It's time for a Life Audit
Three years ago, for the first time, I did my own version of the Life Audit designed by Ximena Vengoechea, the digital philosopher. Her experience went viral and has helped thousands of people to transform their lives.
After reassessing my personal and professional life I decided to quit my job as a PR Director in the Luxury Industry and went on a quest to share a message that I am truly passionate about. I spent some time studying in the US, India and more recently in Nepal.
Enough about me now.
Big dreamers sometimes find bringing visions to reality a bit overwhelming.
Questions like, “why would I do that?”, “how could I be so silly as to think I can follow my passions, dare to dream and become the CEO of my life?” and, “you do not have a plan, you have a safe career, why change?”.
Rationally staying in our comfort zone is always the safest option - it’s the nature of the body and mind to avoid pain. However, when you ignore the deep urge to help others and the strong feeling that it is time to take the leap of faith you are not only cheating on yourself, but you are also doing a disfavour to Humanity.
Here are some simple steps on how to do a Life Audit:
1. TAKE A STEP BACK AND CHECK IN:
Are you excited about life? Do you feel fulfilled? Are you bringing your unique vision to the world? Are you in alignment with your true self? Do you have the freedom to express your creativity and share your gifts?
Schedule two hours with yourself, block out all distractions and take the time to reflect on your choices and revisit your core values, what drives and inspires you.
MAKE TEA & WISHES:
All you need to unleash your inner-genius is a board or wall, 100 or so Post-it notes and a pen. To start architecting life, use your first four Post-its and on each write down: Personal, Professional, Short-term, Long-term.
Place the personal and professional Post-its as at the top of two vertical columns, then make your two rows - short-term and long-term. Write a wish on every Post-it, however major or minor. This is not the time to limit yourself, just let your imagination rip.
There’s no right or wrong, it’s your journey, so choose the path that is natural to you. Continue until you reach 100 - or run out of wishes.
3. DISPLAY YOUR MASTERPIECE:
Hang your board in a place you look at several times a day - even if that’s your fridge door! This giant collection of Post-its will work as a constant reminder of your priorities. It will provide clarity to action and inspire you to find ways of making your wishes your reality.
4. GAIN PERSPECTIVE:
Look for cheerleader critics. A mentor or a sounding board who will tell not what you want to hear, but what you need to hear - someone whose true intention is to support your growth, not an easy and straightforward process. Look for someone who has achieved what you desire and someone whose opinion is valuable to you.
I truly hope this article has been of service to you and that you enjoyed the process of projecting your thoughts into colourful Post-it notes.
Even more fun will be revisiting your goals (in a year or so) and seeing how magically things have shifted.
Having a constant visual reminder to live an awesomely inspired life makes a huge difference - and makes directing your focus and energy much less daunting.
Remember our only commitment in life is to happiness. To be happy and useful is the true meaning of life.