The Wheel of Life is a great, powerful, and easy to use personal development tool to help you create and set meaningful goals in your life and address your overall health and well-being. This wheel incorporates self-assessment, personal reflection, and visualization on how to promote balance and explore how you are functioning in various areas in your life.
Draw your own Wheel of Life. Label each section with a life area.
Examples of life areas: Physical Health, Mental Health, Finances, Career, Emotional Well-Being, Intellect, Travel, Environment, Home Life, School, Education, Work, Self Care, Family Life, Relationships, Spirituality, Personal Growth, Diet, Recreation, etc…
Do whatever feels right for you. If you have trouble thinking of 8 areas, you can also do just 6. Just make sure each life area is meaningful so that you can create meaningful and purposeful goals.
Example of Wheel of Life:
Spend the time now to reflect on how fulfilled you are in each life area. Place a dot between the center and the outer edge of the wheel to indicate what % you feel fulfilled. The center of the circle is 0% and the outer edge represents 100% fulfillment. Use mindful intentions during the self-exploration phase to ensure the most accurate representation of your life balance.
As you decide where to draw your dot, consider reflecting on this soul searching questions or create your own to make it more meaningful, customized, and personalized.
Physical health – How’s your overall diet? Any changes you’d like to make to the way you eat? How do you feel during the day (tired, energetic, fatigued, etc)? How’s your quality of sleep? How often do you exercise?
Spirituality – How in tune are you with your beliefs? How closely connected do you feel to what you believe in?
Relationships – Do you have friends/family that you can talk to? How satisfied are you with the quality of relationships in your life? How often do you spend quality time with your loved ones? How easily do you connect with others?
Creativity – Do you have a creative outlet? Are you utilizing it? How satisfied are you with your creative abilities?
Career & Finances – How satisfied are you in your current career? Are you in your dream career? Or do you need to switch paths? How comfortable are you with your current financial status?
Personal Development – Are you actively working on your personal development? How well do you really know yourself? How satisfied are you with your personal growth lately?
Overall Life Vision – How happy are you with the direction your life is headed? How clear is your vision for your future? How satisfied are you with the steps that you’re taking towards that vision?
Emotional Well-being – How balanced do you feel emotionally? How aware are you of your emotions? How do you process/cope with your emotions?
Home Life – Am I comfortable in my home? Do I feel safe and secure? Does it feel balanced or hectic and chaotic? Is it clean and organized or messy?
Environment – How important is the environment and your setting to you? Is my environment energizing or draining? Is there ways I can improve my surroundings?
Self Care – How much of a priority is self-care in my life? What are ways I can attend to my self-care to help me feel more balanced? Am paying attention and addressing my needs? How can I incorporate and learn new self-care techniques? How can I ensure to practice self-care on a regular basis?
Once you have drawn a dot within each section, connect the dots together to form a circle. It is ok if the circle does not come out perfectly balanced.
Step 4: Create meaningful and purposeful goals to have a more balanced and evenly shaped wheel. Look at which areas of your life need more of your focus and how slight adjustments can help overall improve your health and well-being. You may want to start with the areas that display your strengths and then address the more challenging life areas if you find yourself getting overwhelmed. Don’t ignore your strengths, they are just as important if not more so than the weaknesses or areas of improvement.
The best way to create concrete and achievable goals is to make them SMART
S – Specific M- Measurable A- Attainable R- Relastic T-Time Based
Examples of SMART goals:
“ I will exercise for 30 minutes by running or biking 3x per week.”
“I will try a new form of exercise (i.e. yoga, pilates, zumba) once a month for one hour.”
“I stay hydrated, I will drink 8 cups of water daily.”
“I will pray every morning for 2 minutes.” Strengthen prayer life
“I will form relationships with others who have similar spiritual beliefs and meet with them regularly (weekly, monthly, annually).
“I will go away to a retreat this year for one week.”
“I will spend more time with close friends at least twice a month.”
“I will have a family dinner weekly.”
“I will make an effort to connect and talk to my support system once a week to provide and reach out for support.”
“I will paint every Sunday evening.”
“I will explore a new creative outlet every 6 months.”
“I will attend two events or find a community of people who are creative within the next 3 months.”
Career & Finances
“I will save 100 every paycheck for the next year.”
“I will go back to school or get a new certification within the next 6 months.”
“I will write in my journal for 15 minutes every day.”
“I will listen to an inspirational podcast twice a week.
“I will create a daily 5-minute meditation practice.”
“I will practice one self-care technique for at least 10 minutes daily.”
“I will create a self-care ritual and do it every night.”
“I will see my therapist every week.”
Follow through on the goals you have created. With time you can always go back to do this activity to track the progress you have made since the start. Note: always know that you can change and make adjustments throughout the process.