6 Reasons You Need to Assess Your Life
Evaluating your life is something you should do often, consistently and with full intent. By taking time to evaluate your life, you’re giving yourself an opportunity to review, seek feedback on what you’ve been doing and how it’s affecting your overall trajectory in life.
The more honest with yourself you are, the greater the insights and truth you will find.
Besides routine check-ins or what I call ‘anchors’ there are some other key reasons to spend time evaluating your progress in life. These reasons can be major factors about how you move forward, pivot and navigate through life– taking time to consider them can help you make quality moves and decisions toward your future success.
Key Reason 1: Your Gut Feeling that something’s ‘not right’.
You know it, you’ve felt it. You’ve probably felt the sensation that something is just “off.” When you experience this, you are now aware of your subconscious and emotional engagement, also known as your ‘sixth sense’. It can be a feeling of discomfort, anxiety, butterflies, a difficult-to-pinpoint emotion or trigger from an immediate thought, experience or situation. Whenever you experience this, it can be a sign that it’s time to evaluate your life so you can determine what’s the root cause, the why and therefore a signal to stop, assess and act.
Key Reason 2: You are not where you should or need to be in life.
If there is one thing I’ve learned, mostly from the clients I work with (they are my greatest teachers), it’s this. Don’t compare yourself to others. Only compare yourself to where you were yesterday. Seeing the success of others can be used as inspiration, not comparison. If you’re feeling like you’re falling behind, get clear on what specifically, where specifically, and what to do about it.
While you might feel like you are standing still in life, or you’re stuck in a rut, you get that inner feeling again, intercept it and ask more critical leading questions to identify the details.
Key Reason 3: You are capable of far more.
To be honest, feeling stuck, sucks. It’s a dead-end never-ending pit of inaction. It feels safer to stay where you are, even when you’re unhappy, than invest time to work out what you need to do instead. Just thinking about being average, or having not achieved goals you set yourself, or even seeing the same goals pop up every single year, is enough to build limiting beliefs around your ability to grow, evolve and achieve your life goals.
However, everything can change. If you begin to feel like you aren’t where you thought you would be in life, that’s the feedback you need to take action on it and change your trajectory.
Remember, you’re not alone and It’s normal to experience this over time. This is your internal conscious speaking to you – listen, act and master your ability to intercept and assess on demand, in real time.
As you evolve and develop these new skills and intuition, your goals will evolve, the clarity in knowing your aspirations and reasons why they are important to you will develop also. Building the foundations and optimal insights to knowing your true value, abilities and most importantly, fearlessness to go against the grain and step into continuous discomfort to grow.
Key Reason 4: You’re bored or just too comfortable.
Boredom is a powerful trigger to procrastination, and it can become a truly detrimental mindset that lingers forever. If you ever get the thought that you are ‘bored’ let me tell you this; it’s not boredom. We don’t get bored; we lose focus. We lose interest in the process. We lose clarity on the why, the truth and the core of actionable behavior or to strive for greatness.
Boredom is like discipline. They can both be cured by getting excited in the process. The details of success are in the details. You must dig deeper.
While each living day may not be packed with excitement, results, big wins, or adventure, it must engage your interest. You must be invested in the process to achieve specific outcomes. If you find yourself feeling bored or stuck, you need to stop to speed up.
Key Reason 5: Your current self is not enough.
This is purely observation and your inherent instincts to achieve coming to the surface. We are born to evolve. We are born to thrive in discomfort. That’s exactly what survival of the fittest is all about. Natural selection and evolution is based on this one factor. And only this.
When you sit in your comfort zone, you are missing the opportunity to grow. Adaptation doesn’t need to be a struggle. In fact, research shows that setting goals and working just 4% beyond your current capacity is the perfect amount of challenge that we feel is achievable, and sustainable.
Now I’m not saying you need to be in a state of discomfort all the time. The opposite. Remember this in relation to the feelings of mediocrity. You can enjoy the fruits, you can sit bac and disengage while you enjoy your achievements, just not for too long. Your inner voice will let you know when it’s time to start thriving again.
For me, the reset, (no I’m not referring to the ‘Great Reset’ that’s another topic and you can use your resourcefulness to explore that in your own time). The rest is your first opportunity to stop, reassess the current variables, measure your baselines, and get clear on where you are in life, where you want to be, what needs to change and what resources you need to adapt and evolve.
It’s your opportunity to gain structure, get organized and prime the foundation for future success. It’s the first step in my Mastermind program that is essential for all of us to prioritize to evolve.
Key Reason 6: A shift in your priorities.
As you move forward in life, you’ll notice something that takes place at specific, regular intervals. Your priorities, interests and desires change. That’s because YOU change. You are not the same person you were a year ago, let alone 5 or 10 years ago. Your life experiences, people you meet, work with and the information you learn all bring new data, new insights and new perspectives to you that help form your current and future self.
In this case, it is absolutely normal for you to change priorities. In both my Mastermind Program and through my High-Performance Coaching clients, being able to ‘commit to uncommit’ and change your priorities is a ‘known known’ and part of the success process.
As your life evolves, your values, priorities and goals are going to naturally change along with everything else.
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