A commitment to stick to your plan is not a prescription for a happy life.

When you try to plan as if you knew ahead of time exactly where you’re going, you might feel more in control. Unfortunately, the control’s not real. You can’t predict what you’ll be like or even what you’ll want next month, next year, or a decade from now. That’s because as you live your life, you learn and grow and become fundamentally different. You’re changed by your experiences.

In this episode I argue for a spontaneous life. By this, I’m not suggesting that we should all act impulsively and without thought. I am suggesting that each time we decide to act, we make that decision on the basis of everything we know in that moment. We allow ourselves to be unconstrained by choices we made earlier, if a better choice is available now.

A spontaneous life requires that we adopt an attitude of openness. We stay alert for new ideas. We refuse to follow a rigid agenda. We remain ready to listen to the knowing in our bodies and to our flashes of intuition.

When we live a spontaneous life, we’re not stuck doing something just because we decided at some earlier point to do it. We’re never stuck if what we’ve learned in the meantime points us in a new direction.


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I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals.

My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach.

I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.