At the World Domination Summit in Portland this year, Michael Hyatt took the stage and told some stories about his alcoholic father. The stories started out depressing but he got to his main point: his father was drifting through life.Michael couldn’t handle the thought of doing the same himself and so set himself on a path through life that ensured he worked hard and was successful. You would call him driven.He claims that “overcorrection” from seeing his father drift through life to his own driven path was a mistake. Being driven can make you successful in the traditional sense of the word but not happy. Driven looks great on paper but someone else is actually steering. Maybe parents. Maybe society. Maybe fear. But at no point during that driven time didn’t Michael ask what he really wanted.
He says there’s something in the middle, something better, something called the Designed Life. The Designed Life is more intentional, more personal and more fulfilling. You work hard and achieve your goals in a designed life but they are your goals. Not your parents. Not societies. Not ones created out of fear.In order to remind himself that he’s designing his life and not just blindly striving for some externally set goals he asks himself 3 questions every day.1. How do I want to be remembered?2. What is important to me?3. What single brave decision do I need to make today?
How are you living?
Are you aimlessly drifting?Are you blindly driving somewhere?Or are you making intentional choices to put the pieces you want together for your life plans and designing your life?You get to choose.