There is a difference however what constitutes a life and exactly what constitutes a lifestyle is pretty unclear. One thing that appears pretty clear to me is the way of life is observable while a life can have numerous internal elements to it. A lifestyle can include individuals, material things, environments, how we invest our time, energy, and money. A life includes things like our beliefs, our values, our dedications, our soul’s dream, and our vision. If you pick a lifestyle first you might wind up with an empty fortress. If you pick the life initially, you will create your lifestyle to support the life.
Since most of us already have a way of life, and a default life, we typically have to do some redesign work. Select a life and after that upgrade our way of life. It is possible that the lifestyle you currently have will never support the life you really want to live. It is possible the way of life you presently have has many supporting structures and only small renovations need to take place. It is possible that you are a highly intuitive individual and your way of life is in ideal alignment. I know few individuals who fall under that category. My dad does but exactly what I observe about him, is he and my mom made a conscious choice to structure their lives around their spiritual values. They made that decision early in their marriage and lived real to it. Now it’s interesting that my moms and dads are really old enough to be my grandparents, (my mom is no long living) and I observed that many earlier generations were not offered to having transformational discussions so learning was a very various procedure then than it is now. The fact that we have e-courses and teleclasses and magazines and tons of books that are created to assist individuals learn to live more significant and personally satisfying lives represents a shift from how things utilize to be.
As we develop we start to take a look at various elements of our lives for congruence to our worths and commitments. The disparity shows up with exclamation marks behind them and often our action is discouragement and self-disappointment. We act as if we should have understood much better when the reality is how could we have understood much better? So the first thing to get over is “I didn’t know” and then after we overcome that we concern “but I understand now … now exactly what?” It takes a courageous person to see this then set their intentions on bringing integrity into their life so that their way of life gives them a life that serves their greater self. You will discover some people aiming to work around it, pretending it doesn’t matter that their lifestyles do not measure up to their core values.
The real problem is once you see the disparity, refraining from doing anything in fact makes things worse and you lose ground actually quick. It cost you big time to keep that inconsistency in place. You cannot be with yourself and be at peace in your life. It uses you down like water will wear down a mountain over time. Your life will devolve instead of evolve. If that is not a rate that’s expensive to pay, I don’t know what is. Simply think about it and select carefully the course you will follow.