Do you ever feel like some days you “have it together” while other days feel like the train is coming off the tracks? I can’t tell you the countless days, months, years, and seasons in my life where things ran smoothly and at other times, I couldn’t seem to find the much-needed balance which led me to a front row seat to feeling overwhelmed, unfulfilled, and anxious. Recently, I read a book which shared how to live a more balanced life by author, Whitney English. In her book, A More Beautiful Life, she shares what she has found to be a key to successful daily living that is not focused on goal setting, rather goal-living.
About the Book.
A More Beautiful Life walks readers through setting HEART Goals, a proven framework that starts with helping you better understand yourself not by tracking and measuring everything to death but by meeting you right where you are.
Traditional goal setting sets us up for failure. Starting from a place of desired outcomes, we attempt to answer the question, “Where do I want to end up in life?”
Then we attempt to follow a plan that tells us to run in this direction and track our progress with journals, spreadsheets, and complicated tools. Often the plan is too long, too hard, and too elaborate. It’s not flexible, fluid, or dynamic–in other words, nothing like real life. We focus too much on outcomes, letting the end justify the means, and often forget who we are in the process, missing the point of goal setting altogether. We need a system that allows us to embrace who we are and let that understanding guide us toward a better life.
In A More Beautiful Life, Whitney English shares HEART Goals–a system that starts with what matters most to you, never forcing you to adopt arbitrary goals and rules. The process matters, not just the outcomes. This system frees you from comparison and allows you to be authentically yourself. It helps you gain confidence as you make the progress that comes from having done your best instead of the depressing discouragement that comes from comparing yourself to the performances of others. You won’t have to become someone else to get what you want.
H – Help Yourself
E – Empower Yourself
A – All Your People
R – Resources and Responsibilities
T – Trade
This is an integrative approach to help you create a more meaningful life that is all yours. You won’t feel imbalanced or off-center as you pursue one area of success, fearing it will cost you somewhere else. Without any striving, your goals will be aligned with where you want to go in life. You won’t need to completely change who you are to follow the system. No more deadlines. No more tracking. No more nonsense.
About the Author.
Whitney English believes that anyone can live a beautiful life. She believes that gratitude is the birthplace of joy, that people matter, that love is the answer, that if you’re real you can’t be ugly, that everyone is creative and some of us have forgotten, and that it’s worth trying to be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday. If you’re more into technical details, she has boot-strapped two businesses to seven figures, has a degree in interior design, has studied management at Parsons in New York City, and has had her work featured in O magazine and The Wall Street Journal and on the Today show. She was featured as one of Country Living’s Women Entrepreneurs in 2008. One of her favorite dreams come true, though, is her husband, David, and their three children. She nightly dreams of a perfectly organized office.
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