Have you ever felt that your life is not balanced?
This exercise with the Wheel of Life will increase your awareness on the particular areas you need to work on to give your life balance. It can also give you direction on where to focus your self care strategies.
While some areas receive all your attention, others get none. Perhaps your career is on track, but you no longer have time for your family and friends, or your work is unfulfilling, and you are not growing or learning. This often happens if we are focused on career or finances because of debts, or avoiding areas of our life because we feel we have lost control.
Everyone feels challenged at some stage in their life. Balance and Harmony in relationships, careers, health spirituality, finances and others are difficult to establish, achieve and even maintain.
Achieving a balanced existence is essential for our wellbeing.
The Wheel of Life is a tool that continues to prove popular in life coaching and self-help. It offers enormous insight into aspects of your being that are flourishing or struggling and helps guide you to the changes needed to remove barriers and move forward.
What Is the Wheel of Life?
The wheel of life is divided into 10 sections, each with a rating of 1-10. The headings can be changes to suit your particular lifestyle.
Download a PDF copy to complete the exercise.
The Wheel of Life is powerful because it gives you a vivid visual representation of the way your life is currently, compared with the way you’d ideally like it to be. It is called the “Wheel of Life” because each area of your life is mapped on a circle, like the spoke of a wheel.
The original idea behind the Wheel of Life came from industry pioneer Paul J. Meyer in the 1960s to help people realize their goals.
The Wheel of Life exercise is widely used and can be used effectively by the individual. It offers a practical and flexible tool to assess your needs and set goals aligned with your core values.
How to use The Wheel of Life
When you have your downloaded copy mark whatever you think your scores are for each of the areas. Join the dots.
For example you may mark:
Personal growth and learning 4
Money and finances 2
Career and work 4
Health and Fitness 4
Fun and recreation 5
Friends and Family 4
Partners and Love 2
The wheel you have marked will provide a snapshot of where your life is today, and where you are focusing your time and energy.
Your wheel will look something like the one above, except it will have your own scores. It will provide a snapshot of where your life is today and where you are focusing your time and energy.
Some of the scores may surprise you however don’t be discouraged, it is a starting point.
When you can see that your partner and love is on the scale of 2, and your community and environment scales are 7 and 8 it gives you an indication as to where you need to start. If you are in a relationship encourage your spouse to complete the exercise too.
The Wheel of Life is used widely with Health Professionals and Lifestyle Coaches. If you feel you need assistance to get started to set goals don’t hesitate to contact a professional.
Completing the Wheel of Life is not necessarily a one off exercise. After you have assessed your current situation and takes steps to move forward complete the exercise again. this will identify if you are on track and the strategies you have implemented are working for you.
I wish you well