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I’ve just come out of 14 days of quarantine in Australia.
During my isolation, I definitely needed something constructive to do. I couldn’t be a couch potato all day.
So I signed up to Mindvalley’s Lifebook Online to see what all the fuss was about – and to hopefully figure out my purpose in life and what direction I’d like my life to go in.
You’ve probably heard of Lifebook Online: it’s a course by successful entrepreneurs Jon and Missy Butcher that gives you a deeply personal game plan for your absolute best life.
In my Lifebook Online review, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the course and walk you through my experience (it was not what I expected).
I’ll also give you my verdict on whether I think Lifebook Online is worth it for you.
We have a lot to cover so let’s get started.
First, who is John and Missy Butcher?
Jon and Missy Butcher are serial entrepreneurs who have founded over a dozen companies focused on making people’s lives better.
Not only have their companies been incredibly successful, but they’ve supported orphanages worldwide and assisted people who have developed addiction problems and heavily support the arts.
It’s fair to say that they’ve built a hefty resume.
Their purpose is to create the highest possible quality of life they can, for themselves and the people they love, while helping others do the same.
And this is where Lifebook comes in.
What’s different about Jon and Missy’s approach is that they want to help you discover what you really want – beyond all the one-size-fits-all goals imposed on you by society.
They claim that they’ve designed their greatest life and they want to help you do the same.
One of the key differentiators with Lifebook is that it focuses on all areas of your life (12 dimensions).
Jon and Missy contend that you can have it all – health, wealth, success, and more – without sacrifice or compromise.
Furthermore, a balanced life is a healthy and happy life as well.
This makes sense.
The great thing about their philosophy is that it’s just not about setting goals – it’s about achieving them.
Jon and Missy don’t just want you to sit back and listen – they want you to change.
Sounds great, right?
If you want a sort of teaser into their philosophy, start with this video at A-Fest Bali on how they managed to achieve the life of their dreams.
Here it is:
What is Lifebook?
First, check out the video above. It will give you an idea of what Lifebook is about and how it can change your life.
Also, you’ll get an idea of how Jon and Missy communicate (it’s a lot more practical and down-to-earth than you might imagine after reading the sales page).
In the end, Lifebook is what it sounds like…a book about your life designed to help you recognize who you are and who you’d like to become.
Lifebook is built around 12 categories that cover the different aspects of your life.
Each category comes with videos and templates to help you figure out how you’d like to build your life.
In the end, you create your book about your life. Or, your “Lifebook.”
Lifebook was created because people find it difficult to navigate their everyday life- whether it’s about work, relationships, or just battling their own demons – simply because they don’t have control over their life and where it’s heading.
Eventually, this snowballs into not being unhappy and living without purpose.
Lifebook Online is all about finding your purpose in life, setting your goals, and holding yourself accountable so you can fulfill your mission in life.
The bottom line is this:
Your Lifebook is your master plan for how you want your life to look.
And Jon and Missy Butcher will give you the tools to work it all out, and most importantly, make it happen.
Before we get into what the course entails, don’t be too turned off by the marketing of Lifebook Online
I’ve read some people on the Internet complaining about the over-hyped nature of the sales page for Lifebook Online and the fact that it focuses on money and wealth.
I don’t blame them; I felt the same way.
But once I listened to Jon and Missy Butcher talk in their free masterclass, my fears were put to rest.
They are down-to-earth, practical, and, best of all, relatable.
That’s not what I expected, but I was pleasantly surprised. In hindsight, I’m grateful that I gave them a chance (I’ll get more into that later).
The truth is, Mindvalley just does its marketing in that way. They want to hype up the course. I don’t blame them for it.
But what you need to remember is that you’re not enrolling in Mindvalley, you’re enrolling in the teachings of Jon and Missy Butcher.
So my advice?
Listen to their free masterclass. It will give you an idea of how they teach and what you’ll learn in the Lifebook online course.
I think that you’ll be much more impressed than how the sales page reads.
No matter how big or small your goals are: whether you just want to be more mindful throughout the day, or you want to lose weight, I believe that Lifebook Online is an excellent place to start.
It’s a course that can be helpful for everyday people like you and me.
What are Lifebook’s 12 categories?
Lifebook is made up of 12 categories, which include:
- Health and fitness
- Intellectual life
- Emotional life
- Your own character
- Social life
- Quality of life
- Life vision
As the founder of Hack Spirit, a blog on mindfulness and self-improvement, I’ve taken a lot of personal development courses, and almost all of them focus on just a handful of dimensions: like how to build more wealth or move up in your career.
But Lifebook is different.
Lifebook allows you to develop a deep focus and clarity on all areas of your life.
And I think that’s really important to create a successful, well-rounded life.
In the end, you’ll only be happy if you have a balance in your life.
How does Lifebook work?
If you’ve ever bought an online course before, you might be worried that Lifebook is just one of those where you pay money to download some videos and call it a day.
But don’t worry. Lifebook isn’t one of those courses.
Jon and Missy’s course is structured into 6-weeks, complete with video recordings, cues, access to an exclusive Facebook group, and workbooks.
Each week is focused on 2 different areas of your life. They give you the questions and videos you need to complete each category, but it goes even further than that.
The questions they ask you will get you thinking about your life and how you would like it to look in the future. It’s great for introspection.
Furthermore, the videos you watch for each category are jam-packed with insights and actionable wisdom. It’s important to watch the videos before you answer the questions because they’ll help you frame your purpose and goals.
Some days I struggled to keep up with all the teachings and recordings so you do need to make sure you have enough time to complete it all. Otherwise, you might not get the full benefit from what the course offers.
However, you still have lifetime access so if you don’t want to keep up with everyone else that’s in the course, you can do at your own pace.
To be truthful, the amount of information and actionable tips in the course is quite unbelievable. This is what I was most impressed with.
In other words:
You don’t have to worry about not having all the tools at your disposal.
It’s really comprehensive and insightful, but it’s also up to you to take action and design your life the way you want it.
Let’s go through the process of how Lifebook works, and then I’ll explain what I’m talking about.
So, what’s everything you get for your money?
When you sign up for the Lifebook Online Quest, you gain access to a number of things, including:
- The complete Lifebook Online Quest, which is an 18-hour program experienced over a 6-week curriculum of high-quality coaching calls and training videos
- Beautifully designed, printable Lifebook templates to choose from when designing your own Lifebook
- Access to the course on a variety of devices, including smart TVs, computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones
- 6 different coaching calls with the instructors themselves, answering the most common questions from students in each category
- Lifetime access to the program and the Mindvalley course community, helping you find other students and local meet-ups
- Bonus exclusive pages from the Lifebook of Jon Butcher himself, showing students how it’s done (this was my favorite part, actually, seeing some of the first pages that started the Lifebook idea)
Another great thing I love about Mindvalley is their very liberal refund policy.
If for whatever reason you don’t enjoy the Lifebook experience, you can ask for a full refund within the first 15 days after your purchase.
15 days is more than enough time to know whether Lifebook is right for you or not, so there is literally no risk.
Signing up – Yes, it’s possible that you can do it for free
When you enroll in the Lifebook Online course, you’ll have to pay. I think this was what held me back initially.
It’s a $500 fee upfront, and most of us don’t have $500 to throw on a course that we’re not entirely sure about.
But then I learned that you could get the $500 back. So, it’s basically a free course (if you do it right).
I’ll admit, that had me intrigued. All I had to do was complete the course in the timeline that they set forth, and I’ll get my money back.
However, I also know how busy I am (and the rest of the population).
So, I had to decide whether or not I thought it was realistic to complete it in their recommended six weeks. In the end, I decided to do it.
You sign up online, which begins your journey. Once you pay the $500 fee, you get started on the life satisfaction quiz.
Take a pre-assessment
Right after you sign up, you have access to the online courses that you paid for. But, before you dive in, you need to take the pre-assessment.
They call it the Intra-Spect Assessment, and it’s an assessment that they’ve created to measure your life satisfaction.
I found this an exciting and useful way to measure your success. It was much more refreshing than what you’ll encounter in other types of self-development courses.
The assessment starts with fundamental questions about yourself, like your age, gender, and relationship status.
It was pretty simple to fill out, but then it goes into more profound, somewhat uncomfortable questions.
It talks more about your happiness and satisfaction in how it relates to your life.
And while it can be tempting to lie and say that you’re happier than you are, there’s no point to it.
In fact, this course only works if you’re going to be honest in your pre-assessment.
I found this to be the most introspective part for me, and while there’s no right answer, some of the questions do feel a little awkward.
However, as long as your honest with your answers, this is an integral part of the course. Trust me; it will benefit you in the long run!
No one will see these answers, but you, which helped me to be open with myself and talk about what makes me unhappy and what makes me happy.
This is something that I haven’t done in quite a while so I found it quite insightful. Writing down what you’re feeling has a way of structuring it all in your head.
The whole test takes about 20 minutes, and then it gives you a score. This is just your baseline score, and the goal of Lifebook Online is to help you increase your score.
This is a crucial part of the course because you’re really going to build everything from here.
After the assessment, you don’t jump into the 12 categories. You actually have six pleasant activities, like videos, FAQs, and more.
While this can be a bit overwhelming when you’re working on a tight schedule, it does help explain the whole process.
One video about how to find time for your Lifebook was interesting. It basically talked about how though we’re all busy, if you make Lifebook a priority, you can get it done.
The 12 Lifebook categories
After the welcome video, you can hop into the Lifebook categories.
How it’s set up right now is that you’re supposed to complete two categories each week. All in all, this amounts to three hours of lessons each week.
However, that’s just the videos. And while you have all the time to complete the Lifebook that you need, if you want your money back, you’ll need to complete it within six weeks on Missy and John’s schedule.
I think you must have the necessary time available to get it done properly. The extra time I had to dedicate myself to Lifebook online helped me get the most out of the course and properly set up my life plan.
On average, I dedicated about 30 minutes to one hour per day on Lifebook.
After you complete each course, there are downloadable templates that will help you fill out your Lifebook.
You can download and print them out, letting you write in your answers. Or, you can type your answers and print them all later.
The pages start with the same questions:
- What are your empowering beliefs about this category?
- What is your ideal vision?
- Why do you want this?
- How will you achieve this?
The pages also come with sample pages from Jon’s Lifebook with his answers.
I found this helpful and insightful because Jon is really clear about what he wants in his life.
I found that in some categories, I wrote a few paragraphs for each question. In others, it was maybe three or four sentences.
If you’re struggling to write more, each page also comes with bullet points that can lead you into a more in-depth discussion with yourself.
This is extremely useful to help you dive deep into what you truly desire out of each aspect of your life.
Misty & John’s weekly coaching calls
What’s interesting about Lifebook is that they only offer these coaching calls twice a year.
If you want your money back, you’ll need to enroll in one of these sessions, which lasts about six weeks.
You can sign up a few weeks before the session so you can get started with the pre-assessment and warmup.
The reason they only offer it two times a year is because this is one of the most critical parts of the Lifebook Online.
The Butcher’s coaching calls. Each week, they hold a coaching call where you can personally ask them questions.
So if something doesn’t make sense or you want more clarification, you can ask them about it in the coaching call. But even if you can’t attend the hour-long coaching call, you can watch it afterward.
Honestly, this was quite helpful for me. Missy and Jon are down-to-earth and easy to understand.
They explain concepts simply and if you focus on the lessons they are trying to teach, you’ll get a lot out of it.
You can ask any questions you like and they’ll likely answer it clearly with a great deal of wisdom attached.
It’s important to remember that you can still do Lifebook by yourself in your own time and you’ll still have access to these coaching calls when they become available.
The last step is to take the Post-Quest, which is basically the pre-assessment once more. After you retake it, it will once again give you a score.
This score is broken down by categories, and you can see how many points you increased in each category.
Print and bind your book
Once you’re all finished, you can print out all of your Lifebook pages and bind them so you can have your own personal book for yourself. It’s supposed to help to keep you accountable, and it’s recommended that you read it often.
By reading it regularly, it allows you to keep yourself focused on your goals and priorities in life. I think this is going to be helpful for me in the future.
Top 4 takeaways I learned from Lifebook
1. Invest in the process, not the outcome
I loved this lesson from Jon and Missy. While it’s important to set our goals and intentions, we shouldn’t hinge our happiness on reaching it.
Instead, Jon and Missy say that it’s more fruitful to embrace our actions and the journey itself. After all, that’s where we spend most of our life!
If we take pride in our everyday actions and we embrace the journey, you’ll always be fulfilled no matter what you’re doing.
In fact, only being happy when you reach a specific desired outcome only sets you up for unhappiness for the majority of your life.
I found this powerful. Unfortunately, we’re not taught this in the western world. It’s all about desiring and wanting something we don’t have, rather than enjoying the present moment and appreciating what we do have.
In the end, the key to living the life of your dreams involves the internal just as much as the external.
2. The importance of balance
Jon and Missy taught me that balance is the key to everything. What we do, think, say, eat, feel, they all require awareness and through this awareness we can grow.
Jon and Missy taught me that balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.
Lifebook focuses on 12 areas of your life for a reason, and what this did was help me realize that I’ve been neglecting important aspects of my life.
I learned that I need to take more time focusing on my emotional health. Anxiety and stress had been inhibiting my life for far too long.
As a result, I’ve dedicated more time to meditation and running.
The insight I found from Lifebook is that I had been too one-dimensional in my life, and that’s incredibly important to have balance in your life.
3. I’ve developed a greater understanding of myself and what I want
Lifebook allowed me to take a step back and ask myself, “Where is my life going?”
I’ve realized the importance of being clear on what you truly want in life so you can take control of the direction your life is headed.
My life was fuzzy before I did Lifebook. Now I’ve set goals that have given me direction and focus. I know where my sticking points are, what I need to improve on, and most importantly, what is going to make me happy.
Jon and Missy showed me that it’s only by having a clear direction that you’ll be able to move forward in life.
4. Don’t neglect your internal world
Many of us often neglect our internal life, but what Lifebook will teach you is that it’s essential part of happiness.
Inner peace is more than finding quiet in this modern world. It doesn’t mean passivity and making life dull.
To describe inner peace, it is a state in which you are mentally and spiritually at peace.
When you have enough knowledge and understanding to keep yourself calm and strong during stressful times.
True inner peace is independent of external conditions and circumstances. It means truly knowing yourself and what you are capable of.
When you have inner peace, you fully accept yourself so you do not waste your time, energy, and attention on unimportant and meaningless thoughts. Inner peace is the opposite of anxiety, rumination, and worry.
Actually, we don’t have to be anywhere else, do anything else, or be anyone else to find inner peace. We have to look inside ourselves and be grateful for all that we are.
5. The importance of having an ultimate mission
Superheroes and villains have one thing in common: they have an ultimate mission.
Jon and Missy remind us that the reason why top performers are where they are is that their life is defined by a single mission.
Having a goal isn’t enough because goals are small milestones that you can easily knock down and set up.
If you connect with a personal mission, you are giving yourself purpose. Think of it as a long-term gameplan.
Your mission is independent of external events. No matter where you are in your life, this self-imposed quest of yours gives your life direction, regardless of what happens with your professional and personal life.
Not only do you get clarity, but you also get a never-ending supply of encouragement and motivation.
Pros and cons of Lifebook
Once I’d taken the course, I found that there were a lot of things I liked. But, there were also some things I felt could be improved upon.
Though I was very impressed with the overall course, certain things stood out to me on both sides.
Pros of Lifebook
- The weekly coaching calls showed me how much Misty and John cared about me succeeding and it helped to clear up anything that was confusing. I learned a lot from their teachings that I’ll be eternally grateful for.
- I liked how the pre-and post-assessment helped me to see how much I improved. This gives you a purpose and makes certain that you’ll eventually improve in all aspects of your life.
- All of the videos are professionally done and easy to watch. Most importantly, the lessons are easy-to-understand and insightful.
- The course is built in a way that you understand the importance of every aspect of life, and what you might be neglecting.
- The $500 fee is refundable, which can make this course totally free.
- It’s set up in a way that’s easy to fill out so you can create your Lifebook. I think it can help a lot of people get focused on their goals and what makes them happy in life.
Cons of Lifebook
- There are only two sessions per year, which can be difficult for many to plan for.
- There’s no long-term follow-up to show whether or not the Lifebook truly helped improve life satisfaction. I’m confident it will help me, but I only recently finished the course.
- You need to have some creativity in you, and the desire to actually make and design a real Lifebook for yourself. If you aren’t “into” the idea of writing your own book, then the novelty of this course won’t impress you.
- There’s no process for binding your book, so you have to find someone on your own to do this.
- Not every topic applies to everyone.
- A lot of personal introspection is involved, something some people might not be comfortable doing on their own.
What I think about Jon and Missy’s approach to positive change and creating a life you love
As someone who is obsessed with everything to do with self-improvement and goal-setting, Jon and Missy’s approach to finding your purpose and designing your greatest life is deeply interesting to me.
I love that they’ve created an easy-to-follow action plan and strategies for achieving success in every area of life, without sacrificing anything in the process.
Through my extensive reading on self-development, it’s fairly obvious you need a crystal-clear vision of your ultimate success in these 12 key areas of life to be truly happy.
And this is where Jon and Missy Butcher’s Lifebook does its best work.
Unfortunately, many self-improvement courses completely ignore the 12 aspects of life. Most self-improvement gurus focus on one area like money or goal-setting.
It’s a pity because real happiness comes from having a balance in all areas of life.
That’s why Jon and Missy’s approach is so refreshing.
My personal opinion is that Jon and Missy’s teachings hit the right note.
Coupling their teachings with genuine action should set you on the right path to change.
It’s all about commitment and hard work from your end.
After all, that’s what we all need to do for any type of positive change we want in your life.
My Personal Experience With Lifebook Online
Compared to other quests on Mindvalley, the Lifebook online quest is only live twice a year.
This makes it a pretty exclusive experience compared to the other courses they have on the platform.
Once you sign up, there is a “warm up” period which is really just an introduction to the course.
This includes a welcome video, an assessment, and some instructional how-tos to get you started.
I thought this was a nice touch since it really adds to the overall experience.
The quest in its entirety was really unique and engaging. It’s tangible in a way most online courses aren’t.
On top of the online video courses you unlock on a weekly basis, you actually get to print and bind your own Lifebook.
A lot of students have shared that the act of putting thoughts to paper really revolutionized their goal-setting.
At the end of the course, you don’t just have a clearer direction for your life and your goals; you have an actual, physical manifesto of where you are now and where you’d like to be in the future.
Overall, the course itself was fun.
Every week, you get two categories out of the twelve areas of your life. Each lesson takes about an hour to an hour and a half, which is really not that much of a time commitment.
Even if you’re busy and struggle to find pockets of free time in your daily schedule, dedicating three hours of learning a week is definitely doable and sustainable.
Like all the other courses on Mindvalley, the production is topnotch. The videos themselves are enjoyable to watch and all the more enjoyable to work with.
Why I Tried Lifebook Online
Like many other students of the program, I decided to try it because I was feeling a little bit aimless.
Don’t get me wrong; I am happy with my life. I’m satisfied with my job and my relationships but I was feeling like there was something missing, like I could be doing more with my time.
And I feel like a lot of this has to do with the ever-elusive balance. It’s awfully hard to be a productive person, let alone be productive in every single aspect of your life.
I rarely meet people who have it all together.
I’ve met people who were hugely successful and enjoyed vast material wealth but didn’t have a lot of good relationships.
On the other hand, I’ve also met people who were social butterflies but didn’t exactly thrive spiritually or physically.
Jon and Missy were different.
They were successful, had a happy relationship, and projected confidence that could only come from satisfying all aspects of your life.
When I look at them, I don’t just see successful or fit people; I see a couple that’s truly found the balance in life and has strived to raise the level in every aspect of their existence.
I wanted to figure out how they did it and how I could replicate that for my own life.
My Experience: Did It Actually Work?
To be honest, I can’t evaluate Lifebook the same way I’ve evaluated other courses on Mindvalley.
That’s because Lifebook’s value is immeasurable and often very subtle.
More importantly, it takes a lifetime of learning and experiencing to truly see how impactful this course will be in your life.
Lifebook doesn’t work that way. Lifebook is about unpacking subconscious roadblocks you didn’t know were stopping you from achieving your best self.
Lifebook is about asking questions now and finding answers to problems that might not even be there yet.
Lifebook is about understanding who you are now and what things you have to do to bridge the gap between yourself and the person that you want to become.
I guess what I’m saying is that Lifebook can’t be measured in a way most courses can be because you don’t transform into this magical, complete version of you after the session.
Lifebook gives you the tools to succeed and reframes your way of thinking to set you up for success, but it doesn’t grant your wishes on the spot.
That’s not to say I didn’t see immediate changes after I finished the course.
I’m still looking through my Lifebook every day and consulting it to see if I’m on the right path.
Here’s just some of the big and small changes I noticed about myself after completing the Lifebook program:
- I feel more confident about my decisions. Somehow I no longer feel paralyzed when I have to make life-altering choices
- I want to be accountable for my actions. Because Lifebook serves as a blueprint on how I want to live my own life, both big and small decisions I make have more weight
- I started advocating for myself. With the big picture so clearly laid out before me, I no longer felt the pressure to engage in things that wouldn’t help me
Is Lifebook Online Worth It?
Every once in a while we come across something that changes our lives forever and although it sounds cheesy, I’m proud to say that the Lifebook program is one of those things.
It’s technically free as long as you do all the work so the only thing you’re really “losing” is your time.
As I mentioned, it isn’t much of a commitment and it really pays off in the end.
Do I recommend Lifebook? I definitely do.
Whether you’re an avid soul-searcher or just a regular person who wants to find a clearer path moving forward, there’s something Lifebook can help you with.
How many courses are in Lifebook?
There are 12 courses in Lifebook, and if you take two courses per week, you’ll complete it in the recommended time.
What happens after you finish Lifebook?
Once you finish, it’s time to put your plan to action. The courses, videos, and pages will always be there for you if you don’t submit for a rebate. If you finish your Lifebook but don’t submit for a rebate, you can keep access. If you submit for a rebate, you won’t get that money back.
How long does each course take?
The courses are about an hour and a half long, and you can expect to take anywhere from thirty to sixty minutes to fill out your pages for each course.
What can Lifebook help me do?
Lifebook helps people who have failed to reach the goals that they set. It holds you accountable, and it goes above and beyond traditional goal setting.
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