Audit Yourself to Improve Your Circumstances

Auditing Yourself

From time to time, it’s good to sit back and ask yourself a few questions. Here’s a starting point.


Are you happy? Are you doing something you enjoy?

A good way to look at is: how much time do you spend on the good things?

Who are the good people in your life? Do you spend enough time with them?

Do you need to realign any choices? Do something differently?

What’s changing? What would you like to stay the same?

Simple solution: keep what’s working, change what isn’t.

What are you doing for others?

As Martin Luther King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is this: what are you doing for others?” Remember the persistent question.

What’s next?

Knowing what to do next is critical. It could even be a superpower!

How is your routine? Do you have the right balance of structure and spontaneity?

Planning will help, not hinder you. Even if it’s not the end of the year right now, consider an Annual Review—or something else.

What are you working toward over time? What is your legacy project?

We want something we can create that takes effort and a set of structured steps. We want effort as much as results.


Of course, these aren’t the only questions. Feel free to add your own.


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  • Akinsola says:

    I do mine subsconsciously everyday , and it makes me to always be aware of my performance.

    How is your routine? Do you have the right balance of structure and spontaneity?

    this question is what I often ask the most in my day to day audit.

  • Donnie Law says:

    No matter how many times I ask myself these questions, I start to drift. I need to think about these things daily to keep myself focused.

  • Donnie Wagner says:

    “Do you have the right balance of structure and spontaneity?” I thought you and Chase said balance was BS? 🙂

  • Caelan Huntress says:

    For just a little while now, my personal audits have been really good – I have passed all of my qualifications for living an awesome life, with flying colors.

    So now, I’m auditing myself to look for my weaknesses. The chinks in my armor, that could dislodge me from living the life I have been enjoying.

    I’m curious, Chris, if you’ve done any investigation into people who had it all and then lost it. What are the warning signs?

  • Jim says:

    Thanks for posting this – I needed it.

  • Travis says:

    Love this post.

    I make a habit of asking myself similar questions every six month. Not just think about it, but sit down and write out my answers. It’s surprising what ends up on the page sometimes.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  • Connie Habash says:

    Since it’s Autumn, I’m naturally looking at my life all over. And I’ve come to the conclusion – I’m not having enough fun! I’ve been too focused on getting things done and building my business (and even my yoga practice) that I have dropped off things that bring me joy. I’ve been just a bit too serious (even writing a blog post at this moment about it!).

    So I’m shifting my priorities to include – to even schedule – time for enjoyment and things that lift my spirit. Thanks for the impetus to get that revised schedule done, Chris!

  • Mark says:

    I find that I tend to do this everyday. My problem is that sometimes I am unable to find the answers to the questions. Sometimes it seems that I get so far gone on my routine I forget what is really important.
    I’m not really sure about finding balance since there are things in life that really excites our interests and things that don’t but the the things that don’t usually seem to demand a lot of time from us.
    What do you think?

  • Kurt Swann says:

    Chris, I love the idea of questions and even use a daily list where I give myself a score. I make the questions so they can be answered “yes or no” such as “review major goals, friendly to strangers, positive attitude, fitness, time for creative thinking . . ” etc. Only takes a few minutes and even if I slack off sometimes, the daily awareness makes it easier to stay on track. Kurt

  • Joseph Bernard says:

    These are important questions and I feel positive about all that I have been doing. I do sense a need to up the intensity in a mindful kind of way. I know my last two years of retreat have prepared me to re-enter the world from a deep inner awakening that calls me to be more of the vibrant light, love and peace that I have discovered within.

    I suspect most of your readers also feel a call to a higher expression of who they are. These times truly need that more than ever.

    I have found if I listen to my heart / my soul’s voice, I am clearly guided to what is the highest expression of who I am. This is the call to a personal commitment to be the best I can be and assist others be the best they can be.

    Peace and joy to all.

  • Robin says:

    I’m so glad you posted this! I am at a crossroads and these questions are so helpful for me. I know I am making some good choices. Thanks!

  • Janna says:

    Thank you for this post, I need it. The upcoming start of the 4th quarter is the perfecting timing for me to do a Quarterly Review. I was really fired up at the end of last year and beginning of this year to achieve my goals and do great things. In the past couple months I’ve lost steam and feel a lack of motivation. Hopefully this will help get me back on track!

  • Sarah says:

    I started doing my first annual review 2 days ago (I’m a student and therefore measure my time more in semesters than in years) and it’s a truly interesting exercise. The most interesting part is what doesn’t get written down. It’s the things that I think I should do or car about, but those things don’t provide a satisfying answer to the questions you have mentioned above.

  • Natalie - The Cat Lady Sings says:

    Working on this stuff – progress, not perfection, right? RIGHT? 😉

  • Dr. David Powers says:

    Awesome job. This one’s a keeper. Immediately posting it on my church Facebook page, and gonna teach from it on Sunday.

  • Chad Butler says:

    Thanks, Chris. It’s always good to take some time out for introspection and reflection. For me, I appreciate the timeliness of this post. I needed to do some of that myself, but I needed the reminder.

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  • Allen says:

    Planning will help, not hinder you. Even if it’s not the end of the year right now, consider an Annual Review—or something else.

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