Life changes so rapidly that if you don’t take charge of where you are going, you risk stumbling from one life stage to another with little to show for it.
If you don’t take the time to reflect on what really matters to you, you run the risk of living someone else’s dream.
Asking yourself searching questions about the most important areas of your life and then answering them (honestly) can pay healthy and lasting dividends.
Step 1: Identify the Life Areas that are most important to you
The goal is to get your bearings at this point in your life for each life area: relationships, home, career, finances, spirituality, giving back, health & fitness, or any life area that is important to you. You decide what areas of your life you want to look at. Write down 5 to 8 life areas.
Step 2: Rank your level of satisfaction
After you have selected your life areas, rate them on a scale of 1 to 10. 10 being you are very satisfied with that life area right now. 1 being you are totally dissatisfied.
How well the life audit works depends on how honest you are with yourself.
You are the expert in your life. You are the only one that can rate your life areas. So don’t ask for another’s opinion of what they think you should do.
Step 3: Identify what’s keeping you stuck
Describe the current state of life for each area. You can also address more specific areas by breaking down a category into sub-categories. For example, Family could be immediate family (spouse and children) and a sub-category could be “siblings” or “parents.”
For each Life Area, write two to three bullet points indicating the key reasons for your rating.
Step 4: Get specific on what you want in each area
Now focus on what fulfillment would look like and mean for you in each area. A “10” would mean you are absolutely satisfied with the area and are thriving in the area of life. Focus on what you really want.
Create a vivid vision for each area. What will you be doing? What will it look like? How will you feel?
Create a vision statement for each life area. Write as if you already have this area working just the way you want it.
When do you want this vision to be a reality? Pick a time frame in the next 9, 12, or 18 months.
Step 5: Close the gap
List the first steps you will take to close the gap. Now put some action behind your intentions and do the steps necessary to get your life back on track.