Would you like to improve the important areas of your life to achieve a sense of fulfillment, happiness, and joy?
One simple place to start is with the Wheel of Life. This simple, but powerful tool will help you identify the areas of your life that need attention. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
How To Complete The Wheel
Decide what areas of your life you would like to evaluate. The sample wheel list 8 areas: Career, Family/Friends; Significant Other/Romance; Fun and Recreation; Health; Money; Personal Growth; Physical Environment. (Other sample headings are below.)
There is no wrong or right areas that you need to include. Just think about the 8 most important areas of your life.
Score each area on a scale of 1 to 10 depending on just how satisfied you feel about that area of your life. A score of 1 is about as unhappy as you can be whereas a 10 is most happy. Be completely honest with yourself so that you can identify the areas most needing attention and set goals to improve the key areas of your life.
After scoring each area draw a new perimeter representing your own Wheel of Life. If this were a real wheel, how bumpy would the ride be? Is your life out of balance?
Here’s an example:
Click here for a blank wheel to use for yourself. You can create any headings that represent what’s important to you in your life today.
Here are some suggested sample headings and descriptions. Select 8 for your wheel.
MONEY/FINANCES: This is not about how much you have but rather how you relate to money. There are some very wealthy people who worry themselves sick about money and would score very low, whereas others with just enough money to get by are very happy. A 10 is someone totally at ease with money whereas a 1 is someone so worried about money that it is creating huge stress and limiting them in all their actions.
CAREER: How would you score your happiness with your career. We spend a lot of hours working on our careers, how fulfilled are you? Does your career excite you? Are you making a difference? Do you know what you want to achieve. A score of 1 means you feel physically sick arriving at work. A score of 10 means you love your work and feel very fulfilled with your career.
HEALTH: How is your physical health? Are you happy with the way you look and feel? Do you eat properly? Do you exercise regularly? Even if you have a long term illness, it may not represent a low score. The important point is that you are doing everything you can to improve your health.
PERSONAL GROWTH: Are you committed to continually learning and improving yourself? Do you regularly read books and/or articles to help you learn and grow? Do you seek out new experiences and opportunities? Do you stretch yourself and seek improvement? (The fact that you are involved in this Wheel of Life exercise shows that you have a desire for growth.)
FAMILY: For most people, a healthy, happy family life is important. How loving, caring, and supportive is your family environment? You might relate this to your single family unit or to your extended family. It’s up to you.
SIGNIFICANT OTHER/ROMANCE: For some this is about a boyfriend or girlfriend. For others this is about a spouse. How would you score the happiness and meaningfulness of your relationship with your significant other(s)?
SOCIAL LIFE: How well do you interact with others and how often do you socialize? Do you have good friendships? How comfortable are you in social settings?
ATTITUDE: How is your attitude toward life? Are you optimistic or pessimistic? What do others say about you in this area? Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? Do you constantly express gratitude for the good things in your life or are you most complaining? Do you think your attitude is attracting good stuff or bad stuff into your life?
FUN AND RECREATION: Do you constantly work all the time or do you take time for fun and recreation? What do others say about you in this area? When’s the last time you had fun? Do you regularly laugh and do fun things? Do you have a hobby that you love? Do you play enough?
PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT: Do you love where you live? Is your home clean and uncluttered? Are you proud of your physical environment or do you dread it? Do you live in a community that you love? How strong is your desire to move? Does your physical environment need an upgrade? (If you are a hoarder, that would need a score of 1)
CONTRIBUTION/SPIRITUALITY: Do you know the purpose for your life? Is the life you are living giving you a sense of significance and meaningfulness? Are you making a difference in your world? How much of a contribution are you making?
Once you have completed your Wheel of Life, work with your coach to address each important area. Put today’s date on this exercise and repeat the exercise 6 months from now to see your progress.