The Simply Luxurious Life®: Why Not . . . Edit Your Life?  

July 13, 2011

Why Not . . . Edit Your Life?


Creating a simply luxurious life for yourself is a decision to live consciously and with a clear focus on how you want your life to come together.  In order to create such a life it will be difficult to look at the life you’re now comfortable with in many respects and make changes. After all, humans are creatures of habit. Routines are comfortable; they provide a peace of mind because we know what to expect.
So after doing some investigating on how to make creating a simply luxurious life an easier process, I thought we’d go about it in a different way which I’m going to share with you today.

When authors sits down to create a piece of fiction, most will begin by creating an outline which will provide a guidepost for how to proceed as they begin telling their story. Why not create your ideal life in a similar manner?

Here’s how it works:

Dream of the Ideal

Imagine what your ideal life looks like, job, relationships, location, health, hobbies, time available, etc. Be sure to write this down.  This is where knowing yourself will make this process much easier and much more successful. As you know what you must have in your life, what you are flexible about and what you can’t have in your life to be successful and fulfilled, as you go about this process, you will very easily be able to outline the components that will lead to the life of your dreams.



Prioritize

Looking at your first list (dream life), prioritize each item. As we continue through this activity it will be important to know which goals you will want to complete first and most likely many others will fall into line quite naturally afterwards.  It is very rare that you will be able to put equal effort toward each of your goals, in fact one may counteract the other, so it is important to determine now which will receive your focus first.


Start from Scratch

Now, instead of looking at your life as it is currently and eliminating, take your life down to the bare bones – a completely blank slate.



Thoughtfully Add Activities

Holding on to the first piece of paper that holds your dream life, now take out a blank piece of paper and thoughtfully add back into your life what will help you to achieve your ideal plan. If your goal is to create a certain amount of money for a goal you have in mind, be sure to only add back expenses that are absolutely necessary. (Now don’t get in your own way here. It is easy to rationalize just about anything, but if you follow your list, paying mind to your priorities, that should be the reasoning that holds the most weight – stick to it).


Compare and Subtract

Once you have two lists – your dream and the life design to attain this dream – look at your life as it is now and make a list of what is no longer necessary and can be edited, thus eliminated, from your life.



End Result

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” –William A. Foster
By immersing yourself in this activity and being absolutely honest with yourself, you will eliminate the unnecessary, create a quality life that is richer and allows you to focus on the tasks that are required in order to achieve your ideal life.  All it will take is discipline, clear understanding of who you are and a can-do attitude.

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9 Comments:

At July 13, 2011 at 7:09 AM , Blogger Meredith said...

Great post! It's so easy to get caught up in the "I can'ts" and this takes it away. I love the idea of really getting down to what you need and what will make you happy. The rest isn't important!

 
At July 13, 2011 at 9:46 AM , Anonymous lifestylenotebook.blogspot.com said...

We are on the same page. I love your edited plan to edit our lives.

 
At July 13, 2011 at 10:06 AM , Blogger Vanessa@Luxuria said...

I just finished reading a book called "Write it Down, Make it Happen" which advocates many of the tips you mention (but it doesn't have your lovely images ;-)

 
At July 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM , Anonymous For Those About To Shop said...

I absolutely agree that writing down your goals make them exponentially more likely to come true! Also telling another person helps :)

 
At July 13, 2011 at 2:37 PM , Blogger Silver Magpies said...

Dream, write, do, repeat! Love it.

 
At July 13, 2011 at 3:50 PM , OpenID lavieeuropa said...

I am going to sit down and do this exercise tonight. I am at a bit of a crossroads and need to figure out where I am going and how to get there. Exploring my passions and love off the European lifestyle has been my first step, this is my next. Thank you for sharing!

 
At July 13, 2011 at 9:50 PM , Blogger chelsea said...

I love the idea of stripping down and starting from the basics. It helps to remember what we really love and what our true passions are. Only recently (after quitting my full-time career to work part time from home to take care of my 3 year old son) did I start to have epiphanies of what I really love and what my passions are. Sometimes our lives are too noisy and we forget who we are.
Thank you AGAIN Shannon! xoxo Chelsea

 
At July 14, 2011 at 12:31 AM , Anonymous Simply Luxurious said...

Just like many people says, live your life to the fullest and you will not regret it. :)

 
At July 14, 2011 at 11:08 PM , Blogger Karla @ {The Classy Woman} said...

Great post Shannon! This really is a constant and ongoing process and I love your idea of the two lists. I've recently been re-prioritizing and determining what I can omit that is not worth my time and doesn't add value. I'm going to try this approach!

 

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