Welcome to your Wheel of Life:
The “Wheel Of Life” is an inspiring life & career coaching exercise. It’s ideal to do at a moment of transition, for example at the beginning of a new year or around a big birthday like 30, 40 or 50. Or at the start of a new season! Create some me-time and get motivated to make the New Year a good one. The “Wheel of Life” will give you a bird’s eye view of your life and a snapshot of your level of satisfaction with areas like career, money, relationships, and health. The “Wheel Of Life” will help you to look at these different areas and see where you are in balance and what areas might need more attention in the period ahead.
You can use the “Wheel Of Life” as a way of understanding what you want in your life, what you have to build upon, and where you want to focus your energy.
- Business, Career & Studies: Is your career where you want it to be? Are you heading in the right direction? Do you feel fulfilled by your job? What’s your true vocation?
- Finance & Wealth: Are you earning enough income to satisfy your current needs? Are you financially secure? How would you describe your relationship with money?
- Health & Fitness: How physically healthy are you? Are you satisfied with your level of fitness? Are you satisfied with your diet and weight? How do you relate to your own body?
- Social Life & Friendships & Support: Do you feel you have enough friends? Are your current friends supportive of you? Are you engaging friends and socializing to your satisfaction levels?
- Family: Is your family supportive of you? Are you supportive of your family? Do you have a wish for a family of your own? Or if you have one already, how do you perceive father/motherhood?
- Love & Romance: Do you feel loved? How often are you expressing love to others? Are you longing for a partner to share life with? How loving is your current relationship?
- Recreation, Relaxation & Fun: Are you enjoying your life and making it fun? Are you satisfied with the level of joyous activity that you do?
- Contribution: How would you rate your contribution to society & the world? Do you feel you are “giving enough back”? Are you helping others in the way you’d like?
- Personal Growth: How focused are you on personal development? Are you satisfied with your direction? Are you trying new experiences and seeking to learn?
- Spirituality / Religion: How connected are you to your inner world? Are you satisfied with your relationship with yourself as a spiritual being? How important is the divine, faith and spiritual practice to you?
- Confidence & Self-Esteem: Do you think of your abilities highly? Do you respect and love yourself? Do you appreciate and value yourself? How is your confidence and self-esteem?
- Other options: Sexuality & Sex, Body Image, Travel, Adventure, Home Environment, etc.
Draw a circle on a piece of paper and divide it into eight to ten segments as shown in the diagram on this page. Label each segment with all or some of the labels suggested above. Look at each area of the wheel and think about your level of satisfaction with that area of your life. The centre of the circle is zero (0) satisfaction. The outer circumference of the circle is ten (10) satisfaction – meaning you are totally satisfied with that area of your life. Place a dot on the approximate point in each wedge.
Once you have rated each area, the Wheel of Life shows you which areas of your life are out of balance. Those are the areas that you might want to address first while at the same time keeping an eye on maintaining and improving the areas that scored well.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Why did I score myself in each category the way I did?
- Where am I least satisfied and how did this come about?
- How much time do you spend in each area?
- How do I feel about my Wheel of Life?
- Which area of my life do I primarily want to focus on in order to feel happier? Make a Top Three of areas to prioritise.
- What do I need from myself and my environment in order to improve the areas of my Wheel of Life?
- What are the specific actions or steps that I would like to take to enhance my satisfaction in the chosen areas?
You will now want to make a plan of action. Write next to each segment your desired rate of satisfaction level (zero to ten). Pick one of the sections that you would most like to see change in and brainstorm 5-7 things that you could do today or tomorrow to start changing this area for the better.
Once you have this short list, choose one action, however small, and do it right away. This will help you to get momentum and move you in the right direction. Then take the rest of your list and prioritize your ideas. Decide what would be the most useful/effective thing to do next and set yourself a time-limit. Work through the different areas of the wheel, prioritising and mapping out your action plan as you go along.
There is a good chance that several inner or outer obstacles appear on your way to reach your goals. The ‘Inner Saboteur‘ sounds like a gremlin, telling you that you are not able to make it happen, growling a list of horrible things about you to prove it’s point. If you decide to have some coaching sessions, please mention this Inner Saboteur and we’ll master it together. Keep your “Wheel of Life” close by in a place that you can easily refer to on a daily basis. Be kind to yourself during the journey of reaching your goals.
Free Taster Session
If you’d like some support with finding ways to move forward towards a more desired situation, or if some healing is needed before the new can manifest, feel free to leave your details here. Life & Career Coach Karin Peeters will be in touch with you for a free introductory taster session to explore the benefits of coaching or psychotherapy sessions.
And a last piece of inspiration:
“The real value of success lies not in it’s destination, but in the amount of joy along the way”.
Source (as I have not invented the Wheel of Life myself, the credit goes to): startofhappiness.com & stressreliefmiracle.com & dilw.ie. Image with gratitude: dilw.ie