn’t necessarily have to be achieved by building rocket ships or painting the ceiling of the greatest cathedral. It can be anything that gives people a sense of meaning, beauty, or belonging. Be brave enough to express whatever is inside of your heart even if it’s not profitable or particularly useful to you. The point is that you left a footprint somewhere in the world that gives value to others.