Why You Need A Life Philosophy

July 31, 2009

Some people will spend their entire lives looking for a purpose. While I think it’s important to have a purpose, I believe it’s more important to have a Life Philosophy: a conscious way you choose to live. Even if you don’t know your purpose, having a life philosophy can create a foundation to which your purpose can rest.  I have very simple Life Philosophy: live an intentional life.iStock_000000573793XSmall

Several years ago I looked at all my goals and I got overwhelmed. I believe in setting goals, followed by making plans to accomplish those goals. I have goals for every area of my life: financial, career, speaking, writing, health, relationships and personal development. Each area has 2-3 goals along with a plan. I’m a busy woman. I needed a way of living to accomplish everything I wanted, but not be overwhelmed. I also needed something to assist in making decisions on a daily basis. I simplified and told myself that I would live an intentional life.

Every thought and action now must have a purpose. Gone are the days that I wake up in the morning and wonder what I’m going to do that day. I rarely go to bed without knowing what the plan is for the next day. It doesn’t mean I don’t leave room for spontaneity. If the plan calls to clean the apartment in the morning, and I don’t feel like it – I’m single no kids- so there are times I don’t clean the apartment. This doesn’t mean I plop on the couch, eat junk food and start flipping through the channels. If I make a change, there’s a reason.

Anything I do adds value to my life and it builds upon something. At the moment, I may not see how it fits into a specific goal category but I rest in knowing it’s adding something. There are areas in my life that I’m not satisfied with the progress; but I am moving in the right direction and my confidence is high. This is because over time achieving goals has become a habit by simply living an intentional life.

I encourage you to spend time thinking about how you want to live your life on a daily basis that will assist with you achieving your goals.  If you develop a life philosophy, I would love to hear it.

Laurinda

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I'm Laurinda and I'm a Program Manager by day, Writer by night, Engineer by trade, Speaker sometimes & Christian always. I have a passion for leadership, wine, good friends & science fiction.

One response to Why You Need A Life Philosophy

  1. I totally agree with you and love your concept of having a life philosophy. In my upcoming book, I wrote a chapter about the importance of feeling a sense of purpose in the moment rather than spending precious time seeking an elusive purpose. Your post gives good guidelines for this.