Designing A Limitless Life…John Page Burton

In 2011 I turned fifty years old, a milestone that for much of my life seemed akin to climbing Mount Everest.  I found myself celebrating this epic achievement by enjoying a slice of birthday cake and watching a movie called the Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.  For those who have not seen it, the Bucket List is an adventure story that centers around two terminally ill patients (Freeman & Nicholson) who meet during an extended hospital stay. They embark on a journey  to support each other in completing their “bucket list” of adventurous activities they had never “made” time to accomplish.  The movie is funny and yet offers a very profound message…Don’t wait until you are near death to start living!  Many of us carry around our own “bucket list” of dreams and desires but  continue to place strenuous conditions around there achievement. “I’ll wait until I retire” or “I’ve got to pay my dues first” or “this isn’t how responsible people go about things” are common sentiments expressed by those who have resolved to wait until the “timing is right” to really begin living. Conditions and justifications tend to choke out dreams, I say, LIVE NOW!!!

 Why do so many of us give up on our dreams? When did we make the unconscious decision to settle for the status quo and let our aspirations drift up into the clouds? Life is not a dress rehearsal, we only pass through once! How we choose to spend our time on Earth is entirely up to us. If you are the type of person who desires to live your life to the fullest, I would like to offer you some considerations for designing a “limitless life”.

*First, we must get very clear on what it is we DON’T WANT. Once we become clear on what it is we don’t want we can then re-direct our energy toward what it is we DO WANT.  Far too many of us are willing to settle for scraps when we could be enjoying a banquet. Many of us find ourselves lamenting our “toxic” personal relationships as we begrudgingly make the daily commute in our sub standard vehicles to our dead end jobs, eating fast food and wondering how in the hell we arrived at this station in life? If this sounds eerily familiar, it’s time to take a serious look at your life plan!

*Clarity of purpose. Designing a limitless life begins with clarity of purpose. If we decided to start a new business, we would write a business plan, a plan that would detail every aspect of our operation. We would write a mission statement, we would set both short and long term goals, (with projected completion dates) and we would determine our start up costs and chart our financial projections. Designing a limitless life takes the same dedication, commitment and strategic planning. What do you desire to do for a living? Where to you desire to live? What type of vehicle do you choose to drive? What type of school environment do you desire to educate your children in? These are choices that each of us have control over. Remember…GOOD decisions=many options, BAD decisions=limited options.

*Get out of your head and into your heart! The biggest obstacle most of us encounter in life, lies between our ears. We  have allowed a lifetime of counterproductive programming to govern our current reality. “My family has always been blue collar, I need to tow the line” or “I don’t want to insult my parents by creating a better life than they had” or “I never had the chance to go to college, so I’ll never be able to get a good job”, the list goes on and on. We must give ourselves permission to follow our heart! What are you passionate about? What gets you up early and keeps you up late? If you could live anywhere, where would it be? EVERYTHING is possible! It is your canvas, your paint and your talent, create your own unique mosaic. Start viewing yourself as the creative director of your life.

Once we have determined the things we are no longer willing to settle for, we can re-direct our energy toward what it is that we truly desire. Our clarity of purpose sends a clear message to the universe that we are ready to make a significant shift. The laws of attraction will begin coming into play as we apply the law of motion. In other words, as we are taking proactive steps toward our goals and dreams, the universe is reciprocating by aligning us with the right people, circumstances and events to help manifest our dreams and desires.  We will never enjoy limitless living if are enslaved to consumption and the use of credit as a way of falsely portraying our success. Creating a limitless life is for your personal happiness and should never include the insatiable need to impress others.

Create to your heart’s content!  As always I enjoy your thoughts and feedback.

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4 thoughts on “Designing A Limitless Life…John Page Burton

  1. Thanks John – loved this article. Many people believe that the ‘good life’ happens later, or is about material things or requires massive changes (i.e. move, change jobs, etc.) Sometimes it’s about re-prioritizing…take that bike ride instead of cleaning the house, volunteer with your significant other for a special cause like Relay for Life as your ‘vacation’ this year, make more time for friends and family instead of work. These are the things that fuel life rather than drain it 🙂

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  2. John, great job, but why didn’t you tell me this when I was 21 instead of 51?? haha You’re absolutely right! Life is too short and we definitely need to pay more attention to how we’re living it! I started paying more attention recently and am loving it!Makes each day much more enjoyable!

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