Wednesday, June 29, 2005

LifeWork Plan Assessment

Taking a LifeStyle Assessment from time to time can help you keep in touch with how you are actually living. Often I know what to do and think that I am doing it. After taking a Stress Management class and keeping a log of my actual behavior, I realized that I don't always do what I know I should do. Taking a LifeStyle Assessment helps me to be accountable to myself and practice a healthier less stressful lifestyle.

Circle the statements that you can say yes to today:
  • I eat 4-6 servings of fruit and vegetables each day.
  • I do at least 20-30 minutes of exercise or an hour of activity each day.
  • I don't need sugar, chocolate, caffeine, tobacco or alcohol to get through the day.
  • I can close my eyes, relax my body, and think about nothing for several minutes.
  • I spend more time reading and communicating with others than I do watching television.
  • I take time for creative expression and appreciation of music, beauty, and humor on a regular basis.
  • I laugh everyday.

If you couldn't circle most of these statements, then you are probably a typical American. Americans tend to think that watching television is relaxing and spending money makes us happy, but comfort doesn't lead to health and money doesn't lead to happiness.

Learn to design a life of health and happiness with a personal LifeWork Success Plan. Contact Nancy Miller, LifeWork Coach.

This website is intended for informational purposes only. For career advise, coaching, or counseling, please seek out a professional who can meet your personal needs. See links on the side panel for referrals from professional organizations.

Copyright LWD © 2005 Nancy Miller

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

LifeWork Design

Comment from Anonymous on the “Welcome!” post…

I think most of us live a lifestyle of being nice to what is around us (except when behind a steering wheel). What are some methods to learn more about myself-my talents and my values? Perhaps my lifestyle is not really my own but what was handed down to me from my family.

There are many ways you can learn more about yourself and develop your talents. Career and personality assessments are one way to learn about your self, but individual assessments will only show your lifestyle, which is a combination of experience, values and talents. Individual assessments give you the opportunity to compare yourself with your own personal experience, and that of your family and close community. Having the opportunity to travel to different places, challenge your beliefs, and meet people from different backgrounds, is another way to learn more about yourself and have more to compare yourself with. Having the freedom to express yourself, develop your strengths, and share your feelings in a safe environment are the best ways to learn more about who you are. A LifeWork Coach can help you understand your own natural strengths and separate them from the values and beliefs that you have learned from your family, culture and friends. Evaluating your beliefs in a safe environment is a good way to recognize the things that are really important to you--what you want to spend your time and money on--and let go of things that are getting in the way of using your natural talents.

We may lack the background that would give us the opportunity to have diverse experiences. We may not even grow up in an environment that values our natural strengths. You didn’t plan when or where to be born, but you can plan the kind of life you want now. Planning for success is a process. A healthy happy life takes planning and preparation. An unhealthy life just happens. LifeWork Design is a process for finding opportunities to use your natural strengths while honoring the values you want in your life.

Nancy Miller is a LifeWork Coach and workshop facilitator with a passion for helping people develop their natural strengths. LifeWork Design is a wholistic approach to coaching that uses Relationship Design Principles to create a life that includes time for valuing relationships and esteeming others while using your natural strengths to develop energy, income, and motivation. Nancy uses her natural strengths of curiosity and independent thinking, along with her interest in people to help them create a vision for using their resources to find possibilities they may not have dreamed of.

Thank you everyone for your input and support. It takes a network of people and ideas to make a good product or project. This website and our workshops are the result of a lot of feedback on what's working and what's not.

Next week look for the LifeWork Assessment.

This website is intended for informational purposes only. For career advise, coaching, or counseling, please seek out a professional who can meet your personal needs. See links on the side panel for referrals from professional organizations.

Copyright LWD © 2005 Nancy Miller

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The LifeWork Plan

Why a plan?
Change is constant. You are either growing or declining. A LifeWork Success Plan is a growth process for flexing your strengths and balancing your character. Character development builds strengths from weaknesses creating an appreciation for diversity. A LifeWork Success Plan will give you a sense of direction, accomplishment, and balance. Intentionally designing your life with a flexible plan also gives you resourcefulness and resilience in times of crisis and transition.

Who needs a LifeWork Plan?
Everyone needs a plan. Some personalities naturally develop and adhere to detailed plans for their lives. They may even expect their lives to always fit into their predetermined plan. Having a solid plan may feel like a fortress whose walls surround you and give you a sense of security; a fortress can also be a barrier blocking growth and new ideas. A flexible LifeWork Success Plan provides a road map or a direction to start your life journey, while leaving room for opportunities along the way. People often spend more time planning their businesses, their work lives, and even their vacations, than they do planning their personal lives. A plan gives people the opportunity to step back and take an objective look at themselves, how they are balancing their lives, and what they are doing to create a healthy lifestyle.

Where did this plan come from?
The basic elements of a business plan offer the structure for the LifeWork Success Plan. A business plan describes strengths, needs, expectations, vision, resources, organization and networking. A business begins by describing its current operation or assets, then the company creates a vision for where it wants to be in five to ten years, and finally the owners determine how they will implement the plan. In the same way a LifeWork Success Plan describes where you are now, what you want to do, and how you might do it. A LifeWork Success Plan is a design for balancing your strengths and values to create a lifestyle of health and happiness.

What is a LifeWork Plan?
A LifeWork Plan is a reflection of you. It is your story and a legacy for your family. Your LifeWork Success Plan is a roadmap for designing the life that you really want using a style that is a combination of business plan, scrapbook, journal and creative ideas. The LifeWork Success Plan is a flexible design that fosters creativity and opportunities for growth. Anyone can develop a LifeWork Success Plan and be involved in activities that promote healthy relationships and personal growth. Most people need interaction and accountability from working with another person or a group to find the motivation to take action. Participating in workshops that foster diversity, contributing to organizations that support the community, and being involved in associations that build relationships are examples of actions that you can take to grow spiritually and socially. Your LifeWork Success Plan begins with what you consider your life story and ends with re-evaluation and spiritual renewal.
If you have difficulty socializing, sharing your strengths, or building relationships, a personal coach can help.Email Nancy Miller, LifeWork Design Coach you can email: for more information or to set up an appointment for a free consultation by phone to learn how you can develop a LifeWork Success Plan.

More to come on the elements of the LifeWork Success Plan.

This website is intended for informational purposes only. For career advise, coaching, or counseling, please seek out a professional who can meet your personal needs. See links on the side panel for referrals from professional organizations.

Copyright LWD © 2005 Nancy Miller