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Blog 21: Live your Life by Design

Unleash the architect within you and sculpt your destiny - free yourself and embrace a life crafted by your own design! Why settle for imitating someone else when you can unveil the exquisite beauty of your unique self?
Blog 21: Live your Life by Design
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As humans, we possess incredible complexity and unpredictability. Our decisions, actions, and thoughts are shaped by many internal and external factors - from our genetics and upbringing to our environment and experiences. By intentionally shaping our goals, habits, and routines, we can have greater control over our destinies and create fulfilling, meaningful lives. In this way, living by design is not just important - it's essential to realising our true potential.

Welcome to the extraordinary journey of "Live Your Life by Design" where possibilities are boundless, and dreams are transformed into reality. Step into a realm where you become the architect of your own destiny, empowered to mold your life into a masterpiece of fulfilment and success. Brace yourself for an exhilarating experience that transcends the ordinary, as we embark on a transformative expedition forged with intention, purpose, and unwavering determination.

Are you ready to unleash your full potential, embrace infinite possibilities, and create the life you've always craved?
The adventure begins now - let's design a life that leaves a remarkable legacy!

Definition of Life by design

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Living a life by design means consciously and intentionally creating the life you desire. It involves setting goals, creating a plan, and acting towards achieving your desired outcomes rather than letting life happen to you or simply going with the flow. It also involves being aware of your values, passions, and purpose and aligning your actions and decisions with those core aspects of yourself. Living a life by design empowers you to take control of your life and create a meaningful and fulfilling existence.

Why is this important

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Living your life by design means having a clear plan and purpose rather than drifting aimlessly. This is important for several reasons.

Firstly, it provides a clear direction, helping you make decisions and align with your goals.

Secondly, it brings fulfilment and satisfaction as you work towards something meaningful and progress personally and professionally.

Thirdly, it provides focus and motivation, helping you prioritise your time and resources and stay motivated during challenging times.

Fourthly, it promotes personal growth and development, pushing you to step out of your comfort zone and acquire new skills.

Lastly, living your life by design leads to increased happiness and well-being, giving you control over your life and allowing you to shape it according to your values and aspirations. Overall, living your life by design empowers you to create your desired life, leading to a happier and more meaningful life.

Here are 10 steps to create a life by design:

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  1. Self-reflection: is a crucial practice that allows you to delve into the depths of your being, uncovering what truly defines you, what holds utmost importance in your life, and what ignites your joy and fulfilment. It is a journey where you explore and understand not only your strengths and weaknesses, but also your values and passions – elements that serve as your compass, leading you towards crafting a life that harmonises with your authentic self. By devoting some time daily to self-reflection, you give yourself an essential tool for personal growth and ultimate alignment.
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2. Define your vision: Envision how you want your life to look in the long term. What kind of relationships, lifestyle, career, and personal growth do you desire? Write down a clear and compelling vision statement that inspires you and captures your ideal life.

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3. Set SMART goals: Break down your vision into specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals. Each goal should be aligned with your overarching vision and reflect what you want to accomplish in various areas of your life, such as relationships, health, career, and personal development.

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4. Create an action plan: Develop a detailed plan with actionable steps that will lead you towards your goals. Break your goals into smaller tasks, set deadlines, and prioritise them. Be flexible and adapt your plan as needed, but always keep focused on the bigger picture.

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5. Cultivate positive habits: Identify habits and routines that will support your goals and personal growth. Whether it's daily exercise, reading, practising gratitude, or decluttering, develop habits that align with your values and help you progress towards your desired life.

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6. Embrace self-discipline: Living life by design requires discipline and commitment. Stay accountable to yourself and hold yourself responsible for taking consistent actions, even when motivation wanes. Develop a strong mindset and persevere through obstacles, setbacks, and self-doubt.

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7. Embrace being human. Recognise that life is full of surprises, uncertainties, and unexpected challenges. Embrace the unpredictability and learn to adapt and adjust your plans when needed. Cultivate resilience, problem-solving skills, and a positive attitude to thrive amidst the complexities of life.

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8. Embrace burstiness: Break free from the confines of routine and monotony. Embrace moments of spontaneity, exploration, and adventure. Allow yourself to deviate from your plan occasionally, take calculated risks, and seize opportunities that come your way.

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9. Continuous learning and growth: Commit to lifelong learning and personal development. Seek new knowledge, skills, and experiences that expand your horizons and contribute to your personal growth. Embrace new perspectives and be open to changing course if it aligns better with your evolving self.

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10. Reflect and recalibrate: Regularly assess your progress and reflect on your experiences. Celebrate your achievements, learn from your failures, and adjust your goals and plans as necessary. Stay curious, adaptable, and committed to living a life that is authentically designed by you.

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If you are interested you could create a Lifebook which is an exciting and transformative process which you work on all 12 dimensions of life, check out the link below regarding this course:

Lifebook - Design Your Ideal Life | Mindvalley
Imagine owning a 100-page book with a crystal clear vision for the person you want to become and the life you want to live. Get your Lifebook.

I have completed this course and highly recommend it.

Remember, creating a Lifebook is an ongoing process that evolves with you over time. It should reflect your unique journey, inspire you, and help you design a life that aligns with your dreams and aspirations.


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  1. What do you want your life to look like in five years? Ten years?
  2. What are your values, and how do they influence your life choices?
  3. How can you live a more intentional and purposeful life?
  4. What are your unique skills and talents, and how can you utilise them to create a fulfilling career?
  5. How can you incorporate more self-care and self-love into your daily routine?
  6. What limiting beliefs or negative thought patterns hold you back, and how can you overcome them?
  7. How can you cultivate more meaningful relationships and connections with others?
  8. What steps can you take to achieve financial stability and security?
  9. How can you use your experiences and challenges as opportunities for growth and learning?
  10. What impact do you want on the world, and how can you work towards that goal?


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  1. What have been your most significant accomplishments so far in life, and what lessons did you learn from them?
  2. How have your past experiences and challenges shaped who you are today?
  3. What areas of your life could you use more support or guidance, and how can you seek help?
  4. What fears or insecurities are holding you back, and how can you overcome them?
  5. How can you practice gratitude and appreciation for the blessings in your life?
  6. How can you embrace change and uncertainty as opportunities for growth and transformation?
  7. What relationships or connections are most meaningful to you, and how can you nurture them?
  8. What habits or behaviours are not serving you, and how can you let go of them?
  9. How can you prioritise self-care and prioritise your own needs along with the requirements of others?
  10. What are some ways you can give back and make a positive impact in your community or the world?

Top Quotes

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“Live by design, not by default.” Aaron Sansoni
“A Life best lived is a life by design. Not by accident, and not by just walking through the day careening from wall to wall and managing to survive. That’s okay. But if you can start giving your life dimensions and design and color and objectives and purpose, the results can be staggering.”  Jim Rohn
Design a life that you are inspired to live.” Annette White
“Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.” Grace Hansen
“Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design.” Jim Rohn
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S Lewis
“You have two choices” You can make a living, or you can design a life.” Jim Rohn


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In conclusion, living life by design is not just important but essential for a meaningful and fulfilling existence. It involves consciously reflecting on our values, aspirations, and desires and aligning our actions. This empowers us to shape our destinies and explore our passions, unleashing our limitless potential. Embracing a life of design transforms us, allowing personal growth and intentional choices that lead to true fulfilment. It brings spontaneity, excitement, and serendipity as we actively pursue our passions and open ourselves to new experiences. Living by design also helps us transcend societal limitations, shape our unique identities, and inspire positive change in others. Ultimately, it is an act of self-love and self-discovery, affirming our distinct purpose and ability to shape our destinies. By embracing the journey and uncovering our extraordinary potential, we pave the way towards a life that is genuinely our masterpiece.

It acknowledges that humans are multifaceted and capable of experiencing various emotions, thoughts, and desires. Conversely, life refers to the unpredictable and sporadic nature of events and experiences in life. It recognises that life is filled with unexpected twists and turns, which adds excitement and unpredictability to our journey of living life by design. Life highlights the importance of embracing a life of design, as it allows us to adapt, grow, and thrive in the face of challenges and unforeseen circumstances.

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A new blog will be out on the 23rd of July 2023 which is called find your mojo, baby!

Are you feeling a sense of disconnect, lacking motivation, or simply stuck in a rut? It's time to reclaim your inner fire and rediscover the true essence of yourself - your unbeatable mojo! In this guide, we will embark on an exhilarating journey to help you uncover your passion, purpose, and the extraordinary power that resides within you.

Don't forget to share your own experiences and insights to connect with other like- minded in our community!

Commit yourself today and embark on an incredible journey of life by design.
First put all the things you like in your life; how will this make you feel! Also there may be things you may need to remove from your life too. You need time to ponder about this.

Have a wonderful week!


Mukti Santos

“Design the life you want to live.” Rachel Roy