'' It's more than a book… 6 steps, stories and exercises were curated for the reader with the sole purpose of stimulating you into a self-coaching journey of personalised life design, as unique to you as your fingerprint ''

Gill McLaren

Experienced executive leader, innovator, speaker, sought-after consultant and coach. CEO and Founder of Syntegrate.

There is something powerfully reflective about getting roughly halfway through life and wondering to yourself, is this as good as it gets? Am I really living the life I want from a career and family perspective? A remarkably high number of people have these thoughts – you've probably had them yourself. But then life gets busy again, and we park them. But those thoughts often pop back into our heads at regular intervals, and they never really go away. You may think what I am referring to is a 'mid-life crisis'. Others may call it that, but I don't see it that way. I consider it more of a 'Mid life reflection'.

Welcome to the world of

My journey and discoveries about how you design and live your best life had plenty of twists and turns: some things worked and some didn't. But I have now reached the point where I feel I can share my discoveries with others, which is why I wrote I want to help you and others navigate Life Design and provide all the practical tools needed to do this.

is a workbook designed to take you on a practical journey. Complete with tried and tested strategic frameworks, tools and pragmatic advice that will stimulate your own thinking, you will confidently be able to design a best life plan for yourself as unique to you as your fingerprint.

The chapters are laid out in a 6-step approach to define your Who, What, With, Why, Where and When, giving you all the stimulus, encouragement and tools you need to rediscover your strengths, values and passions, and to help you steer yourself back on track or find a new path. After completing these steps, the book explores in more detail how you can integrate your learnings into your life, career and leadership style.

is your practical 'buddy' in life design.

I have written Think. Plan. Live. to be a 'buddy' to support you through the steps of designing and living your best life. To keep it practical I have included my own stories, real-life examples, tips and tools to help you think through for yourself what's important and to help you design and plan out your own best life. After all the time and effort you have put into life so far, I think you deserve to have a rewarding career and to enjoy time to spend with the family and friends you care about.

The goal is that by the end of the book you will feel inspired and positive about what Life Design could do for your career and personal life by you playing to your strengths, living up to your values, and leading with purpose in your career. Hopefully you will have picked up the book out of self-motivation to make a positive change for yourself and a desire to make a difference in the world. The book will give you an extra nudge and some practical tools to help you create and work through your plan.


About the Author


Gill McLaren is on a mission to help people design and live their best life. Gill left a successful international corporate and a C-suite career because she felt she wasn't making enough difference to the world. She came to the realisation that through sharing her approach and coaching and running workshops with others to share her philosophies and method of Life Design, her practical approach really helped others create their own best life. It started with her team, then her colleagues and then her friends. The reaction was so positive to her approach to best life planning that she decided to set up a business and write a book to focus on it.

Gill is the CEO and Founder of Syntegrate.

What people are saying about Life Design...

'Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.'

Mahatma Gandhi

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'Your life fingerprint is unique, you are the only person on the planet that has it. Its discovery holds the key to being who you really are, and that holds the key to greater happiness.'

Gill McLaren

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