LifeEditor does not follow a conventional, scientific decision-making process . These generally ask you: what are your values, goals and objectives; what options do you have; and how closely will each option take you to meeting your goals? You then pick the option which best meets those criteria. Have a look at the section on rational decision-making models for comparison.

But the LifeEditor offers an alternative, more intuitive model. It helps you find your own true orientation by asking you to test your option against an unfamiliar set of reference points. In a way, by first disorientating you with unfamiliar concepts, the LifeEditor compels you to get out your own internal compass to find which way to go.

This is not to say that consulting the LifeEditor will always result in your taking riskier or more unusual decisions. In fact, after using it, you may decide to do what you would have done if you hadn’t used it. But in that case it will certainly leave you feeling more confident that your decision is right for you. On the other hand, if you are in a situation where you feel you ‘should’ do something, but it doesn’t feel right; or deep down you want to give yourself permission to take a new path, or do something you wouldn’t normally do, the LifeEditor will help you tell if it would be right for you to do that.


More than any other life-planning tool or framework I have ever encountered, the LifeEditor is centred on you, the user, and what is best for you. It helps you filter out cultural norms, parental influence, external authority and conventional wisdom. What is left is just you. There is no-one else involved, pushing their agenda, trying to second guess what they think would be right for you, asking leading questions, etc.