Do you know where you’re at?
Use the Wheel of Life to find out.
Life is not static and we are not static beings. We are constantly evolving, growing, changing because we have new experiences throughout our life. Despite how accomplished, successful or happy you are, we all have areas of our life that could still use some improvement. Balance is the one thing that everyone can always use some improvement with. We all wear different hats in our life, we are an employee, a parent, a friend, someone’s son or daughter, a partner, a volunteer, a community leader, a boss…and each one of those rolls requires a different version of ourselves. When we focus too much on one area we can fall out of balance in another. This is totally common and can be fairly easy to mitigate. I like to use yoga or mindfulness to see my life objectively and notice where I need improvement. However that may not be the case for everyone, especially when you are just starting out learning how to implement mindfulness or mindset & you will need a coach, like myself. Let’s use your health for example; do you exercise regularly, eat healthy and make sure to monitor your health witch regular checkups? Do you feel full of energy, vital and at the peak of health? If so, that’s absolutely wonderful! But now let’s think about an area of your life where you wear a different hat. How are your personal finances? Do you feel prepared for any of life’s possibilities? Are you happy in your career or does your job just feel like something you go to earn income? Is it something you would do even if you were not paid for it?
When you feel out this Wheel of Life it paints a picture that allows you to take a really good, hard look at each facet of your life, and rate its relative quality level, so you can uncover which areas need more attention than others. Consider each area like a spoke of a wheel: When one of the spokes is shorter than the others, it can throw the whole thing off balance. By getting this aerial view of your life, you can identify where you are excelling and where there is room for improvement – to discover where the gaps are between where you are today and where you want to be.
Too many people are caught up with just existing and not fully living a life they are passionate about – they don’t know how to create a life they love. But to be able to design your life, you must first create your map of where you are today.
The Wheel of Life Tool Helps You:
Identify areas of imbalance
Identify areas that are important to you and which are being neglected
Identify areas where you are unsatisfied
Now ask yourself:
“How much time would you like to give to each area on your Wheel of Life?”
“Which area would I like to devote more time to?”
“What is one small action I could do now to improve in this area?”
When we focus on those areas we can start giving it our attention and then can begin making changes towards improvement and progress which ultimately can restore feelings of satisfaction and fulfillment.
Through coaching, we focus on those areas that are important to you and where you would like to see improvement. We then are able to create a tailored action plan to get you moving forward in the right direction.
Wheel of Life Exercise
Goal: The goal of this tool is to show you where your perceived satisfaction/dissatisfaction in the different domains of life.
This exercise can be used to clarify priorities for goal-setting, allowing the you to plan so your current life becomes closer to their desired life: increasing balance between the different hats we wear. Note that it is important to first understand what “balance” looks like for yourself before trying to make this determination based on the results of this exercise. Not everyone is going to want the different areas to be in perfect balance. It all depends on the client’s values. If you are interested in a mini-coaching session with me to determine your personal values book that here.
Note that “balance” is not necessarily reflected by the wheel. In fact, most often, the wheel is a firm reminder of how “unbalanced” your life is. Therefore, this exercise may serve to inform you of any gap between perceived “balance” and reality. This just highlights were you have room for improvement, not that you are deficient or doing poorly at life.
The Wheel of Life is not a picture of the past. It is a snapshot taken in the moment and because of this, it is subject to change. Like I said, life is not static, and neither are we. The wheel provides you with data in the “now,” and as your coach I can use that information to point out the gaps between what is true today and what you want for the future, plus how to get it.
When used on a regular basis, this tool is excellent to help you see how far you have come. Repeated measures allow you to monitor your progress in perceived life balance. Periodic balance checks can highlight useful patterns and facilitate your behavioral change. Giving you a snapshot of your own tangible results!
If you would like help with your assessment to see the bigger picture and what your results tell you, I would be glad to help.
How to Complete the Wheel of Life:
Review the categories on the Wheel. Change any of them that are not meaningful to you. Make this Wheel represent the many dimensions or areas of your life.
Assess each area. Consider each dimension in turn, and on a scale of 0 (low) to 10 (high), write down the amount of attention you’re currently devoting to that area of your life. Mark each score on the appropriate spoke of your Life Wheel. Color in this segment for more visual impact.
Now, consider your ideal level in each area of your life. A balanced life does not mean getting 10 in each life area: some areas need more attention and focus than others at certain times. And inevitably you will need to make choices and compromises, as your time and energy are not in unlimited supply! So the question is, what would the ideal level of attention be for you in each life area right now?
Plot the “ideal” scores around your life wheel, perhaps using a different color from your current Wheel of Life drawing.
Take action. Now you have a visual representation of your current life balance and your ideal life balance. What are the gaps? These are the areas of your life that need attention. And remember that gaps can go both ways. There are almost certainly areas that are not getting as much attention as you’d like. However there may also be areas where you’re putting in more effort than you’d ideally like. These areas are sapping energy and enthusiasm that may better be directed elsewhere.
Which areas can you pay more attention to?
Emotional Wellness: Awareness and acceptance of feelings
Spiritual Wellness: A search for meaning and purpose
Intellectual Wellness: Recognition of your creativity, knowledge and skills
Physical Wellness: Need for physical activity and balanced nutrition
Environmental Wellness: Positive awareness and impact on your environment
Financial Wellness: Debt reduction, cash flow balance or financial future planning
Professional Wellness: Personal achievement and enrichment from your career
Social Wellness: Contribution to your community
Examples for Working on the Eight Dimensions of Your Wellness Wheel:
1 – Emotional Wellness
Try 10 minutes of meditation or yoga to take a break when feeling stressed.
Be positive whenever possible.
Give and get support by talking with a friend or family member.
2 – Spiritual Wellness
Meditate or pray.
Evaluate your values that guide your decisions and actions.
Accept the views of others.
3 – Intellectual Wellness
Read for 20 minutes.
Find time to work on a creative hobby you enjoy.
Join a new group or club.
4 – Physical Wellness
Walk at least 30 minutes every day; aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity every week.
Complete weight/strength training two times a week.
Try stretching for 10 minutes most days.
Eat balanced meals with proper portion sizes.
Aim for at least seven hours of sleep, four days a week.
5 – Environmental Wellness
Walk a local nature trail.
Have a healthy picnic at a nearby park.
Keep your home clean and organized.
6 – Financial Wellness
Monitor your spending habits and cut wasteful expenses.
7 – Professional Wellness
Reevaluate your goals for your career.
Consider taking a course to further your knowledge in your field.
Keep your workspace organized and efficient.
8 – Social Wellness
Plan time with family and friends to build meaningful relationships.