Living life by design… your design, sounds appealing, doesn’t it? “Lifestyle entrepreneurs” is a millennial term that describes creators who are doing their work while traveling and living abroad. These entrepreneurs are amongst the few who have broken free of the usual programming of, “Go to school, get a good job, settle down, start a family.”
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These lifestyle entrepreneurs are amongst those leading the way into a new vision of life and work. When we hear about others who are succeeding at doing work they love, it helps encourage us to consider new possibilities for our own lives.
There’s another perspective underlying this concept: that of designing your life into existence. Not based on family or societal expectations, but a clean canvas on which to design your version of your life. It is, after all, yours! Today, we are at a time in history like no other. Our grandparents didn’t have this privilege. Most of our parents didn’t either. You do.
“If you do what you love you’ll probably be good at it. If you are good at it you’ll probably be able to make a living out of what you love. So do what you love and never work a day in your life.”
~Ian Hutchinson, Author, speaker
Life by Design
In our small family of entrepreneurs, we’re working on exactly that: building our life according to our interests and values. When your interests become your work, then it is no longer just work, it is also your life! This is why we’re able to work an average 12 hour days seven days a week going on several years now.
We get to work together from home in our joint ventures while supporting and encouraging each other to create passion projects as offshoots to our current endeavors. We call home our ‘startup house‘. Because we have a clear vision of where we’re going and the goals associated with that, most of the work doesn’t feel like work.
Rich isn’t just synonymous with money, rich is synonymous with living.
~Think & Grow Rich – The Legacy
Sure, it can be intense… sure, we get tired… and sure, we have disagreements, but after a good night’s sleep, most of the time we’re eager to dive back into creating and building. We’re clear on how all that we’re doing now will lead to more balance and greater freedom over time. Meanwhile, we’re totally enjoying the journey.
If you can’t’ work with your family in creating work you love, perhaps you can at least connect with others and make friends with those who are. Today’s online social platforms afford so much opportunity to connect with kindred spirits who will encourage and inspire you to grow your brand and build your life by design based on work that you love.
It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.
~Henry James, American author, 1843-1916
The Real World
Of course, if you’re choosing an alternate kind of life—especially if you’re a millennial—you may have those who ask you when you’re going to join “the real world”. Have you ever wondered who decided what was to be “the real world”…?
While writing this I was listening to one of my favorite soundtracks from the movie Inception. Thinking about Inception, reminded me of a quote from the movie The Matrix, along the lines of “Is reality really real?”
The more you make your life into the life you want to live, the more real your life will become for you. When you think about it, living someone else’s idea of a well-lived life isn’t what’s real for you!
“What is real? How do you define real?”
~Morpheus, The Matrix
Visioning Your Life by Design
The first step in creating a life by design is deciding what you want your reality to look like. Visioning a different reality and life can be a challenge, because we haven’t been there, done that and lived that before. Our brain finds it hard to process a reality outside the one experienced by our five senses. Unless we interfere. Like in the movie Inception, we need to insert ourselves into the future dream we wish to live, repeatedly, daily, through visioning.
As portrayed in The Matrix, the vast majority of people did not even know there was anything to question about their life. With the movie, Inception, it became increasingly difficult for the main character, Cob, to distinguish his dream state versus his waking state.
Both films beautifully represent the mind-bending nature of how easy it is to be swayed by what we experience based on how our mind processes our environment. That is why many of the top thought leaders and experts in mindset talk about training your mind to fully accept, believe and embody the reality you want to have. Not just the reality you are living currently.
Jay Shetty sums this up in a simple way:
Immerse in Your Future
Creating your life in your future, requires strengthening your mind muscle through daily practice. You must seek examples, experiences, and/or people who have the lifestyle you wish to live. In today’s connected world, you can generally find such people in some kind of online community. Associate with those who represent your mindset and the life you’re on your way to living.
And of course you’re invited to join us in the iCreateDaily Facebook group!
This takes the vision boarding concept of creating visuals and ties it to something tangible. Visioning creates a reality your mind will accept and eventually believe the more you elevate your thoughts and environment to reflect that vision.
Visioning creates a reality your mind will accept.
~Devani Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
3 Ways to Elevate Your Mindset and Vision:
- Immersing in content that elevates your mind and teaches you skills for growth
- Connecting with people and groups who share your interests (online and/or offline)
- Decreasing time with people who bring you down or accept you mediocrity
And… most importantly, you must associate with those who encourage your aspirations.
Stop hanging around people who don’t want to win.
~Gary Vaynerchuck, entrepreneur, thought leader
Design Your Life with Positive Habits
Success is based on the commitment to positive habits.
~Devani Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
Whether it’s a life of entrepreneurial, academic, corporate, or artistic excellence, success is based on a commitment to growth. Growth and learning are habits that come from educating ourselves and doing the work.
“Without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything, whether it’s a relationship, a business or a hobby.”
~ Neil Strauss, author
The Transformed Life
With health and fitness transformations, you can see the results of consistent dedication to weight loss, muscle building, and bodywork that sculpt the body into something new and improved. Others see the changes in your appearance, but not the months of dedication. To the one who trains day in and day out, the transformation is not amazing or miraculous. Rather, it’s a daily grind of effort that creates the success.
This same process is what’s happening when you create productive life habits. The challenge in lifestyle and mindset changes is that it’s so cerebral… it’s so “in your head”. However, as you cultivate the habit of a positive, growth-oriented mindset, steadily building the life of your dreams, you’ll notice positive changes in all areas of your life.
You’ll begin to see yourself as who you wish to be. When you are living the vision of yourself in your mind, the choices you make each day also shift.
“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”
~Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect
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Hey! I’m Devani, a multi-passionate creator who enjoys honing the craft of writing (mostly;)), photography, cooking, podcasting, learning about business, and growing brands. I co-host the iCreateDaily Podcast with LeAura Alderson (my mom), and co-own the iCreateDaily brand. I hope through the content and products we produce, you will be inspired to start, sustain, and succeed in your goals.
My non-business and artistic hobbies include: enjoying a good movie, discovering obscure but epic music, obsessing over The Beatles, and developing fictional stories in my head. My Maltese dog, Caspian, provides an insane amount of creative inspiration by just being his adorable self. #HeWokeUpLikeThat. 😉
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