Ever wish life could be easier, with less headache? Ever wish that the things you work towards would flow easier and meet less resistance. Ever wish that whenever you meet an obstacle, you would have a place to look for your next steps?
Of course you do.
I have good news! There is a way to live your life that can make all of this possible. I call it “Life by Design.”
Life By Design, Defined
The foundational principle to Life By Design, is that there is an intelligent design to everything, and by understanding and operating in accordance with that design, your life will work more efficiently and effectively.
In the case of our bodies and minds, the design comes from a long process of trial and error called evolution. The things that worked stayed in the gene pool, those that didn’t were ejected. We adapted to our environment’s nutritional offerings, learned to avoid and defend from the dangerous predators nearby, and our intelligence and social skills evolved to allow us to problem solve and live in community with others, thereby increasing our likelihood for survival.
Why did all of this happen? Simple. Because it works. It kept us alive and able to procreate.
I’ll give you a personal example, I’ve suffered low energy levels for most of my life. I just figured I was born that way, and was just naturally lazy. It wasn’t until I started getting interested in how my body was designed to operate, and its ideal fuel, that I began to adjust my lifestyle and I noticed some fantastic shifts in energy levels.
I discovered that my body wasn’t designed to be fueled by soda, pizza and ice cream. Huh, who’da thunk it? As I shifted my diet to include more greens, pasture raised meats, nuts and seeds, my energy levels sky rocketed.
This Isn’t Just a Health Concept
Everything has a design, everything. Your car, your hairbrush, your DVR, your smartphone. They all were designed to operate a certain way, under certain conditions, and be maintained a certain way.
If I were a betting man, I’d put money on that when you can’t get something to work properly, 9 times out of 10 you aren’t following the design, or intended use of the thing with which you are struggling.
This concept becomes very clear the moment you see the flashing lights of a police car in your rearview mirror. Receiving a ticket is most likely the result of not following the design of that community’s traffic laws.
How to Live Life By Design
- Discover the design: This isn’t an exact science. When it comes to your health, you can’t exactly call tech support and ask for the user manual for you. My advice is to use a mixture of science (peer reviewed studies), anthropology (study of humans past and present), personal life experiences, experimentation, and common sense to flesh out the design. In the case of an object or process that is man made, do a little research, read a manual, or call tech support to get what you need.
- Alter you actions: Time to form new habits! Discipline yourself to take new actions that are aligned with the design.
- Maintain your actions: If you slip up, and fall back into old behavior patterns, get coaching or support, reassert your discipline and get back to it.
That’s it. The process is simple, but not necessarily easy, at least for the things that you really care about. This is where an experienced coach can make all the difference.