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There’s a question we all need to face up to at some point in our lives. The question is this:
Am I living the life I truly want to live? Or am I living the life that others want me to live?
This is the provocative question asked by Jon Butcher and Missy Butcher, the creators of Lifebook Online (the online course is published by Mindvalley).
They claim to be able to help you live the life you truly want if you enroll in their online course.
I enrolled in Lifebook Online, completed it and have put together this comprehensive review telling you everything you need to know about it.
Keep reading to find out what’s good about Lifebook, what could be improved and whether you should enroll.
Why I was skeptical to begin with
When I first heard about Lifebook Online, I was a little skeptical. Jon and Missy are multi-millionaire entrepreneurs and make a pretty big deal about “having it all in life”.
To be truthful, they didn’t strike me as the kinds of people that could relate to the everyday challenges many of us face.
But I withheld my skepticism and enrolled in the course.
What I found surprised me.
Lifebook isn’t so much about achieving external success in life. Although Jon and Missy make a big deal about their material success, this really isn’t the point.
For them, material success is a byproduct to truly understanding what you want from life.
During the course you’ll design your own life according to 12 categories. But first, let’s explain what a Lifebook is.
What is Lifebook?
When I first started researching Lifebook, I was a little confused. There isn’t a ton of information about it, and while it all sounded nice, I still wasn’t sure what it truly was.
Lifebook is a course with videos, templates, and questions that make you explore who you are as a person and who you want to become. There are 12 categories that make up Lifebook, and you go through each one to create your master game plan for how you want your life to work.
It’s a bit like manifesting, but more intense.
Each week, you start off with a set of videos. Then, you download your Lifebook template and fill out the book. As you go, you create a book that is deeply personal and can enrich your life.
What are the 12 categories of Lifebook?
There are 12 categories of Lifebook. They include:
- Health and fitness
- Intellectual life
- Emotional life
- Your character
- Your spiritual life
- Your love
- Social life
- Quality of life
- Life vision
How does Lifebook work?
I think what’s really interesting is how simple Lifebook is. Truthfully, you could do this course without Jon and Missy. But, you shouldn’t.
Though they give you the categories and questions in each category, their program goes above and beyond. You’ll see that in just a few moments.
The sign up
When you first sign up for Lifebook, you pay a $500 fee. While that sounds high, it’s actually a discounted rate when compared to their non-online program. But here’s the thing…
You can get that $500 back.
So really, the course could be free. If you complete the course in the recommended time and fill out your Lifebook, you get your $500 back.
If you don’t complete the course on their timeline or you don’t complete it at all, you will not get the $500 back.
As soon as you sign up, you get access to all of the courses. But before you begin, there are a few things you have to do.
You’ll start with a pre-assessment, which is a bunch of different questions about different aspects of your life. It’s called the Intra-Spect Assessment.
It starts by asking simple things, like your age and relationship status. Then, it goes into deeper questions about how comfortable you feel in certain situations.
There isn’t a correct way to answer these questions, so you need to answer them openly and honestly.
Once you’ve taken the assessment, which takes about 20 minutes, it will give you a score. This score ends up being your baseline that will help determine your final outcome once you’ve completed Lifebook.
The goal is to increase your score.
The warm up
After the assessment, there are six other activities to take before you begin the weekly courses. This can be a little overwhelming depending on how early you signed up.
Because Lifebook works on a twice-yearly schedule, there are only two times to sign up to get the full experience. So, you’ll want to work through the warm up quickly before the first week starts to understand the process.
The warm up includes a welcome video, the assessment, a FAQ video, and a video to get you started on the course called The Journey. There’s also another smaller video about how to find the time to work on your Lifebook and how to join the online tribe.
The weekly courses
When week one starts, it goes over the first two categories of health and fitness and intellectual life. Each lesson will take you about an hour and a half, which didn’t seem like too long.
With three hours of “lessons” a week, it’s doable for six weeks.
You’ll open up each category course, and there will be a video there for you to watch. This will help you go through the questions and prompts, finding out what it is you want in your life.
Then, below the videos are the different downloadable templates with a few pro tips and insights.
Each category has the same four questions:
- What are your empowering beliefs about this category?
- What is your ideal vision?
- Why do you want this?
- How will you achieve this?
Though these questions are simple, they give you the opportunity to write as much or as little as you need. I found that the sample pages provided from Jon’s Lifebook were really helpful. They gave me a starting point to pull from.
On each category page, there are also bullet points with little insights to help you formulate your responses. You can use them, pull from them, or delete them completely.
The weekly coaching calls
Because Jon and Missy are so busy, they hold Lifebook twice a year and do coaching calls once a week. These are awesome to attend, but if you can’t attend, you can watch them after when they are uploaded.
It’s nice to be able to put a face to all of the Lifebook lessons and really get to talk to them in person.
There will obviously be questions that you think of while doing the pages, and while asking the online tribe is nice, talking to the creators themselves is even cooler.
In my opinion, you don’t get the full experience unless you also attend the coaching calls.
The last part of the Lifebook is taking your Post-Quest test, which is like the pre-assessment. This will give you similar questions and then rate you with a score.
The key here is to increase your score, and they can also increase in individual categories as well. You get to see where you’ve really improved the most, and how you’ve improved overall from taking the course.
Printing and binding your book
Jon and Missy recommend that you print your final version of your book and then bind it. This helps to hold you accountable, and you can read it whenever you need to.
This final step is like a little boost that you get to use to keep yourself in check. You now have a book that’s completely about you, and it maps out everything great that you’re planning on in your life.
My own Lifebook experience
So, I took the six week course. I was impressed.
When I first started out, I was a little apprehensive. I wasn’t entirely sure how to react to all of the information. And the pre-assessment stressed me out a bit.
But once I completed it, I was excited to try and raise my score.
During the courses, I was impressed. Even though the basis was on those four simple questions, it made me think a lot about my life.
I was really excited about the health and fitness one, but truthfully, I found the most fulfilling ones to be the ones I started off as being most apprehensive about.
For example, the two categories of parenting and love life don’t currently apply to me. I’m not in a relationship, nor do I have kids. So going over those two topics were really interesting to see. And it made me learn more about myself than I would’ve thought possible.
Overall, I liked the course a lot. And in my opinion, it was worth the cost for me. Whether you get the fee refunded or not, I think the $500 is definitely a fair price for everything that you get.
But, I’m still able to look at the course objectively. There were a few things that I really liked about Lifebook, and others, I wasn’t so sure about.
Pros of Lifebook
Lifebook came with a lot of positives, such as:
- The pre and post assessment helps you to see your overall progress
- The videos are really well done and easily keep your attention
- The videos are broken down into smaller segments, so you don’t have to watch the whole lesson in one session
- The pro tips were helpful in starting each page
- All the bullet points they gave in the template helped me to see what others were thinking and helped me to dive deeper into what I wanted
Cons of Lifebook
As great as the course was, there were a few things that I didn’t love. Some of those were:
- The course is only offered twice a year
- There is a lot of material that could have been expanded upon
- I wish there was a longer follow up to see what my progress looked like in six months or a year
Comparing Lifebook with Out of the Box
As many of you reading this know, here on Ideapod we offer a similar online education program. It’s called Out of the Box and it’s a 16-week self-guided program helping people to embrace their personal power and reframe their reality.
It’s by the shaman Rudá Iandê. Ideapod is a smaller platform than Mindvalley, so there’s a more intimate connection between the people enrolled in Out of the Box, Rudá and myself.
But the difference is a lot deeper.
Lifebook helps you to design your life from the outset so you can then work towards living it. It’s really effective for taking you through a process to articulate what you want from twelve categories in life. You put this into your Lifebook and it helps you to manifest it.
Out of the Box takes a different approach. You’re taken through a process of identifying the many concepts that influence your life, and you then start to shatter those concepts to see what’s underneath them. While doing this you start to identify the many different characters that make up who you are.
Through doing this, you start to build a connection with your deeper nature. You start to act more instinctively.
By the end of the program, after stripping away so much of who you thought you were, you arrive at a point where you truly do know yourself. At that point, Rudá guides you through a process of identifying your purpose in life and designing a new reality around it.
For me, Out of the Box is more effective but harder work. It takes longer to arrive at a level of self-understanding where you can articulate your goals. But if you decide to commit to it, the impact is far deeper than what Lifebook can deliver.
If you’re interested to learn more about Out of the Box, I suggest our free masterclass with Rudá Iandê where he shares a powerful framework to align spirituality, love, family and work around your true nature.
Is Lifebook worth the money?
In my opinion, I think Lifebook was worth the money. There was a lot that I learned, and now that I have that game plan for my life, I’ve found it helpful.
How can I get Lifebook for free?
When you purchase Lifebook, you give a $500 deposit. If you complete the course in the six weeks and fill out your Lifebook, you get that deposit back—making it free!
How long is the Lifebook course?
If you take the course on the recommended timeline, it’s six weeks long with two lessons per week.
Will I always have access to the Lifebook material?
If you don’t submit for a rebate, you will always have access to the material. However, if you submit for your rebate, you will lose access to the videos and material. You can still keep anything you’ve downloaded though.
How long does it take to write your Lifebook?
Because the templates are set up so easily, I took about 30 minutes for each chapter. You can personalize it with photos if you want, but simple text will do too.
Is the Facebook group helpful?
The private Facebook group is helpful. I always like when there is a sense of a community with a course, and with this one, it did feel pretty close.
Who should take Lifebook?
Anyone who is suffering with their life vision or where to go next in life should take Lifebook. Also, anyone who has set goals and failed to keep them would benefit from the course.
In conclusion: Lifebook online review
Lifebook made me do some soul searching that I couldn’t have done without the help of the questions and categories that Jon and Missy set up. There were times that it was a little uncomfortable, and that’s when I knew I was growing.
I’d recommend that anyone looking for a clearer vision in life take Lifebook. You learn a lot about yourself and your life plan with it. I know that my personal Lifebook is something that I’ll keep close to me.