What is Level 10 Life? For me, it is both a motivational tool and sort of a 'Mental Health' check for life, a way for me to check in with myself each year and make sure I am doing everything I can to live the best life I can and plan to make things better. It gives me a chance to think about my life and make sure I am putting in 100% to live the life I want and make a plan to achieve a better life, to be able to live more of my dreams and achieve at least some of my goals. Level 10 Life is a beautiful motivational tool.
I have to confess that I have not yet read the book that Level 10 Life is based on (Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod), but the concept and everything I've heard about the book and the principles it's guided by really appeal to me (so it is on my list of books to read this year). This is a snippet from Hal's Website talking about the 6 minute routine for a Miracle Morning, I have to admit that I feel rather drawn to this idea, and will probably investigate further and see what components I can incorporate into my day.
Imagine that the first six minutes of every morning begins like this…
Minute One… (Silence)
Imagine waking up in the morning, and instead of rushing carelessly into your hectic day—feeling stressed and overwhelmed—imagine that you instead spend the first minute sitting in purposeful Silence. You sit, very calm, very peaceful, and you breathe deeply, slowly. Maybe you say a prayer of gratitude to appreciate the moment, or pray for guidance on your journey. Maybe, you decide to try your first minute of meditation. As you sit in silence, you’re totally present in the now, in the moment. You calm your mind, relax your body, and allow all of your stress to melt away. You develop a deeper sense of peace, purpose, and direction…
Minute Two… (Affirmations)
You pull out your daily Affirmations—the ones that remind you of your unlimited potential and your most important priorities—and you read them out loud from top to bottom. As you focus on what’s most important to you, your level of internal motivation increases. Reading over the reminders of how capable you really are, gives you a feeling of confidence. Looking over what you’re committed to, what your purpose is, and what your goals are re-energizes you to take the actions necessary to live the life you truly want, deserve, and now know is possible for you…
Minute Three… (Visualization)
You close your eyes, or you look at your vision board, and you visualize. Your Visualization could include your goals, what it will look and feel like when you reach them. You visualize the day going perfectly, see yourself enjoying your work, smiling and laughing with your family, or your significant other, and easily accomplishing all that you intend to accomplish for that day. You see what it will look like, you feel what it will feel like, and you experience the joy of what you will create…
Minute Four… (Scribing)
Imagine, pull out your journal, and in your journal, you take a minute to write down what you’re grateful for, what you’re proud, and the results you’re committed to creating for that day. Doing so, you put yourself in an empowered, an inspired, and confident state of mind.
Minute Five… (Reading)
Then, you grab your self-help book and invest one miraculous minute reading a page or two. You learn a new idea, something that you can implement into your day. You discover something new that you can use to feel better—to be better.
Minute Six… (Exercise)
Finally, you stand up and you spend the last minute, doing jumping jacks for 60 seconds and getting your heart rate up and getting energized and waking yourself up and increasing your ability to be alert and to focus.
Now that you sort of 'get' where Level 10 Life is coming from, let me introduce you to how YOU can use it in your bullet journal (I've done mine in the fabulous Hobonichi Weeks Mega - which I'm loving).
STEP 1: LIST YOUR TOPICS TO TRACK
The most common Level 10 Life topics are:
- Family and Friends
- Personal Development
- Marriage / Relationships
- Fun / Recreation
- Contributions / Giving
- Physical Environment
- Health and Fitness
Now I'm going to tweak this to suit the things I would like to track and I recommend you do this for yourself as well (no point tracking things that are not super relevant to you!), so my Level 10 Life Tracking will include:
- Personal Growth
- Self Care
- Physical Environment
STEP 2: RATE YOUR LIFE
The next part can be a little challenging, take a step back and think about your life, try not to be overly critical (or be too 'rose coloured glasses'), and rate each section out of 10.
1: is needs lots of work and
10: is perfect or fulfilled.
Whatever point you are at is OK, this is your starting point - there is no good or bad, just honest. Sending big hugs if this part is difficult for you.
This one is optional, though it might just make the next step easier! I had a good think about what's stopping me from having a higher score, is it me, money, time, or other factors? Write these road-blocks down as once identified it might be something you can change!
STEP 4: PLAN HOW TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS
Don't aim BIG here, aim for achievable - you don't want this to add to your stress, so choose things you know you can actually do and set yourself up for success! Some people pick one goal per section, others 2, some choose one or two areas of their life to work on at a time. Whatever works for you is what's right here. The ultimate aim is to make improvements in each area of your life and steadily work towards your Level 10 life (or something close to it) - for me, my aim is to lead a better life - not a perfect one :)
STEP 5: REFLECT AND REVIEW
This final step might be something you do monthly, 6 monthly or yearly! For me, I check in (though not necessarily by redoing the entire page) every 6 months and then create a new page each year as a formal 'check-in' process to keep myself on task.
Need a bit more inspiration then check out #level10life though get ready to lose an hour, as some of the layout border on art or are stunning and simple (like this one - used with permission)!
All that's left to do now is to decide how you will Plan for YOUR Level 10 Life?