How to Use 7 Life Principles to Design a Thriving Environment

I don’t know about you, but I love to learn. I am always on a continual journey of Life Mastery. My other love is for Interior Design, and as it would turn out, they have a lot more in common than you would think. 

You see most people look at a room and see tables, pillows, and bookshelves, but I see opportunity, because I know how much those seemingly inanimate objects can influence our lives. 

#1 Know thyself.

Successful people thoroughly embrace this as a primary requirement for success.

A. In order to capitalize on your strengths, you have to know what they are, right?... That means you also need to acknowledge your weaknesses. 

The key is to modifying your world in ways that will help compensate for your weaknesses so you have more time to focus on your strengths.

For instance, I'm not a particularly organized person, although this is critical to the success of my business.As a result, I've designed a work station in my office that guides me to be organized. 

What was once a weakness, is now something that feels almost like it comes naturally. Now that I don’t have to spend so much time and energy on trying to be organized, I can focus my attention on doing the things that I’m really good at. 

B. Uncover your values and establish goals 

Successful people align their strengths, values and goals.

Have you ever considered that your goals may not be aligned with your highest values? This is one way we can set ourselves up for failure, sometimes without even realizing it. What we value most drives our behavior and therefore our results.

We must either consciously alter either our values or our goals until they are in synch, otherwise what we want will never manifest. 

If you need some help figuring out exactly what you value most in life, the easiest place to look is your personal environment. What do you see? Are there books everywhere, photos of your kids on every wall? 

What dominant images are present?

When I look around my place I see books everywhere - my highest value is knowledge and learning. I have a bold painting of a female Flamenco dancer - my second highest value is freedom of self-expression. I have images of my kids everywhere with their personal art expressions - my third highest value is their successful development and well-being.

Now this exercise goes both ways. Once you have uncovered your values, , manifest them into your environment. That is, bring their existence more to light in a way that is intentional. What I chose to do was design a built-in bookshelf that expanded an entire wall, and painted it chartreuse. Rather than having books randomly scattered, I used my value of knowledge and learning to create a design statement.

#2. Begin with the end in mind. 

Successful people visualize what they desire, and therefore know exactly what they want.

How will you get anywhere if you don’t know where you want to go, right? If you don’t continually visualize what you want, then you will simply wonder through life without direction or intention.

The key here is to make sure your home, and everything in it, is helping you visualize your goals and desires. This may not sound so easy, so a good place ot start is to look at images in magazines and 

online, and keep a compilation of those that cause you to pause and look - this usually indicates that something in the image is intriguing to you.

#3. Work from the inside out.

Successful people work on themselves to see the external changes they desire.

Once you become comfortable and happy with yourself internally, your eternal circumstances will reflect that new reality. Whether you realize it or not,your internal world, your thoughts, emotions and subconscious behaviors are reflected in your personal environment.

Use clues from your personal space to bring conscious awareness of what you have going on inside on a subconscious level. Is there clutter and disarray everywhere? This could potentially indicate that you feel a lack of control in a certain area of your life and it could be affecting you negatively more than you realize.

#4. Consider wisely who you spend most of your time with; they are affecting you more than you might realize..

Successful people proactively, and continually, transforming or remove negative and useless l things from their lives.. They choose to surround themselves with excellence, because they know it will help them to be more excellent themselves. 

I’t important to remember, that in order to create an inspiring home environment, you must proactively address issues that are present before they further interfere with your well-being.

If it is broken then fix it. If it has a negative association attached to it, then get rid of it, transform it. If it isn't functioning optimally as intended, then organize it according to its purpose. 

#5. Break your goals down into bite sized pieces.

Successful people set themselves up to win daily.

Chunk your goals and actually act on those mini-goals. Make your list of the things about your home that you would like to address based upon all that you have learned here. Once you establish your design goals then break them down into smaller and even smaller steps. This will help you feel more confident about how much you can get done and, since will power builds on itself, you will become more confident with each goal you reach. 

#6. Appreciate your life.

Successful people value what they have.

It is widely understood that when your mind is in a state of appreciation you are not only more magnetic, 

but you are more receptive to new opportunities that you would otherwise might not have noticed.

Look at your home and identify the items that you like for whatever reason, whether that be the memory 

associated with how you obtained it, or simply the way it looks. Now emphasize these items within your home. This can be done in many ways. Once way is to place it front and center so that it is the first thing you see when you walk into the room.

#7. Focus on your circle of influence, not your circle of concern.

Successful people know what they can directly or indirectly change and what they cannot.

Suppose you live in a home that has some structural issues that you are not happy with, but that you 

cannot necessarily change, Don't waste your time focusing on it. Amazing things will happen if you just focus on the areas you CAN do something about right now. And you will be amazed at how the areas you dislike won’t seem to bother you so much anymore because you have created visual focus on the best aspects of your home.

Ultimately, your environment has more influence over how you feel than you might have realized. Just think about all the time you spend at home or in your office. Now imagine that those spaces help make you feel comfortable, loved, inspired and confident. Using these 7 life principles to asses and transform your physical environment can make the difference between surviving and thriving. 

To learn more about how to empower your life through empowering your personal environment I invite you to sign up for my online Designed Empowerment course. Please visit