Ask yourself this: if you could, would you change anything about your life?
There is a good chance that even if you are happy with most of the things that you have around you, you will still make some changes to your current life. Some of these things may be small changes that are easy to implement, but what if you feel that you may need some more significant change?
For sure, this can be somewhat overwhelming, and there is a much greater chance that you will find it harder to be motivated to make those seemingly impossible changes.
I am here to tell you that this doesn’t have to be the case. It is hard to change your life, but you need to realize that even the biggest dreams, even the most major lifestyle changes, can happen. You just need to make some smaller tweaks to get there.
What Does “To Live by Design” Mean?
This is where the idea of living by design rather than by default comes in. When you live by default, then you are reacting to the things that are happening to you, as and when they are happening.
You don’t have any control over what happens in your life—you just go through it, experiencing whatever is thrown at you and feeling that there is nothing that you can do about it.
Living by design, in comparison, means doing whatever you can to take charge of your life. You make decisions that impact how you feel and what happens to you. Or, at the very least, you practice things such as mindfulness, which allows you to react appropriately to your situations.
It is good for all of us to try and live our lives by design. So, if you want to know more about how you can do this, I have put together my top tips on how to live by design.
1. Have a Sleep Routine
You may think that sleep routines are for children, but this isn’t strictly true. Yes, sleep routines will help children feel ready for bed and get the right amount of rest. But, they can be just as useful for adults too.
If you teach your body (and your mind) that it is time to wind down for bed, then you are going to be in a much better place to get some sleep. Think about what you want to do before you go to bed and make sure that you do it, whether it’s having a hot chocolate or settling down with a good book.
2. Be Mindful
Mindfulness is recommended for various aspects of our lives, be it positive mental health or simply finding a connection with the world around us. If you want to make active choices about what happens to you, then being mindful is a key part of this.
Rather than worrying about what might happen or what has happened in the past, if you focus on the moment that you are in right now and how you are feeling at that precise point in time, then you are going to be better placed to deal with whatever life wants to throw at you.
3. Set Some Boundaries
How you let others treat you can be a massive part of what happens to you during your life. It is very important that you have boundaries between what you will do and what you won’t do.
Think about how you can help those around you and how you can support them without it having a detrimental impact on your life and your emotional well-being.
Once you know what you can offer, then set some boundaries for yourself. Tell people what you can do and, above everything else, don’t be afraid to say no. It might not be what the other person wants to hear, but it is what you need to say.
4. Say Your Desires Out Loud
How can you ever know what you want in the long term if you don’t say it? This means that one of the best things you can do to try and give yourself the chance to change your life is to say your desires out loud.
Not only will you be able to remind yourself of what it is that you want to achieve, but you will also be telling those around you what it is that you want to. They will know where you are heading, and they will—so long as they positively impact your life—want to go with you to get there.
5. Be Aware of Your Values
We all have essential values that form a massive part of who we are and what we do in life. This means that you should make sure that you are aware of which values appeal to you the most.
When you know what you value, then you can start to find ways to unlock who you really are and be ready to be true to that person. You can also ignore any of the thoughts that other people have about you and then, in turn, what they project onto you or assume is true for you.
To make sure that you are thinking about how to change your life for the better is to be grateful for what you already have. Gratitude is essential to practice in your life.
Not only does it give you the chance to sit back and think about all the good things that have happened to you, but it also set you up for all the good things that are going to happen.
Being grateful for what you have will also teach you that you can still find something suitable even in the most negative of situations.
7. Know What You Are Good at and Own It
We all have talents and abilities that we can use well. All too often, we don’t recognize these talents as being something positive, as something to be proud of—but we should.
Recognizing what sets you apart from everyone else in the world and how that makes you unique can go a long way to changing your future path.
If you know what you are good at and own it, you can work these gifts and talents into your future efforts. You can think about how to use it to your advantage and then get yourself on the right course.
Of course, if you are still learning what it is that you are good at, then you could always ask others what they think. You may be surprised not only at learning about how they see you as a person but also hearing these kind words from people that you care so much about is always going to make you feel amazing inside and out.
8. Create Your Blueprint to Live by Design
Living by design is an action, so don’t just talk about it.
Set up small objectives that lead you to your ultimate goal—your ideal life. Break down what needs to happen daily, weekly, and monthly.
As you can see, it is really important to make sure that you know how to take charge of your own life. However, the good news is that there are so many ways that you can do this and turn things around.
Don’t just wait around for good fortune to come to you and transform what it is that you hope for. Do whatever you can to change things for yourself—be the person you want to be and achieve the things you want to accomplish in your future.