My quick verdict on Lifebook
There are cheaper, easier options (which I’ll go through later), but they lack the depth of Lifebook.
This review is why you should trust it
I’m a personal development junkie.
It began with self-help books and spiritual text, then it moved to free courses and paid events (including many Mindvalley quests).
You’d be able to tell if you met me that I don’t have rainbow vibes. I’m a born sceptic.
I’m partly a product of my personality, and partly the work experience that has made me who I am today.
After completing a master’s degree as a journalist, I spent more than a decade in news reporting investigating the truth behind stories. Let’s just say that I am very sceptical of BS.
Although this review is purely my opinion about Lifebook, I can promise you that it will be 100% honest after having actually completed the course.
What is Lifebook?
Lifebook is a six-week course where Jon and Missy Butcher will work together to help you create your 100-page “lifebook”.
This course is one of the most popular at Mindvalley. It’s an excellent ‘all-rounder’ personal development course.
It allows you to look at many different aspects of your life and work out your goals. Then you can create your “dream lifestyle” based on what you choose.
Lifebook is divided into 12 categories that can be combined to help you create your personal vision of a life full of success.
Why I chose to do Lifebook
The Covid 19 pandemic caused a lot of people to reflect on their lives, and I am no exception.
Although I have done goal-setting work before, I realized that my life has changed significantly over the past few years and that what I was seeking is no longer true.
It is easy to feel stuck in life or drift aimlessly.
We are all so busy with our lives that we don’t take the time to think about bigger questions, such as what do we really want? Am I content? Are there areas in my life that, if I’m being honest, require more attention?
In a while, I hadn’t done a life audit properly.
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Jon and Missy Butcher: Who are they?
They seem to live a sweet, almost perfect life. They have been happily married for many decades and are in good health.
Their story of why they chose to share Lifebook was a convincing reason for me.
They were already wealthy and were apprehensive about sharing their private lives (so that they don’t become fame-hungry).
They say that they wanted to have an impact on the world and create something valuable. According to them, they did it for fulfilment and not to make quick bucks.
If you are looking for a way to save money in your life, Lifebook may be the right fit.
It’s clear that you want to live a better lifestyle, but aren’t sure how to achieve it. This is especially helpful for clarifying your goals before you start setting them.
You are committed to making positive changes in your life. This program is not easy to implement. It takes time and effort to reap its benefits. This program is not about creating a long-term change in your mindset. It is more about creating a vision for your ideal life. It takes time to make changes, so your ideal life should be viewed as a long-term effort.
You probably love organizing, even if it’s not your thing. This is an excellent way to get started with change.
If you are not sure if Lifebook is right for you,
After the course’s six weeks, you hope to be finished. Lifebook calls itself the “thinking phase” of your dream life.
It’s important to remember that after the thinking phase, you still need to put in the work to make it happen.
Marketing is a common way to get quick fixes. We all know that it won’t work if we don’t do our part.
You’re stuck in victim mode. You are stuck in victim mode. This course is about taking control of your life and yourself.
You want to know how to live your life. Although you may receive suggestions and guidance, the final decision is yours.
It is encouraged that you find your own answers to how you want your life. You must be proactive and disciplined.
How much does Lifebook cost?
Enrolling in Lifebook costs $500. Mindvalley’s yearly membership does not include it. Although the website states that it is a reduced price of $1250, I have never seen it advertised at a higher rate.
The best thing about Lifebook, however, is that money can be viewed as an “accountability deposit” and not a payment. You can request $500 back as long as you complete the course according to the instructions.
You can also exchange the $500 for full access at Lifebook Graduate Bundle. This gives you membership to Lifebook Mastery, a follow-up program. Here you will learn how to transform your vision into an action plan.
What are you doing during Lifebook? The 12 categories
Lifebook covers 12 areas to help you see your whole life in a balanced way.
- Health and fitness
- Intellectual Life
- Emotional life
- Love Relationships
- Social Life
- Quality of life
- Life Vision
What to Expect When You Take the Lifebook Course
Before you begin:
There is a brief assessment that you need to complete before you can start. It consists of a few questions. This assessment takes around 20 minutes and allows you to reflect on where you are at the moment.
You will get a score that reflects your life satisfaction. The course ends with a second assessment. This allows you to compare the changes you made. While there are no right or wrong answers, it is possible to improve your score.
A tribe is basically a group of people who are doing the same program as you. I will be honest and say that I did not join the tribe.
This is actually a very useful idea. This gives you extra support and guidance. It can help you stay the course by sharing your journey with others who are in the exact same boat.
You can also access a few additional resources before you start the course, such as Q&A videos.
Although there were many of them, the videos are broken down (and time-stamped!) into individual questions.
Instead of spending hours looking at endless amounts of content, I skimmed the ones that I was most interested in.
What is the life expectancy of Lifebook?
Each of the 12 categories is covered in 2 weeks. This gives you 6 weeks to complete each category.
Each week you’ll need to put in approximately 3 hours, or 18 hours for the complete course. This is without the optional FAQ videos that can be viewed each week. These videos vary from 1-3 hours.
This commitment was reasonable and manageable for me, especially considering it is only for a month.
We all know that if we didn’t have to put in the effort and time necessary to make our dreams come true, many of us would be living them.
While I’m self-employed and have no children, it is true that I do not have any. If you have a more hectic life than mine, it is important to find the time. Otherwise, you may quickly lose your way.
How is Lifebook organized?
Each of the 12 Lifebook categories follows a similar structure when it comes to creating your Lifebook. You will need to answer the same 4 questions.
What are your most empowering beliefs regarding this category?
This section will help you examine your beliefs. They are crucial for any change in your life. Whether they are true or false, beliefs influence our behaviour and silently dictate our actions.
You are asked to consider positive beliefs you hold in various areas of your life.
What’s your ideal vision?
Throughout the course, you will be reminded to pursue what you truly want and not what you think you can achieve.
This was very important to me as it is something I find really difficult. My upbringing was very normal and I tend to set goals based on what is realistic. It can be difficult to dream big and I enjoy the extra push to reach higher goals.
Why would you want it?
Finding the greatest motivator to help you reach your goals is the final part. It’s great to know what you want, but you must also know why you want it.
Research shows that it is far easier to remember the reason for your goal than to lose sight of them. We are more likely to quit when things get tough.
How can you do this?
Strategy is the final piece of this puzzle. Now that you know what your goal is, it’s time to decide how to get there. This is your guideline.
Here are my thoughts on the pros and cons of Lifebook
Lifebook pros (things that I loved about it)
This is a very well-rounded and comprehensive way to set goals. Many people make mistakes when trying to do it on their own. Although it is simple, it can be very powerful.
Balance is something I believe in. Lifebook’s balanced approach to life encourages you to look at all aspects of your life.
Personal development that is focused on materialistic goals can lead to a lack of success.
What’s the point of having a million dollars in your bank account and not sacrificing your relationships with people or your leisure time in order to keep it?
While we all want to live a happy life, it’s only a part of what makes a life successful.
You are in control of your life. It encourages you to consider what is most important to you. This puts you in control, and not some expert telling you what to do.
Personal development experts are claiming they will “empower” you.
There is a lot of buzz around the subject. Personal development experts say they will “empower you”. Personally, I believe you must empower yourself.
Empowerment can’t be given to you by someone else. You have to do it yourself.
There’s also a lot more support than you would get from Mindvalley programs.
The tribe and Q&A sessions are great. Jon’s personal Lifebook, which you can download as a PDF, was also a great resource. It gives you a better understanding of your life.
Many personal development courses will require that you know what you want before you purchase them. You might want to lose weight, get healthier, improve your memory, and so on.
However, I have found that many people don’t know what they are looking for. This is a great course to help you discover what you really want before creating an action plan that will change your life.
Your commitment might be increased by the $500 price tag. I discovered quickly as a life coach that we do not value the information we receive for free.
We realize we have nothing to lose so we don’t often do the work. It’s just human nature. Sometimes, it’s necessary to put skin in the game in order to be ourselves.
You have an unconditional guarantee of 15 days. You can test it and return it if it doesn’t suit you.
Lifebook is yours for life. This is something I believe is important because it’s something that you’ll enjoy doing more than once.
It’s okay to redo Lifebook whenever you feel you have gone through significant changes or just occasionally.
As you complete each section, you are guided through the steps. It feels like you’re being guided, and not being told to do everything yourself.
To help you create your Lifebook, you will also receive templates that can be downloaded.
Lifebook cons (things that I didn’t love about it)
It costs $500. This is quite a large amount even though you get the cashback if you finish the work. For more information, see the “How much does Lifebook Cost” section.
There is no perfect life. It’s easy to get too focused on a goal and feel that you have to do everything.
There are only so many hours and life can become unbalanced when priorities change. It’s okay to be normal and flawed, even if you are trying to be the best human being.
These 12 categories may not be appropriate for your life. You might find that some of them don’t work for you.
For me, for example, the parenting section was not so important because I am not a parent and have no plans to become one.
The sections cover what most people would consider a meaningful life. There was nothing that I could think of that was missing.
Personally, I would like to have more information about beliefs and how they are formed.
Although we have the ability to choose our beliefs, I felt that it was not clear enough about how deeply ingrained they are for most people.
It might be more difficult to change negative beliefs about yourself or the world if you hold them.
It’s a good start to consciously rewrite our beliefs and choose what we want, but I think it’s not enough for most people. It’s not easy.
It can lead to whitewashing our true feelings and trying to make them fit with what we believe we should. I might be just nitpicking.
Lifebook’s results for me: My results
Lifebook helped me feel more grounded. I felt that I was in control of all aspects of my life.
Although I have done goal-setting work before I lost a lot in the last few years. Before I started Lifebook, there were many outdated visions of my life that I still had. After I completed Lifebook, I was able to see clearly what I wanted.
I prefer to follow the flow of life. Even though flexibility is a key component of resilience and success, it’s easy to drift without a clear plan or direction.
Lifebook helped me break down larger ideas into smaller, more manageable steps.
Although it hasn’t magically made me a millionaire or helped me find the love of my life, it has helped me makeover my life and bring my shittogether.
What alternatives are there to Lifebook?
Lifebook is my favourite goal-setting course on Mindvalley. It’s also worth noting that you can purchase a Mindvalley membership for $499, which is the same as Lifebook.
Because Lifebook is a partner program, it’s not included in the membership. Mindvalley memberships give you access to many other personal development courses that can be purchased separately for thousands of dollars. They cover topics such as body, mind and soul, entrepreneurship, relationships, parenting, and more.
This could be a good fit for you, especially when you know the areas in your life that you want to improve.
Ideapod’s “Out of the Box” course is another option for those who value freedom of thought.
This book is a different take on Lifebook. It encourages you to really get to know yourself and to reflect on your success. Although it is more expensive at $895, you will find that it leads you on a deeper journey.
Is there a cheaper or free alternative to Lifebook?
Lifebook is a combination of many very common goal-setting techniques, but in a highly detailed and turbo-charged manner.
If you aren’t ready to commit the capital or are unsure about your commitment, you have other options.
Udemy and Skillshare offer many general, goal-setting courses. These courses are usually less expensive than Lifebook but they’re also more in-depth and shorter.
You can get a free taster of this type of self-exploration work by visiting my coaching practice.
I have used exercises such as the “Wheel of life”, which helps clients reflect on various aspects of their lives, to help them.
It’s not likely to make a difference in your life, despite how interesting these quick exercises might be.
Is Lifebook worth it?
Lifebook will help you make a change if you are determined. When I think about all the things that I have spent my money on, I believe the $500 investment is worth it.
It’s easy to see why this is so appealing. The program is basically free, provided you are there for yourself and complete the required work to be eligible for a refund.
Even before you take any action, all the reflection is powerful. It can be difficult to ignore the truth once you have pulled back the curtain from your life. You must actually execute your Lifebook to get the best results.
Put yourself first
What is your top goal right now?
Is it worth saving up to buy the car you have been dreaming of?
Do you want to finally get started on a side hustle that will hopefully allow you to quit your 9-5 job?
The oder to make the leap and ask your partner to move in.
No matter what your goals may be, there is a trap in the way you set them.
This is the trap:
Only when your goals align with your values will you experience true life satisfaction.
You will enjoy the journey more if your values and goals align. This makes it much easier to achieve your goals.