First, let’s have a quick overview of the most common mistakes most people make when they do life reviews.
- You focus on one area of your life
In pursuit of happiness, we often forget to look at our lives from a broad perspective. While getting richer definitely feels great, it’s not worth it if you sacrifice your health or relationships (but we usually see it only in hindsight). Balance is the key—take care of many areas of your life with the same commitment, and happiness will follow.
- You measure success in the wrong way
Don’t focus only on goals; also focus on the process of becoming who you want to be. Even when you fail, the lessons you’ll learn may be priceless. If your company goes bankrupt, you’re still an entrepreneur—you just encountered some obstacles on your way. Measure your success as a way of becoming a better person. Focus on who you are, not what you do.
- You compare yourself to others
The only person you should compare yourself to is you. Being inspired by others won’t hurt, but the only measure of progress is comparing yourself to a person you were a week ago, a month ago, a year ago, or a decade ago. Don’t envy people for their individual successes, and don’t look down on them because of their failures. You never know what someone is dealing with behind closed doors.
Now that you know the basic mistakes, let’s establish all the areas in your life you should sum up, step by step.