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How to Use the LivingUpp™ Rate Your 8 Assessment Tool

self-care Jun 21, 2017

The LivingUpp™ Rate Your 8 assessment tool is designed to help you identify where to invest your time and energy, so you can function at your highest level. Using the 8 Dimensions of Self-Care as the foundation, the Rate Your 8 Assessment helps you pinpoint which areas of your life you're supporting well, and which areas may need more attention.

Here's how it works:

How to Rate Your 8

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), rate how well your current habits and behaviors are supporting each of the 8 dimensions.

For example, if you exercise and eat well consistently, you'd likely rate the Systemic dimension higher. And if you're struggling financially, you'd likely rate the Financial dimension lower.

Don't overthink it; trust your gut.

As you move through each dimension, ask this simple question:

How well am I supporting myself in this area of my life? 

Consider how your daily habits, choices, and behaviors are impacting each dimension. 

  • Systemic: How you eat, move and rest
  • Emotive: How you express yourself
  • Luminescent: How you illuminate your inner truth
  • Financial: How you allocate your resources
  • Cognitive: How you think
  • Aptitudinal: How you contribute to the world
  • Relational: How you connect with others
  • Environmental: How you harmonize with nature

When to Rate Your 8

I rate my 8 as part of my morning ritual, using The Lifestyle Design Planner*. The weekly pages incorporate space to complete the assessment each day, so it's easy to remember.

The planner also makes it easy to look back at my ratings over time, making it easier to pick up on patterns. This allows me to make adjustments more quickly, especially when I also use information from my monthly trackers.

How to Interpret the Results

If you have perfectionist tendencies, this is probably a good time to let you know that it's unlikely you'll ever be a "10" in every category. In fact, you may not even be a 10 in any category.

And that's probably a good thing.

People who select 9's instead of 10's usually see more capacity for growth, and it actually motivates them to achieve more. So, dear overachieving friends, don't get caught stuck on the numbers.

Look deeper and seek to understand what the numbers are telling you. 

How to Use the Results 

So you've rated your 8. Now what? 

There are endless possibilities for how you can use the results of your findings. Here are just a few of them: 

1. Observe. Once you begin rating your 8 regularly, you'll start to see some patterns emerge. Sometimes the best thing you can do, especially in the beginning, is to get really curious about what you're seeing. Does your mood decline at certain times each month? For example, when you're in the company of certain people or when you have certain deadlines looming? This is all important information. 

2. Prioritize. Before you decide to take action, prioritize the areas you've rated the lowest. Chances are these areas have been on your mind for a while, but you just haven't put sufficient energy into making course corrections. Identify which areas need attention first and go from there. 

2. Act. Take corrective action by choosing specific self-care activities that support the areas of your life you've identified as needing more attention. For example, if you've rated the Cognitive Dimension low, download a new meditation or take a walk to boost your mood. Even if you only have 5 minutes each day to devote to self-care, you can be strategic about how you address your needs.

3. Clear something. Sometimes the best self-care strategies involve removing something from your life rather than adding to it. Find ways to simplify and remove whatever no longer serves you.

In summary, the Rate Your 8 assessment tool by LivingUpp™ is designed to help you allocate your resources more efficiently and effectively. Once you start using this tool more consistently, you'll see how your ratings change along with the ebbs and flows of your life. 

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