One of my primary aims with this blog is to resource and equip you in your spiritual and personal development and growth.
So today I want to share with you a really useful tool called the Wheel of Life (also sometimes called the Life Balance Wheel). The Wheel of Life is a self-assessment tool that is often used in coaching. It is a great resource for personal and leadership development, and lays a foundation for good goal-setting.
I have personally used the Wheel of Life to set goals for personal development, as well as with various people I lead and mentor. How does the Wheel of Life connect with the spiritual journey? Our spiritual lives are integrated with all sorts of other areas of our lives. And if we are seeking to grow spiritually, it is wise for us to step back and do a more thorough assessment of all of the core components of our lives.
My 6 Simple Questions for Self-Reflection included a simple version of the Wheel of Life. Since then, many people have asked me for more details on how it can be used. I've been listening, and created a more in-depth exploration of the Wheel of Life tool.
Here you will find a tutorial on how to use the Wheel of Life for your own personal development, as well as free worksheets for you.
The Wheel of Life
The Wheel of Life is a great starting place for you to create balance, cultivate joy, and find fulfillment in your life. By using this tool, you will be able to reflect on how fulfilled and satisfied you are with the various areas of your life. Following this self-reflection, you can use this exercise to determine how balanced your life is, why your Wheel of Life looks the way it does, and what changes you want to make to your life. Ultimately, the purpose of the Wheel of Life is to identify how satisfied you are with your current life, and be able to determine ways to increase your joy and satisfaction.
Are you ready to use the Wheel of Life? I have a worksheet packet with instructions. Click HERE or the image below to download your free worksheets.
How to Use the Wheel of Life
You can create your own Wheel of Life with a pen and paper, or use the downloaded version I created for you. It should look like the image below: a circle, divided into 8 categories. Each section of the circle has a category representing a core area of your life. I used eight categories that made the most sense to me, but feel free to modify the categories so it fits YOUR life. Make sure the categories are meaningful to you.
For each section of your Wheel of Life, consider how fulfilled you are in that area. Draw a dot between the center of the circle and the outer circle to represent the amount you feel fulfilled in that area, with the center representing 0% and the outer edge representing 100%.
Here are some reflection questions to help you determine your level of fulfillment in each category:
Career & Money: Is your career where you want it to be? Are you headed in the direction you want to be going? How satisfied are you with your overall finances?
Home & Family: Is your home life and environment fulfilling? How connected and supported do you feel with your family?
Personal Growth: Are you satisfied with the direction you are going? Are you learning and growing in the way you want?
Hobbies & Creativity: Do you have activities that help you enjoy life and get energized? How satisfied are you with the level of leisure and fun that you do?
Life Purpose & Vision: How meaningful and purposeful does your life feel? Do you have a sense that your life has meaning and impact?
Relationships: How fulfilled do you feel with the different relationships in your life? Do you have friendships and a sense of community to the level that you want?
Spirituality: How satisfied are you with your connection with God? How fulfilled are you at the core of your soul?
Health & Wellbeing: How satisfying is your energy and health? Is your level of physical and mental health where you want them to be?
After you draw your dots for each category, connect each of the dots with a line to create a shape. Most likely it is a starburst. This shape represents your Wheel of Life.
Step 2: assess your Wheel of Life
Take a look at your Wheel, and reflect on it. You will notice some areas of life in which you are very fulfilled, and other areas in which you are less fulfilled. Withhold any judgement on yourself - just look at it and notice what you observe.
Take some time to answer these questions:
- What are your thoughts or insights?
- How do you feel about your life as you look at your wheel?
- What stands out the most for you?
- What areas of your life would you like to change?
This step is meant to bring your attention to the things you want to improve.
Step 3: determine the action steps you want to take
Now that you have a deeper sense of your Wheel of Life, you are in a position to take the action that you want.
Let's take a closer look at any area of the wheel that you want to change and increase fulfillment. In each of these areas, answer the following questions:
- What would it look like for this area to be a 10? What needs to happen to bring your number to a 10?
- What do you want to achieve in the next 30 days?
- What changes do you want to make in the next 30 days to increase your fulfillment and joy?
- What 2 or 3 action steps can you take this week to start creating the change you want to see?
Choose a few actions steps at a time to work on. You should make changes at your own pace.
You can also track your progress. Complete the Wheel of Life again in 6 months or so, and see what progress you have made.
The Wheel of Life is also a great tool for leaders and coaches. You can use this with people you're coaching, and have it be a starting point for goal-setting and growth.
How was the Wheel of Life tool for you? What action steps do you want to take this week to increase your joy and fulfillment? Please share in the comments.