March 21, 2019

Living Life by Design – Part 2


This is the second installment of our series on living life by design. Last week we discussed the difference between living life by “default” vs. “design” and some practical steps to creating a Personal Plan. Today we will discuss the importance of adopting the Iterative Design Process as a model for personal and professional growth.


As you embark on this journey, the iterative design process is a helpful mindset to adopt. This process is used in a variety of industries, but can be applied to assessing and improving upon a variety of circumstances. This process has three distinct steps that you will be led through on the following pages.

  1. The first step in this process is to evaluate and assess your current context. This means taking a truthful look at where you are living life by design, default, current areas of focus and aspects of life to celebrate. You must answer the questions: Where have I been?, where am I right now? and where am I going?
  2. The second step in the process is to design what your life by design will look like. This requires examining your core values, how you are hardwired, your relationships, and habits.
  3. The third step is to take all of this information to prototype a plan for becoming more intentional in how you live your life. Most importantly, this plan you create must be tested and put into practice.

This process is ongoing. After you put your plan into action, you will naturally begin to evaluate and assess the efficacy of your plan which will lead you to design and prototype once again. The pursuit of living life by design is not perfection, but a perpetual process of continuous improvement.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

As you build your plan, ask yourself, “How do I want to grow professionally this year?” If you are an employee, ask to sit down with your manager or advisor to collaboratively create goals and a plan that align with your targets for performance.

Building your personal and professional plan gives you the vision and direction to be able to now design specific actions and manage your progress towards those goals. This video discusses some practical steps to creating success in your professional life this year. 

If you want a coach to help you create your personal and professional plans for the year, connect with us!