Whole Life Strategies

Simple strategies to create what you want

8849765290_2f3a2551abSometimes, designing our life and work to be more fulfilling and fun is a challenge. Often, though, the biggest challenge we face is ourselves.

First off, we (all of us!) talk a lot about “getting what we want” and “having it all.” Think about that language for a second. (Hint: It’s passive.)

Designing is an active process. And it requires us to show up.

I experienced this recently while taking on a search for a new home. We wanted it to happen in a short timeframe. It’s not exactly a “buyer’s market” in Portland. We wanted seemingly opposing features. Inventory is low.

The first step in “getting what you want” is a willingness to step up and create it.

I was optimistic. I know from experience that there is a lot we can do to influence the experience we’re having — and the results we’re getting.

I like these four strategies for a start (and put them all to work):

The clarity factor. Far and away the most difficult part of creating more of what you want is to be really clear on what this is. It sounds like a no-brainer. And yet, it’s not. I find that few people are all that clear on what they want– and more importantly, why they want it. “I don’t know.” is not an acceptable answer here. Neither is “it doesn’t matter” or any other avoidant answer. Continue Reading

Are you out of your mind?

6627187639_6906c1bd9cIf you’re anything like most people I know, you’re no stranger to feeling overwhelmed. Crazy busy. Like a carnival has unfolded all around you and somehow you ended up as the juggling act.

This is, as it turns out, not the most effective way to go through life.

Often, when you’re unable to move forward, when you feel stuck, stressed or overwhelmed by what’s happening in your life (or your workplace – how many of us feel this way at work?), this is exactly the place you’re in. You have simply lost touch with reality.

That’s right. You’re not even here.

Yet, this is the very place where big action — and growth — is possible. If you can allow it to be. It is the place where what you need and what you do next is stepping out of the shadows and revealing itself.

Of course, it’s not always easy to see it this way. Continue Reading