Are you living Life by Design? OR Life by Default?

Real Estate Agent with Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo.

I am  a firm believer that things do happen for a reason!  About a week ago I read a blog about Tom Ferry's new book LIFE BY DESIGN.   My first thought was, Oh yeah another self-help book!   But they included a sample chapter that outlines hard questions that you should ask yourself and an exercise to ask 5 people who know you well to give you an honest opinion of how they see you!   I read the chapter and went thru the exercises and realized that in most areas of my life I am just floating thru life without a plan!   The chapter asks you to look at your personal life, your profession and how much planning and effort you put into your health and vitality.   I have read a few of the other posts of folks in this forum and most seem to reach the conclusion that yes they were living their LIFE BY DESIGN!   Well I have to admit I fall on the other side of that argument.   In at at least 2 of the 3 areas I am definitely LIVING MY LIFE BY DEFAULT!!  I am quite happy with my personal life.  I am still happily married after 34 years and have a great relationship with my children and really most people in general.


However, the amount of time I put into working a good business plan is woefully little!  I find that I am guilty of going from one deal or a few deals at a time to the next thing that comes along.  Did this happen overnite?  Of course not!!   It would be easy to blame it on the market conditions but after taking a hard look at my business, I see that I am gradually been falling into the old axiom- " If you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail! 


The second area that I see is that I never seem to have enough energy and while it would be easy to say I am just getting old, i realize I used to have more of a regimen of working out at least every other day and I kept telling myself I would get back into an exercise routine as soon as winter was over!!  Well winter IS over and here I am baring my soul for all to see that I have gotten fat and lazy!  I have been fornutate to be blessed with good health and have come to realize that I have also taken that for granted and LIVING BY DEFAULT in that area of my life.



The bottom line is this, I am glad I stumbled onto the post about LIFE BY DESIGN and if the rest of the book is as thought-provoking as the chapter I read, then I am ordering it and unless you feel you dont need to make any improvements in your life I suggest you do the same.

Read the preview chapter of the book found here: Chapter 4, The Problem of No Problems


This post is to help promote Tom Ferry's upcoming book, LIFE! By DESIGN. The contents of my post are the result of some self reflection the preview chapter of the book asks us to do about ourselves.

You can Pre-Order the book now by visiting You can also participate in the promotion being done by ActiveRain for a chance to win some great prizes and 2500 points by visiting the promotional post here.

Everyone that orders a copy of the book between now and April 23rd, 2010 will also receive one ticket to attend Tom's Success Summit, August 24-26th and the MP3 audio role play program: Objection Handling for Buyers, Sellers and Short Sales.

In exchange for writing this post, I could win an iPad or other cool prizes, and this is to let you know so the FTC doesn't fine me.







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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Life going by at a 200 mile per hour NASCAR blur makes you miss a lot so slowing down, looking around is advice anyone peddling property could take to heart! Great blog post.

Apr 23, 2010 04:13 AM #1
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

William I applaud your honesty!  How many folks read that challenge and just passed it over.  NOT YOU!  You read, and acted.  Here's to a new plan, may it be very successful for you...

Apr 25, 2010 03:10 AM #3
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
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Good morning William!

Thank you for being honest...

Have a nice day!

May 06, 2010 12:25 AM #4
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