I’m excited to have Marquita Herald do a guest post on my holistic blog! Marquita is an author, transformational guide, and creator of the Life by design blog which has fantastic advice, tools, strategies, encouragement, and tips to help inspire you to live your best life! Make sure you visit her blog for your weekly inspiration.
HERE’S MARQUITA’S POST:
Regardless of geography, age or circumstances, there exists within each of us the need to have some sense of control over our lives.
The question that each of us must answer is are we willing to pay the price … to finally decide what really matters most, and commit to doing the work required to close the gap between current reality and the life we truly want and deserve.
You see, there are basically two ways to live.
You can glide along and let things happen, reacting to whatever comes your way. Not necessarily bad in and of itself, but in choosing to live this way you surrender control of your life to chance … good luck, bad luck, whatever the fates happen to serve up.
Or, you can be an active participant, living your life by design — making intentional choices with complete and total awareness of what it is that you are doing and why; fully acknowledging that you are making these choices in order to become the person you are meant to be.
Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of an intention.
If you think about it, many of the decisions you make every day are already intentional in nature; it’s just that over time our actions become so routine that little thought is given to the intention behind the action. For example, you wash the dishes because you don’t want a dirty kitchen, and other than using paper plates it’s pretty much the only way to assure you’ll have clean dishes to eat on for the next meal. Also you may limit the snacks your kids eat because you don’t want them to get full and spoil their dinner, etc.
But living your life by design is about thinking in terms of bigger picture intentions. For example, intentionally limiting snacks for your children to specific foods because you want them to learn to like and appreciate foods that will help them stay healthy, avoid becoming obese, and keep their teeth healthy and strong.
You see how intentional thinking gives greater meaning to your choices?
Purpose fuels your intention.
It’s human nature that once we decide we want something we want it as soon as possible, but there are no ‘quick fixes’ or one size fits all formulas for living your life intentionally. After all the very nature of life by design is to follow your own unique path, and what that looks like will be different for each of us because people will naturally focus on different areas to bring intention to their lives.
For some, their purpose is about faith, others social or environmental activism; often the focus is improved health and living a better quality of life. For many others it is about creating a particular lifestyle.
Choosing to live life by design is like building a house; it begins with a foundation.
Regardless of the life you wish to create for yourself, building anything of lasting value requires a strong foundation … and when it comes to living life by design your foundation is your belief. You must believe that you have the personal power and authority to create your own life experience.
Sometimes closing the gap between your current reality and the life you really want for yourself requires only minor tweaking; sometimes it requires a major overhaul. The good news is that no matter where you are in life, it’s never too late to begin your journey to mastering your life by design.
It’s Your Time Now – A Guide to Living Your Life by Design
Marquita has a new book entitled “It’s Your Time Now – A Guide to Living Your Life by Design” which will be available for sale on September 21st. to celebrate the launch of this new inspiring book Marquita has agreed to give away one copy to readers of my blog. To be entered in the drawing to win this wonderful book just leave a comment below or like Marquita’s Facebook page.
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