The Wheel of Life is a simple yet powerful tool used to assess all areas of your life at once to see which areas are aligned and functioning optimally and which areas need improvement. It is also known as the “life balance wheel”, “the coaching wheel” or “the life wheel”.
I was introduced to the Wheel of Life by a life coach who was helping me transition through many sudden mid-life changes… from married to divorced, from Residential Design and Construction Controller to Realtor, from mom to empty nester, from living in a large luxury home to living in a temporary two bedroom apartment. At times it felt like I was a plate spinner at the circus of life trying not to let any plates drop. Using the Wheel of Life tool, we managed my transitions by periodically examining what my next perfect life looked like in each area and where I currently was on that continuem.
There are typically eight areas on the Wheel of Life that are deemed integral to creating a balanced and fulfilling life. These areas are Health, Career, Finance/Money, Love/Partner, Fun & Recreation, Environment, Family and Friends, and Spirituality. By ranking each area from one to ten, you can examine how successful each facet of your lifestyle feels at the current moment. Once you rank and color in the score for each area like a piece of the life pie, you have a snap shot of the health of your current lifestyle.
As I became a successful Realtor, I noticed how every time I was working with clients, I would start to categorize their reasons for moving into the eight elements of the Wheel of Life. A job transfer fell under Career, welcoming a new baby fell under the Family category, purchasing an investment property for passive income fell under the Finance heading, and so on. After doing the client deep dive and listening to their conversations about what wasn’t working in their home, I found myself asking questions in each category to not only uncover problems to solve, but also to uncover unrecognized desires.
The Wheel of Life is not only about eliminating barriers to your perfect life, but it is also about living up to your full potential. Asking yourself… what would an 11 look like in each area. How am I not being authentic? If I could have, do and be anything, what would that look like? And then, how can I set up my lifestyle and home to support that vision.