The Wheel of Life

Roll Smoothly to Create a
Happy, Balanced, Successful Life

The Wheel of Life is a common and important self-assessment tool used by life coaches. It helps you look into your life and figure out what areas might be out of balance and prevent you from rolling smoothly through the changes in your life. It is a tool to help you create positive changes and be feel even more happy, balanced, and successful than you already are!

Most versions of the wheel have 8 spokes, but just as every person is a very different individual, every person's wheel may have different spokes that are important to them. Some of the common spokes are listed below.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Family and Friends
  • Career
  • Finance
  • Significant Other/Partner
  • Environment ("your world" not "the world")
  • Personal Growth and Development
  • Fun, Recreation, Enjoyment
  • Spirituality
  • Dreams and Aspirations
  • Community Involvement
  • Relationships
  • Education

Your Unique Wheel of Life

So here is a sample of a wheel of life. Draw a copy of your own, unique life wheel (in your journal if you have one) and label the spokes. Most wheels have 8 to 10 spokes. I encourage you to customize the spoke-labels for the various life areas to fit your "who."

Do you have it drawn? Okay, imagine your "who" as the axle of the wheel. Then starting right at the edge of your axle and working to the rim, put little notches on the spokes from 1 to 10.

Now, think about your level of satisfaction with each area of your life. Imagine that the rim is a "perfect 10!" If you rank a spoke in your wheel as a 10, you are completely satisfied and fulfilled in that area of your life.

It follows that if you rank an area as a 7 or a 3, you perceive yourself as less and less satisfied with that area.

Now for a really interesting part of the exercise. Imagine a new rim for the wheel where all the spokes are connected at the level of satisfaction you identified. So ... how smoothly will your wheel roll for you? Is it a smooth or bumpy ride? Probably somewhere in-between!

Creating your wheel in a journal is really valuable because you'll be able to look back in your timeline to see how much more smoothly your wheel has begun to roll as you make positive changes in your life.

Contact me to let me know how your wheel looks, how the ride feels! Perhaps I can help you smoothen out the ride with a little bit of life coaching.

Strengthen Your Wheel of Life! By the way, the idea is NOT to focus on those "negatives" in areas that are out of balance. you won't create the positive change you want. You won't smooth out a thing that way. The idea is to identify those areas, really notice them .... that will help you become conscious of what might be your way. Become conscious of internal things like your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Those internal things lead to external things like your actions! And you can make conscious choices about all that when you are aware.

The wheel of life will also help you look at external circumstances and how you might be able to change them!

With my help (in fact, with the help of most any good life coach) you'll focus on what is right in your life, what is most resourceful about you - your strengths, values, experiences, and passions. You'll become more conscious of those resourceful attributes of your who and build upon them!

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