Using the Wheel of Life for Goal Setting – Part I
12/1/2015 Update: You can access all of my goal-setting materials in the form of a workbook here.
To create the life of your dreams, you need to set goals. It’s never too late or too early to start. As I write this, it is the middle of October, which means that there are just over 2 months until a new year of opportunity begins.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. – Henry David Thoreau
In order to set great goals, it’s important to have a clear understanding of where you are right now.
Using the Wheel of Life is a simple way to do an honest self-assessment.
You can get a free printable version of the worksheet below.
In Part I of this exercise, I am going to help you look at the 4 categories on the top half of the wheel. The 4 categories on the bottom half of the wheel will be examined in Part II.
In each section, rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10.
1 = oops. I never even thought of this.
10 = I could never improve because I’m already perfect.
The only person you cheat by not being honest is you. Print out your free copy of the Wheel of Life Worksheet. Grab a marker, pen or crayon to fill in your scores. Let’s begin!
- Health and Wellness refer to your physical and emotional health. Look at your fitness, diet, and overall health. Also, assess your mental health, self-worth, and emotional state.
- Personal Development refers to the activities that help you to learn and grow. We should never expect that when we graduate our learning is done.
- Spirituality can be confused with religion. Spirituality is much bigger than that. I once heard spirituality explained as our “search for wholeness.” It is our contentedness.
- How do you feel about your spiritual connection to God, nature, and others?
- Do you feel that your mind, body, and spirit are connected as one?
- Do you feel a connection to something bigger than yourself?
- Relationships & Family – In this section, we are talking about your significant other and immediate family. Your spouse, partner, children, or anyone that is a part of your daily life. We’ll explore our friends and family in Part II.
- How would you describe your relationship with your significant other?
- Are those closest to you supportive in your efforts to become your best self?
- What is the quality of communication with these loved ones?
- What could you change to improve the relationship with your family?
I hope this exercise was helpful in identifying areas of focus for setting goals. There are many components to creating a full life and it’s important to consider each piece.
Be sure to check back on Friday for Part II.
What did you learn about yourself through this exercise? What areas do you need to focus more of your effort? Share with us in the comments below.
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