I’m constantly talking about the concept of being a Life Designer vs. being a Life Planner. Or, more correctly, behaving like a Life Designer vs. behaving like a Life Planner, because it’s less about innate character traits, and more about the habit of behaving in a certain way and with a certain perspective.
This means, you’re free to shift your behaviour at any given time. Only precondition: You must be aware of your behaviour before you can effectively change something. That’s why I thought of this little Quiz, which will help you to understand better your own default behaviour, and will give you the opportunity to change something, in case needed or wanted.
Just to be clear: Behaving like a Life Planner isn’t something bad per se, it’s just that in times of change, uncertainty, and challenges, behaving like a Life Planner will most likely keep you stuck, feeling paralyzed and powerless. Whereas behaving like a Life Designer supports you in getting active and building new perspectives.
All you need for this little Quiz, are 10 minutes of undisturbed quiet time, and honest answers.
To gain the most out of this Quiz, I suggest you go through all of these questions twice! The first round you’ll answer these questions thinking how you behave in your professional life. This way you get a distinct understanding how you’re behaving in different areas of your life. Believe me, most of us have quite different approaches in different life areas, but never pay attention to it. The second round you’ll go through the same questions, once again, but this time you’ll answer it in regards to how you behave in your relationship life (love relationships, friends and family).
If you can’t answer a question with either yes or no, then simply disregard and move to the next.
After each round (first round = your professional life; second round = your relationships) count how many Yes and how many Nos you obtained.
If the majority are Yes-answers, then your default way-of-behaving is mostly a Life Planner. If the majority are No-answers and you’re leaning towards those “rather than” options, you’re behaving mostly as a Life Designer. So, what does this tell you?
First, too many Yes-answers are an indication that challenges, uncertainty and life changes will throw you off track quite easily. And that you generally have a hard time dealing with them in a pro-active and positive way. Secondly, too many Yes-answers are also a sure sign of too many limiting beliefs, which are still active and holding you back from reaching and living your highest potential.
So either way, it’s time to get active now. To change your approach, where your default behaviour is blocking you (Life Planner) and to strengthen those areas, where you’re already doing great (Life Designer) and acknowledge what’s working well.
Always remember, awareness is key…..and the rest is simply practice.
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