How to Expand Beyond Preservation for True Fulfillment

Craig Stanland
2 min readDec 5, 2023

As we enter our second half, it’s common for people to constantly fear losing what they have (job/money/lifestyle/relationship/etc).

Their lives become a matter of preservation.

Their decisions, choices, and actions aim to preserve the past by trying to preserve the image and story they’ve projected in their minds.

“Life was great when…”

We operate out of fear when our lives become a matter of preservation.

Every life hiccup threatens what we know, and we become less and less willing to experience anything new because it may threaten homeostasis.

We degrade the quality of our lives.

We find ourselves at a crossroads because it’s also about this time that we feel a gravitational pull toward cultivating lives of meaning and fulfillment.

Meaningful and fulfilling lives will never be born from a state of fear and preservation.

Meaningful and fulfilling lives are the antithesis of preservation; they’re an act of expansion.

One of the best ways I know to cultivate expansion is to stop buying fear at face value and examine and dissect it.

And then understanding what it’s keeping you from is precisely what will create meaning and fulfillment.

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My memoir, “Blank Canvas, How I Reinvented My Life After Prison” is available on Amazon.

“Blank Canvas” is for anyone trapped in prison cells of unworthiness, inadequacy, shame, regret, and fear who want to free themselves so they can reinvent their lives with courage, purpose, meaning, freedom, and peace.

James Altucher, best-selling author of Skip the Line, Choose Yourself and Reinvent Yourself had this to say about “Blank Canvas.”

“Craig has lived a story NOBODY would ever want to live. I was riveted to each page because I kept asking myself, “How would I handle this?” and I didn’t know the answers. Craig takes us into hell, and then we ride with him on the journey back. Great story, great writing, great human being.”

I’m a Reinvention Architect & Mindset Coach. I work 1:1 with my clients to unleash their full potential and connect with their life’s calling so they can live the lives they’ve always imagined.

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Craig Stanland

I write about my journey from corporate success to federal prison and finding joy, mission, meaning, and fulfillment beyond professional and financial success.