How To Use The Wheel of Life In Your Life

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The Wheel of Life

The Wheel is a simple but powerful tool designed to help you get a graphical representation of the present balance between different areas regarding your life and identify which will most benefit you by improving those areas.

It’s a tool in the toolbox for personal development that has been around for over a thousand years, and it is now taught all over the world in weight loss programs, hospitals and clinics, self development programs and finding a more balanced life.

Find Your Balance
- Ever feel burnt out?
- Like you have no time for certain things in your life?
- Like something just needs to change?

Out Of Balance
- It's normal to feel off-balance sometimes, but you might not know where it's coming from.
You just know you feel tired all the time and you keep saying things like "I'm so busy" or " I just don't have the time".
Use this artical to help find you a more balanced lifestyle.

This one is the oldest example, one of many Buddhist wheels of life.

The wheel model or symbol is said to have been used by the Buddha as a tool to teach his students his lessons of enlightenment. 

This one represents Buddha’s eightfold path.

The “Wheel of Life” was a very important discovery for me, as most of my life has been a rollercoaster of a ride and I wanted to find a bit of a balance in my life, so I could change and start to understand myself and my world clearer.

This has been a useful tool when my life was in a turmoil, such as suffering from workaholism, getting burned out, not sharing time with family and friends or generally being unsatisfied with everything and was not sure why.

It’s been very effective in helping people to become more effective and satisfied with their life even if they are not burned out or confused with life.

The idea is to identify the areas, dimensions or aspects of your life and arrange them as areas or spokes around a wheel. the circle represents your life, the whole of you.

The idea is to identify the areas, dimensions or aspects of your life and arrange them as areas or spokes around a wheel. the circle represents your life, the whole of you.

The pieces of the pie, or spokes, are the parts of your life: the areas, roles, or aspects of the whole. You assess those aspects and create a graphic like the one here to see how balanced your life is.

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The eight sections in

the Wheel of Life

The Wheel of Life represent different aspects of your life.

Seeing the center of the wheel as 1 and the outer edges as 10, rank your level of satisfaction with each life area by filling in that piece of the pie to your perceived level.

You can use the 8 categories in this sample or determine the 6 to 12 most important categories in your life and create your own wheel.

Use the following questions to help you determine how you would rate each life area on a scale of 1 to 10.

- Is my job rewarding?
- Does it reflect my values?
- Do I have an opportunity for advancement?
- Do I earn enough and live within my means?
- Do I save enough?
- Am I planning for financial freedom?
- Am I generally fit and well?
- Do I eat healthily?
- Do I exercise regularly?
Significant other/Romance:
- Do I have/want a soul mate?
- Do we share values and intimacy?
- Am I nurturing the relationship we have with each other?
Friends and Family:
- Do I have/want a close circle of friends?
- Do I spend enough time with family and friends?
- Do I value the relationship we have with each other?
Personal Growth:
- Am I continually learning new things?
- Do I enjoy new opportunities for growth?
- Are the things I do growing me as a person?
Fun and Recreation:
- Do I have fun often?
- Do I know how to relax?
- Do I enjoy sports or have hobbies?
Physical Environment:
Do I like the area in which I live?
Is my home comfortable, tidy and warm?
Do I keep my appearance smart?
Is my car serviced and reliable?

Interpreting Your Wheel

If this were a real wheel, how bumpy would your ride be?

What you are aiming for with your completed wheel is to have all segments scored evenly (or close), above 7 and as near 10 as possible.

If you have any particularly low scores you will want to make those areas of your life a priority.

However, it’s not always cut and dry.

It is necessary to investigate how they may interact with each other in order to identify the area to address first.

For example, Fun & Recreation scored low could be tied to a low score regarding Money.

Not having sufficient money could mean that a person may be unable to go out or engage in
recreation that has an appreciable cost associated with it, which can lead to a low level of morale and lack of desire to have fun.

A low score for Money could also be tied to the low score for career, though it may be that money is low due to poor financial management.

The purpose here is to determine if a low score in one category is the result of other factors.
Improvement in one area will have an impact on other areas as well.

At the same time, making changes in one area may have temporary or long term impact on other areas.

However, in the above example, a career change may help in the career, money and fun categories. 

Yet, at the same time, depending on the situation it could decrease time for fun or family or your significant other.

Questions to Determine Goals

Now that you can see what areas of your life would be good coaching topics, use the following
questions to dig deeper and uncover your desired outcomes and what you can do to improve your balance.

• Have you ever been higher than the number you have recorded?
• What was actually happening when you were higher up the scale?
• Have you ever been lower than the number you have recorded?
• What did you do to move up the scale?
• What have you learnt from previously being lower on the scale?
• What number on the scale do you want to be?
• What exactly do you want?
• What actions can you take to start moving up the scale?
• What will you be like when you have achieved this?
• What will be the impact of achieving this on other areas of your life?
• How will achieving this affect others close to you?
• What will achieving this bring you that you want?
• What will achieving this bring you that you don't want?
• What skills do you already have that will assist you in achieving this?
• What skills do you want to gain that will assist you in achieving this?
• Where can you learn these skills?
• What other options do you have?
• What would need to happen for you to move up one point on the scale by this time next week?

Use the answers to these questions to develop your plan and action steps.

Thank you for reading this article on "How To Use The Wheel of Life In Your Life"
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I wish you good luck on your journey.
I hope its contents have been a good help to you so this year can be your best year at achieving your goals and ambitions.

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