There comes a point in your life when your time and energy can’t be wasted.
You’re not looking for more email or more noise or more stuff.
You’re looking for connection, meaning, and ideas to help you along life’s path.
That’s the kind of community we’re trying to create here at LearnDoBecome. And today I’d like to walk you through the broader vision Eric and I have been working on.
I drew you a picture!
My hope is that you’ll be as excited about this vision as we are (recognizing that it’s a work in process!).
Part One: Build Your Command Central
Clear the piles and put a seamless system in place to handle the “stuff” of life.
If you’re already inside our Steps to Everyday Productivity program (STEP), you’ve got this part. That’s why we held STEP LIVE last month. That’s why we teach our productivity classes. (Click here if you haven’t attended one yet!) I love this because when your mind and life are in order, big things are possible.
Let me just show you what Diane Hopmann posted recently in our STEP Mastery Facebook group:
And here’s the side-by-side, if that helps:
Would you not feel amazing if you could transform your space like that? It’s totally possible for each of us.
Part Two: Design Your Ideal Life Plan
Build a structure for your life that will support your hopes, goals, and dreams–while enabling you to live your values.
This is where Life Architecture comes into play.
It’s a blueprint and a map so you know what you’re building and where you’re going–in your personal life, your family, and your profession.
Part of that process is building a 50-year plan. (Yes, I also thought it was crazy when Eric introduced the concept, but sit tight. I want to show you how it works.)
Some friends from college (and their children) were visiting our home a few months ago, and somehow we started talking about the 50-year plan. It was just a brief conversation, but a few days later, I received a text that said this:
Tell Eric that we came home and did the start of our 50-year plan and discovered to my shock that after this Christmas, because of (church/humanitarian) missions overlapping, our little family won’t be fully together again until 2022. I had no idea! It has made us rethink our whole plan for Christmas.
Looking forward–beyond today’s urgent needs–gives us the opportunity to treasure the moments.
On a personal level, when I was expecting our first child, Eric had an opportunity to go to Israel with a group of students from colleges around the country. He promised he would take me someday.
But you know how things get. When would we have the time, money, or brain space to plan a trip like that? (I secretly told myself it would be okay if it never happened.)
But Eric put it into our 50-year plan. And we saved, worked, and prepared for that trip for years. And when we took our four children this past spring, it was literally a dream come true.
Part Three: Thrive and Reach Back
Live your beautiful life while accepting a stewardship to lift those climbing around you.
Traveling, creating a beautiful home, and having fun with your friends and family are great goals. Don’t get me wrong.
But Eric and I love the word “stewardship.” Because ultimately, the work you and I are doing is not about us.
We recently surveyed our community with this question:
If you could get your life in order and have more discretionary time, what would you do to help other people?
Here are just a few responses:
- Volunteer with rescue organizations
- Have more energy and clarity for my family
- Invite friends into my home without feeling embarrassed
- Become a foster parent
- Be available to serve God properly
- Go to medical school
- Get my life organized enough to be able to have children someday…
- Start a foundation to raise funds for cancer treatment
- Finally write my books and become an author
And can you just feel the energy in this one?
As we’re doing our work and reaching out to help others, we want to wake up excited each day and then go to bed content.
We want to know with an absolutely certainty that the course we are following will improve our lives.
Ralph Waldo Emerson made this brilliant observation:
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
Making that decision is obviously an important step, but what about being part of a community that supports you in getting results?
That’s where I want to be.
And while Eric and I definitely don’t claim to have all the answers to life’s problems, we will promise you this:
Helping you Learn, Do, and Become is our life’s work, and we’ll do everything in our power to serve you well.
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And if you want to add your voice to this conversation, will you do us a favor?
Leave a comment here on this post! It is way better than emailing–because it opens a community conversation where everyone can participate. We’ll personally respond to as many comments as we can.
We’re grateful for you. More than we can say. And we thank you in advance for all the fun we’re going to have together.
April (and Eric)