Designing Your Life

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Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived Joyful Life

by Bill Burnett & David Evans

February 2017

Designing Your Life was a short, sweet, excellent book that has given me a lot to think about. Parts were a little redundant, but overall the message came across clearly: you can design the life you want and not feel encumbered by making the “best” choice, simply because there is no “best.” I loved the look and feel of the book (it’s beautiful). Two points in particular stood out to me. The first is the concept of having more than one life. Throughout our life we have the opportunity to live multiple lives. We are not trapped in where we are at in any given moment, but can move onto a different “life” filled with different goals and activities. “There are multiple great lives (and plans) within me, and I get to choose which one to build my way forward to next.” And on top of that, if we’re unhappy in our life, we can design the life we want (and the book contains lots of exercises to guide you).

The second is the concept of choices and how there isn’t a best and worst. “There is no right choice — only good choosing.” You research your options, narrow them down, choose, and instead of worrying and agonizing about if it was the “best,” you let go and move on, accepting your choice and enjoying. I loved those two ideas and I have already started thinking about my life differently!

I really appreciated the conclusion as well. They sum up their points in a dysfunctional belief (what they’re rejecting) and a reframe (their new way of thinking). This is the last one in the book:

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Summing it up: I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it!

All the best, Abbey

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