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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Conscious Life Design

"A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job."
from Gentle Reminders by Mitzi Chandler

That quote sums life up in a very simple and powerful way:
Whatever we choose to stick with will manifest. Sometimes we don´t consciously choose, but we always stick to something, and that something will determine our life. That is really good news, because it says that we can consciously design our life, no matter what the history, the upbringing.

I am fascinated with how people design their lives. I love to read biographies and see the conscious life design at work, how these interesting and successful people take it into their own hands and decide what to stick to.

It is true, our life is the sum of our doings, our decisions. No matter what life serves us, we still have the freedom to decide how to receive it, what to do with it, how to be with it.

The most successful and fulfilled lives seem to come out of an alignment with our own values and a conscious decision to stick to our values. I have seen that successful recipe in my work as a psychologist, and I am seeing every day now in work as a Life Coach.

It seems to make people unhappy and unfulfilled when they don´t reflect on their values and how they follow them with their decisions and actions; when people just get bounced around like a boat without a rudder and let it happen; when they act in opposition to their own values.

It is that simple: our actions and habits on a daily basis, our decisions, that is what our life is made up with, that is what our life will look like at the end. We have it in our hands to take it - our life - enough into consideration that we pause on a regular basis and check in if that is what we want our life to look like, if we are happy and fulfilled, if we are contributing in a way we want to contribute, if we are building our legacy, learning the skills we always wanted to, being the fellow human that we want to encounter ourselves.

I find all that to be such great news, such a wonderful and simple way to consciously design a felicitous life, our very own one unique life. It only makes sense to engage professional services like counseling or life coaching when designing this life that is so precious and so unique.

I wish you, dear reader, much success, happiness and fulfillment with it!

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