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Planning? Design?

Design is not just about what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. ~ S. Jobs

OK, I know. You hear those words and think of interior design or planning commission. Those are the ideas I had when I started hearing the phrasing a few years ago but then it became so obvious that this is exactly what super happy, super focused people were doing. And then it makes sense because while most of us go with the flow and hope for the best, those who are achieving their goals are doing so because they have set their intentions, pointed themselves in the right direction and are on their way. Will there be setbacks and unexpected detours? Sure, but with a bigger vision its easy to keep yourself oriented in the direction of your choosing.

Planning and design are all about making sure the pieces of your life are in alignment. Do you know what’s important to you? Do you know where you want to go and how you’ll get there? Do your values match your actions?

Let me ask you ~ are you happy? Do you feel like you have a real direction or are you waiting for that next raise, the next kid or even maybe the person to have that kid with, before you start going where you want to go?

I can’t tell you how often I have heard people say they are putting off something ~ a great trip, a new career, a big decision ~ until they are…fill in the blank. I know plenty of people who put off the trip, the new couch, the experience only to find they have run out of time. I’m not thinking its a good plan to go on that expensive vacation when you’re in major credit card debt but there needs to be a balance.

Being in alignment means that your words and actions match. That your activities today reflect your movement toward a longer term goal. It also means the practices you are putting in your life resonate with you; just because ‘everyone else’ is doing it doesn’t make it right for you.

We don’t know where the future will take us but that doesn’t mean we can’t make some decisions in the here and now so that whatever the future does bring to our door we’re ready. What are you doing to be in alignment? What are you doing to stay there?

Want some extra support? I’m right here just for that purpose. Give a shout out, get on my calendar and let’s see where you can go when you have all the energy you need!

Wishing you the best for your week!

~ Lisa

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