Discover values & strengths.
Design life & career paths.
Develop skills to make it real.
What is Life Design?
Get to know the person in the mirror
Don’t search but develop passion
‘As soon as I “found my passion”, I will choose the right job and live a happy and meaningful life.’ – This dysfunctional belief builds pressure on many of us, facing life or career decisions. Burnett and Evans reverse this logic: most of us don’t know (and neither have) their one passion, but we develop passion for activities by trying and practicing them. Therefore, passion is the result, not the origin of a good life design.
Ideating different future scenarios
- Scenario 1: continue the thing you’re currently doing. Assume that it’ll develop well.
- Scenario 2: you can’t pursue your current career. What else? Make a side-hustle your main thing.
- Scenario 3: how could your life be completely different? Assume that money or your image are not an issue!
Prototype your life
It can be scary to let everything go and fully dive into new life scenarios – therefore, test them.
Connect with people that might already live a life you would like to live as well and ask them questions. How did they end up here? How do their days look like?
Adopt a “bias for action” mindset: many of our actions and decisions are reversible and can be evaluated more effectively by experiencing and testing than by imagining and thinking.
Try things by diving into a potential new environment for a short time. Considering to start new master studies? Just drop by a lecture hall on a free day.
metaFox deep pictures
Postcards for life coaching
Cards from this category help you ideate your future life: dream about the future, and gain ideas for what you could do and become in different areas of your life.
The only way to do it is to do it. Adopting the Design Thinking mindset of “bias for action” this category focuses on concrete action and daily habits – because life is not in the future, but every day.
How to use the deep pictures
If you want to make a change in life…
If you are a trainer or coach…
…you might want to help your clients get to know themselves or spark their creativity: chose certain cards, for example one of the categories described above and use them in an exercise. Invite your clients to write their ideas on the back of the card and take them home after the session. Read more on this method here.
If you want to spark meaningful conversations…
…you can use the cards as a game for your next evening with friends. Spread the cards on the table and select cards by choosing which pictures appeal to you. In a second step, discuss the questions on their back. Read more on this method here.