Get the kick-start you are looking for!
If you are ready to be honest with yourself and prepared to put in time and sincere effort, Life Inventory has the potential to positively enhance your attitude and outlook.
Life Inventory is not an easy way out, nor is it a shortcut or alternative to therapy. What it is, is a roadmap or guideline that helps you sort out and categorize your moral inventory. It is based on the Step 4 of 12 Steps programs like Alcoholics Anonymous.
When you make a choice to take a moral or life inventory, you may not realize the time and effort this will take. It’s not easy sitting down and charting out every aspect of your life till-date and how past events influence your present actions. Lots of complicated charts and spreadsheets tend to put people off once they start or, if you’re like me, you will get overwhelmed and side tracked with the minutiae.
That’s where the Life Inventory app comes in. I don’t belong to an AA program, nor do I attend regular therapy. But like most people, I would like to analyze why I do things a certain way or react the way I do.
You are initially given 4 basic categories to create lists of triggering events–
2. Institutions / organizations,
4. Sources of anxiety/excitement
You then have to create sub-levels and categories.
The next step focuses on Causes and effects. As you analyze each stage of the list, you get closer to digging down into your own protective psychological screens.
The third element of the analyses is my part or the role that you played in the incident. In this users are encouraged to analyze their own past actions during these incidents and break them down into selfish, dishonest, or self-seeking behaviors.
As they work through the app, they must constantly remind themselves to be as honest as possible. Writing things down solidifies ideas and clarifies their own moral ambiguities.
If you have successfully finished the above stages, then the next step is to analyze their fear in the above situations.
The final and most difficult or “granite” layer to dig into as the developer of the app so succinctly puts it, is to come to terms with your physical, emotional and spiritual relationships. Due to the closeness of these ties, it’s often hard to be truthful, but as the app reminds us throughout, it’s important to be honest.
This app is geared towards people working through a 12 step AA program and has a lot of religious connotations as faith and fellowship is a cornerstone of these types of programs. The final step or “Report” puts everything together so that it can be shared with the sponsor and team. But this is an optional step for people who are using this app as a standalone.
However, I need to mention a few downsides of the app – complicated for first time users, a lot to read first before starting, UI is cluttered and difficult to navigate initially on iPhone.
If you are willing to keep an open mind, and be honest with your self-examination, then the $9.99 you put down will be well worth it. As I found out, it will not be a quick or easy journey, and you may open up several cans of worms. The more you think back, the more you will remember. But by going through these incidents, you will finally give them the complete closure you deserve, and in the process, emerge as a better and more tolerant individual. The concept for this app is unique, and it is the best app I have come across that keeps you accountable for your actions.