Start Where You Are

If you listen, truly listen, each and every moment is calling you to follow your heart and be happy. And once you acknowledge your hearts calling, nothing will ever be the same. – tony fahkry

Do you have a problem you need to solve?

Problem finding + problem-solving = well designed life

In my post, Ms. Problems I write about how I deal with mine but this post will help identify how to break down problems in order to change them or to change how we think about them.

So first things first, define your problem. Is this problem actionable or unactionable?

A beginners mind believes the path is set and so goes with it even though it’s not what makes them happy.

For example, I thought I wanted to go back to school for computer coding because that’s where the big bucks are.

I found that it was extremely difficult and did not fill my needs with creativity.

That wasn’t necessarily the wrong choice because it led me to where I am now.

But I tried it for one semester before I went to my advisor admitting that the field of study was not for me.

Together we created a new educational plan that tailored to my interests and so I ended up on the front end design of web-design because of that failure, which led me to a potential job offer after graduation in May. Success.

Because in life design, if it’s not actionable, it’s not a problem. It’s a situation, a circumstance, a fact of life.

life design assessment

A healthy mind, body, spirit starts with taking stock of where you are now.

Our emotional, physical, and mental health are the most important pillars for the foundation to aid in solving our biggest problems.

You get to define health in your own way with this exercise.

So to start thinking about it as a sort of dashboard.

As an example here is one from the book.

Work. Whatever you do to take part in the human adventure this is not just what you get paid for. Most of us have lots of work in our lives as parents, friends, community volunteers.

Play. what are you doing that brings you joy? Organized play that you have set aside for yourself something that could be competitive or creative.

Health. How many times do you go to the doctor? Do you exercise? How do your clothes feel? Does your skin look clean and hydrated? How much water do you drink? These are all things to take into consideration.

Love. Makes the world go round and if you aren’t in a relationship I’m sure going to bet you pour out love in other ways towards your children, vocation, faith. “Love has so much more work to be done in the world”

So check in with yourself and rate these areas in your lie on a scale of 0 to full.

“Dysfunctional belief” I should already know where I’m going.

Reframe- You can’t know where you are going until you know where you are.

Try stuff

  1. Write a few sentences about how it’s going in each of the areas.
  2. Mark where you are.
  3. Ask yourself if there is a problem in one of the area’s you’d like to work on.

What you tell yourself over and over becomes your reality – tim denning

So today I want you to build yourself a new story.

Believe in yourself.

Changing our story is the first step.

I tell my story differently and everything has changed. You can either let it define you or you can let it ignite you.

My story is still in its infancy but I see where I’m headed and in a few years I will be that story.

My story is this.

I will have a challenging life but I will combat those challenges with positivity and grit.

I will inspire millions of people to live happier healthier lives.

I will help others because that is the true wisdom of life (and nothing makes me happier than to hear when you like my writing and it inspires you throughout your day.)

Thank you, as always, and have the most lovely Tuesday!

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