Your guide to a whole of life approach to success… Every day I meet designers, entrepreneurs and business people, all creative thinkers who are questioning the way we define success. They come for a variety of reasons; some are overly stressed, exhausted from trying to do too much; some at a crossroads in career or life and others simply feeling the urge for change but unclear as to what that change should be. Most have experienced success on some level but feel there’s something missing. Let’s have a bigger conversation Exploring what that ‘something’ is, leads us to much bigger conversations. And here are some of the things we’ve found. More and more we’re realising that Business is personal. The lines between work and life are blurred and we want to understand what it means to experience whole- of- life success. The words work life balance are used to describe a possible solution, but it suggests that we can separate our working self from our personal self, that they sit on either side of a scale to be balanced. Maybe we need a new metaphor? We are all one person with a variety of life and work related roles and responsibilities that coexist within us at all times. We may be a CEO; partner; parent; sibling; sports coach; traveller; reader and cook. All of our roles front up every time we do. Some have just received way too much energy and others far too little. And, in my experience, that’s the basis for the change that’s occurring. We’re getting to know ourselves better and we want a new experience of life. For some of us, it’s as though we’ve lived two lives with one set of values at work and another at home. We’re looking to find a way to be our whole selves, to clearly define our highest values and to live according to them no matter the environment. We want to align with workplaces that respect the fact that we bring our whole selves to the table in order to work toward a shared vision that inspires us. We want to contribute something of value and to be a part of something that makes a difference. We’ve all experienced the negative impact of not honouring all that we are. By not prioritising our health and wellbeing we find our bodies succumbing to anxiety or illness; by not allowing time to catch up with friends we lose our sense of connection; by not having a financial plan we stress about our survival. As a result, we’re thinking about our lives more holistically. Everything matters and has an impact on everything else. So we need to design our lives as our most important project. Designing a purpose driven life or any aspect of it is like designing a house. We begin with the end in mind and create a comprehensive design brief. Then we step back into the present and start creating something that honours and reflects what’s important to us and those we care about. Projects require timelines and resources, creativity and a problem-solving attitude. Skilled support can help along the way. Taking this whole of life approach requires commitment and courage. And what my clients and I have discovered is that when you take the time to get to know yourself; design a life plan according to your values and act on it with confidence, life becomes wholly more successful.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>