Tired of living life on someone else’s terms? Frustrated that you spend 40, 50, or even 60 hours per week helping to build someone else’s dream? Want to live a life of happiness and fulfillment? Well, it might be time to finally become the architect of your own lifestyle.
4 Lifestyle Design Tips
The idea of architecting your lifestyle isn’t a proprietary concept. It’s something that many of the world’s most successful and happy people have already done. It’s called lifestyle design.
“Lifestyle design is about making decisions that align with your most important goals,” entrepreneur Navid Moazzez writes. “Your perfect life won’t just happen overnight, but each day you can take steps towards a life you love.”
According to Moazzez, lifestyle design means filling your days with people who energize you, work that fulfills you, places that invigorate you, habits that motivate you, and ideas that inspire you. How this plays out in your own life will depend on a myriad of personal factors and unique circumstances.
However, the following tips will help you get ahead:
Know What You Want
The first step is to get clear on your goals. In other words, what do you want out of life?
The key here is to avoid compartmentalizing your life into personal goals, relationship goals, business goals, money goals, retirement goals, etc. It’s impossible to balance all of these goals and create any sort of equilibrium. Instead, you need life goals that help you create consistency and clarity in all of these areas at once.
If, for example, one of your life goals is to be financially independent by the time you reach age 40, this helps clarify the types of relationships you do/don’t form, the types of businesses you do/don’t start, how you spend your money, etc. It’s an overarching objective that directs the flow of your entire life, not just individual aspects of it.
You can’t create the lifestyle of your dreams by standing still. You must continually be in the process of changing and evolving to a better version of who you were yesterday. And the only way to do this is to prioritize a lifelong love of learning.
Learning doesn’t have to mean “classroom” or “academic” learning. It can be reading books, listening to podcasts, joining mastermind groups, taking online courses, or even trying and failing. How you learn is up to you — just make sure you aren’t standing still.
Eliminate the Time = Money Equation
You can’t develop the lifestyle of your dreams if you’re working a 9-to-5 job, dreading Mondays, living for the weekend, accumulating massive amounts of debt, and working your whole life away to retire at age 65, move to a condo in Florida, and spend the last 20 years of your life watching daytime game shows on repeat.
The only way to architect your lifestyle is to get out of the rat race and cancel out the time equals money equation.
In other words, you have to learn how to scale your earning power so that you can make money without having to directly exchange your time. This means escaping the grind of hourly pay and creating a business where (a) people work for you, and/or (b) there’s unlimited earning potential.
Real estate is one of the best options — and it’s easy to get started!
“An online real estate course is easier to fit around your lifestyle,” RealEstateU explains. “You can earn your real estate license if you’re working full-time, part-time, completing a college degree, raising a family, or you want to get started as quickly as possible.”
Once you get your license, you can choose when you want to work, which clients you want to work with, and how you schedule your time. It can be a grind the first couple of years, but once you get your name out there, you’ll see your income and flexibility increase in unison.
Eliminate Wasteful Habits
Nothing kills lifestyle design quite like wasteful habits. Find the areas of your life where you’re bleeding time and money and cut them out. Not only does this preserve resources, but it also saves mental energy and frustration.
Regain Control of Your Life
There’s nobody on earth who has total control over their lives. But as you become more intentional about architecting your lifestyle, you can insulate yourself from many of the uncontrollable factors and risks that have a tendency to throw things into disarray. Good luck!