How To Craft A Life Worth Living

Even though you may be perfectly content with the status quo, transitioning from one life passage to another is inevitable. Be it graduating from college, getting married, or retiring from a career, all transitions require a certain amount of reflection and planning to design.

Use these 12 simple strategies to transition into a productive and rewarding future.

(1)  Go for the gusto.  Commit to designing a quality life. Even when your transition comes as a result of a loss of something like a job or loved one, focus on making it a positive experience. Be committed to your success.

(2)  Visualize your direction.  Create an image of how you envision your next passage in life.  Thoughtfully contemplate these questions: Where do you want to go? What do you want to achieve? How do you plan to get there?  What would it take to accomplish it? As you respond to these questions, keep your vision realistic and achievable.

(3)  Focus on a fresh beginning.  Don’t let the past define you or bring you down. Learn from it and move on. As you transition into your new passage, build upon what worked in the past but be open to welcoming the new.

(4)  Be true to who you are.  Embrace your age and abilities. Make changes to improve your life because it is right for you and not because you want to please other people.

(5)  Take initiative.  Be passionate and committed to learning and growing. Use the experience of others to help you frame your new life. Go beyond the ordinary by talking to people, reading books, and connecting with novel resources that will expand your scope of knowledge.

(6)  Create your own opportunities.  Don’t sit on the sidelines and wait for good things to happen to you. Empower yourself to discover new possibilities to improve your life.

(7)  Live more consciously each day.  Your life is something to be experienced and enjoyed. Don’t just coast through it. Observe and invest.

(8)  Know your inner self.  Take a good look at who and what you are. Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses and incorporate them into your quality design.

(9)  Hold yourself to the highest standards.  You are modeling the way for others. Maintain your integrity, ethics, and care for humanity as a benchmark for others to reach.

(10) Discover your passion in life.  What sets you on fire? What makes you excited? Focus your future on what invigorates you and makes you feel engaged and productive.

(11) Be positive.  Smile and laugh a lot. Surround yourself with positive people. Be grateful for your life.

(12) Try new things.  Get out of your comfort zone. Start doing things that you normally wouldn’t do. Make your new passage an adventure.

Enjoy the journey and be inspired to design a quality of life that will serve you well and ignite your dreams.

The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Socrates

Written by: Patricia K. Flanigan, Smart Strategies for Successful Living

Patricia K. Flanigan has worked in higher education for over 28 years. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne as well as a M.A.  in Latin American Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before retiring and moving to Idaho in 2015, she served as the dean of online education and learning resources at Saddleback College, a large community college in Southern California. She currently consults in higher education, volunteers for AARP, writes for a local magazine, and serves as an Affiliate Faculty member at Boise State University  and on the Board for LEARN Idaho.  Since February 2017, she has been the founding director for Smart Strategies for Successful Living, a community-based website designed to promote quality aging.  As an educator, her focus is to inspire others to live and age well.