10 Reasons to Take Stock of Your Life Now

Take Stock Of Your Life

What is Taking Stock of Your Life?


When everything's going great in life, we rarely take the time to stop and self-reflect. 

But when the chips are down, we become more introspective, and we're willing to view our lives in more detail.

Whether you're winning at life or failing spectacularly, it's always a good idea to take stock of where you are and where you want to go.

Think back to where you were five years ago compared to where you are today.

Now ask yourself whether your life has improved over the past five years.

If not, why?

Here are the top ten reasons you need to self-reflect and take stock of your life now.

Let's dive in ...


10 Reasons to Take Stock Now


Resolving Past Trauma

Your past can't be changed. What's done is done. 

But with introspection and a new perspective on your suffering, you can re-frame past experiences and take control over your future.

You see, we often don't realize that our past trauma is what's holding us back from the success we want until we take stock and reflect. 

But once we do, we can heal ourselves and finally move forward.

"Clear your past traumas by using the experience to make you better."


Eliminate Self-Defeating Habits

We all have bad habits that we need to break out of to feel more satisfied and live a more fulfilling life.

The first step is recognizing your self-defeating behaviors as they arise, so you can address them early before they become habits. 

The second step is understanding how those behaviors are affecting your life emotionally and physically. 

When you identify what triggers your self-defeating habits, you can figure out ways around them or learn how to handle them when they occur in the future.

"Your daily habits determine your success or failure. Make sure your habits serve you well."


Improve Your Mindset

You can improve your mindset by taking stock of your current situation and reflecting on how your thinking patterns affect your circumstances.

Taking stock of your life aims to weed out negative/lack thinking and cultivate a positive mindset.

Create an inventory of what you want to achieve in your life and the type of mindset you'll need to get you there.

"Your mindset is the number one determinant of how successful you'll be in your life."

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Clarify Your Values and Beliefs

Your Values and beliefs are the scaffolds that support your experience of reality.

Personal values are what's important to you in your life: kindness, health, empathy, security, etc.

Beliefs are how you expect things to be, i.e., 'people should be respectful,' or 'hard work equals success.'

Our values and beliefs help us make sense of the world and our place in it. 

Life flows more smoothly when you live in alignment with your values and beliefs.

If things aren't working out for you, your values and beliefs could be misaligned.

"Your values and beliefs are like a compass that steers your life in a certain direction."


Get to Know Yourself More

It's easy to go through life without really knowing who you are.

Self-reflection isn't always a priority when we're busy with everyday life.

But you can't know yourself if you've never taken the time to explore your own thoughts, feelings, or desires.

Once we figure out who we are and what makes us feel happy, we can move our energy in the right direction.

"The most important relationship you'll ever have is the one you have with yourself."


Realize Your Highest Goals

Achieving your biggest goals can be difficult.

It's even more difficult if you have no clue what your life is about or where you are going with it.

The best way to get on the right track and stay there is by deciding what you want to accomplish, and what needs improvement.

We can't control every detail of our lives, but we can influence our ultimate destiny. 

We are 100% responsible for our results in life.

"Goals give your life meaning. Choose one or two and focus everything you have on attaining them."


Improve Your Health

We have to take care of so many things, but our mental and physical health is most important.

When you take stock of your life, you often find habits and behaviors that are detrimental to your long-term health and well being.

Self-reflection can improve your health because it changes your priorities and you start living a healthier lifestyle.

Exceptional health is the result of a superior mindset and state of being.

"When your mind and body are optimized, your probability of success increases exponentially."


Better Relationships

Have you ever felt like your relationships are suffering because of other things going on in your life?

Maybe there is a lack of intimacy and connection with the people around you. 

We get so caught in our own dramas that we take things for granted, especially the people we care for and love the most.

When you redefine your goals and priorities, you appreciate the value of solid relationships and the love you share with people around you.

"Solid relationships are the thread that holds everything together."


Make More Money

Making money isn't everything, but it's an essential component of a comfortable life.

The best way to become financially prosperous is by deciding what matters most to you so that your priorities are clear and achievable.

From your new vantage point, you can implement a financial strategy that aligns with your ultimate goals.

You might desire to improve your financial position, but your spending patterns move you in the opposite direction.

The trick is to make a viable plan and stick to it until it starts bearing fruit.

"Wealth and abundance come from the right mindset and the right habits."

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Self-Esteem and Inner Peace

The first step to fixing anything in your life is understanding what's wrong with it.

When you take inventory, you identify where things are going off the rails and make changes to get back on course.

Reevaluating your life builds self-esteem and inner peace as you release all the BS you've been carrying around with you.

Clarity of self is the key to self-esteem, inner peace, and personal success.

"Self-esteem and inner peace come from within."

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10 Questions to Ask When Taking Stock of Life


Questions are a powerful way to gain an understanding of your values, beliefs, and goals.

Sit down with a pen and paper, remove all distractions, and answer the following questions.

You'll see yourself in a new light, areas for improvement will become obvious, and a clear path to the life you want will be visible.


1. What's Great About Your Life?

Write about everything positive in your life and everything you have to feel grateful for. 

This question moves your focus away from what you don't have and towards what you do.


2. What Needs to Change?

This question is one of the most powerful you can ask yourself. 

Be honest with yourself and write about all the things in your life that hold you back, that you need to change.


3. Who Do You Want to Be?

Describe your best self.

Include your appearance, outlook on life, your winning habits and ideal personality.


4. What Life Do You Want?

In the same way you wrote about who you want to be, write about your ideal life.

Remember, you're not writing unrealistic fantasies. 

You're writing about a life you're willing to work for and make sacrifices to attain.


5. What Were Your Biggest Lessons?

The biggest lessons we've learned in our lives are usually from some kind of pain from the past.

When we look back on our most significant lessons, we realize how much they've influenced who we've become.


6. What's Your Ideal Career?

Without a clear target of where you want to go, how can you ever get there?

Write about your ideal career and put together a plan to get there from where you are now. 


7. Who Do You Love

It's human nature to take things for granted, including the special people we have in our lives.

Think about who you love, and tell them how you feel and how important they are to you.


8. What Brings You Happiness?

Where do you find your true happiness?

Write down everything that gives you joy and shift your focus to doing more of those things.


9. What Are Your Life Goals?

This question gives you focus and direction.

Program your highest goals into your mind and focus solely on achieving them.


10. Who Are Your Mentors?

We all have people we respect and look up to.

Take the best traits from people you respect and implement them into your own personality and lifestyle.

Over time you'll see how these questions led you to evolve into a better version of yourself than you were.


Things to Remember


  • Whether you're winning at life or failing spectacularly, it's always a good idea to take stock of where you are and where you want to go.

  • With introspection and a new perspective on your suffering, you can re-frame past experiences and can take control over your future.

  • When you identify what triggers your self-defeating habits, you can figure out ways around them or learn how to handle them when they occur in the future.

  • Everything originates in your mind, so you have to think in a way that moves you forward and not backward.  

  • Life flows more smoothly when you live in alignment with your values and beliefs.

  • Once we figure out who we are as individuals and what makes us feel happy and satisfied, we can put our energy towards doing more of those things.

  • The best way to get on the right track and stay there is by taking time to reflect on how things are going, what you want to accomplish, and what needs improvement.

  • Exceptional health is the result of a superior mindset and state of being.

  • We often get so caught up in our personal drama that we take things for granted, especially the people we care for and love the most.

  • The process of reevaluating your life raises your self-esteem and inner peace because you release all the BS you've been carrying around with you.


Best Quotes About Taking Stock of Your Life


"When the chips are down, life forces you to take inventory and reevaluate the people in your life" - Yolanda Hadid

"We have so much room for improvement. Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory... of how we are taking responsibility" - Nancy Pelosi

"The inventory process and stepping back in your life can sometimes be a very dark process. But it also can be extremely funny and surprising" - Craig Charles

"There's nothing like rejection to make you do an inventory of yourself" - James Lee Burke

"It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action" - Honore de Balzac

"The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life" - William Morris