Balancing the Wheel of Life
The truth is that when you are living with intent, you choose to take action in each area of your life. These small actions compound and cannot help but make improvements in other areas of your life.
For example, if you set a financial goal to pay off your student loans, not only will you improve your finances, but every other area as well. Paying off your loans could improve your physical environment by giving you the ability to move from an apartment to a house. Your health will improve since eating out and happy hour will no longer in the budget. And you will pursue your passion, improving your career, since you are no longer bound by golden handcuffs.
The Wheel of Life is a personal development tool that I have traced back to the great Zig Ziglar. The idea is to use the tool as a self-assessment to identify where you need to focus your attention. It’s also a great way to benchmark your personal growth.
I have adapted the wheel to be a more complete reflection of our lives in the modern world. A modern world where our community involvement and volunteer efforts can contribute to our career fulfillment. A world where our social life often is tied to hobbies and recreation.
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The first time I completed the wheel of life was in 2011. My results were uninspiring. I scored myself at or below 5 in Social and Hobbies, Health and Wellness, and Spiritual. My wheel was not just out of balance, I had a flat tire!
More than 4 years later, every category has improved. I’m not a 10 in any category and I imagine that I never will be. That’s the thing about personal development, you can keep getting better until your final day on earth. As you journey through life, you will have ups and downs. The key is to be aware, honest and willing to take action.
It’s important to remember that life is made up of so much more than our careers. Since the beginning of time, human beings have had complex needs and desires. When we are planning our lives, it’s important that we look at the full picture.
What areas of your life do you need to create more balance?
When have you made improvements in one area that ended up impacting another area?
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