Are you living by design or by default?

What is the plan for your life? Do you want to live your life by design or by default? Michael Hyatt says, “Most people spend more time planning a one-week vacation than they spend planning their life.” 

Two builders can take the same materials and have entirely different results. One may build a home fit for a king, while the other builds a home that eventually leaks and is filled with rot and decay. But they used the same materials — what makes the difference? Preparation, creating the plan, and building according to the plan. 

Once I worked through the final design review with a client and design team. After the conclusion of the meeting, I looked at the client and sensed something was bothering her. When I invited her to share, she said, “I don’t even like the house.” So I asked, “Then why are you doing it? I recommend we hit the pause button and figure out what you want.” Within that “pause,” she and the team came up with what they wanted and started designing. Eleven months passed before we could even begin construction. However, it was worth it because it was indeed what their family wanted, not someone else’s design.

In a similar situation where plans were complete, the clients inadvertently disclosed that they did not care for the lot. Once they acknowledged that truth, a quick search revealed a lot freshly available that they loved. So yes, the redesign for the new lot took extra time, but at the end of the build, they had a masterpiece they loved and enjoyed for a lifetime.

Ask yourself, what kind of builder am I with my own life?

The life you want won’t simply happen to you. You can trust that your time spent preparing, creating a plan, and then staying faithful to building according to that plan will prove fruitful in the end!

Seeking to live in His reflection,


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