Designing Your Life

I might come across as a little too enthusiastic about the book Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. I’ll admit that it’s captivated me with its useful activities (such as the Good Times Journal, mind maps, and Odyssey Plans) and groundbreaking concepts (such as gravity problems, anchor problems, and dysfunctional beliefs/reframes). I consider the book a modern-day version of the classic What Color is Your Parachute, and I’ve jumped in with both feet to apply the book’s concepts and help clients use it to create the next chapter of their lives. To read more of my gushing praise, take a look at this blog post that I did about the book right after I discovered it, and also this one about my certification course in San Francisco.

You can DIY the book, for sure. In fact, if you check out the Facebook Group for the book, there are often posts from people looking to team up with others to go through the book. Dive in and have fun with the content. It’s accessible and easy to follow.

If you’d like to have some guidance, structure, and accountability to get through the book and really apply it to your life, let me know, and we’ll talk about both individual and group options.

I can’t resist adding a few details about the transformative power of the activities and concepts in the book. Here are some of the reasons I’m so in love with it:

  • Bill Burnett, me, and Dave Evans
    At the DYL coaches’ certification course with the authors of DYL.

    Instead of offering you the [fill in the blank] number of steps to achieve [undefined goal], it equips you with a set of tools to apply over and over again as you navigate the changing dimensions of work, play, love, and health.

  • Rather than helping you figure out what you want to be when you grow up (which is an enticing proposition – would it be great if we all had a clear pathway in front of us?), it offers a process for determining where you want to go next because our lives are always evolving.
  • Get ready for some myth-busting about passion, work/life balance, planning, where answers reside, and epiphanies.
  • If you get stuck with making decisions (or you find yourself regretting the decisions you’ve made), there’s massive insight here. Flip from FOMO to JOMO, and kick FOBO and FOGO to the curb.
  • Together, we dig into idea generation and outlining multiple pathways forward for you. We’ll cast aside leaping (which sounds great, but can land you in a tough spot) in favor of prototyping or exploring before going all in.

There’s so much here, and I can’t wait to talk to you about it. In fact, here’s a quiz that includes some content from the book that may help you explore whether the book will be helpful to you.