The Wheel of Life: a Report Card For Your Life
Updated: Feb 4
Remember back in the day when you would receive a report card from your school letting you know all the areas you were excelling at (and maybe a few where you weren't)?
As we grow up and start working, the report card becomes an evaluation where we sit across from our managers and are told how awesome we are at our jobs, where we need improvement, and - most importantly - what our salary increase will be for the upcoming cycle.
These are all well and good, but what they have in common is that they are reflecting other's perception of how we are doing in a small segment of our life.
What about how we feel we are doing in life overall?
This is where the wheel of life comes in.
The wheel of life is a go-to tool in the "self-improvement" world to help you get a clear understanding of how you see your life breaking down and how satisfied you are with each of these areas of your life.
Often, we feel like something is missing but we aren't quite sure what - this is a great exercise to get a birds-eye-view of your satisfaction (which you can then use to make adjustments to become even more satisfied and fulfilled).
If you are struggling with defining goals to work towards, is a good place to start and will ensure your goals are aligned with YOUR overall vision for an ideal life.
Each person is different and what is important to us is also different (shocking, I know). So in order to accommodate everyone's uniqueness, I have created a blank wheel of life worksheet you can download to fill out with what areas are most important to you in your life.
To help get your wheels spinning (pun absolutely intended), here are some common themes that you may want to incorporate:
None of these resonating with you? No problem, fill in the wheel with the most important themes in your life.
Once you determine which areas you will add to your wheel take one of your writing utensils and give yourself a rating for how you currently feel about this area of your life on a scale of 1-10 (1 being least satisfied, 10 being most satisfied)
NOTE: The closer to the center of the circle, the lower the rating, the closer to the circumference, the higher the rating.
Mark this off on the wheel by coloring in with one of your pens up to that point.
Once you have given all areas your current rating, take the other writing utensil you have and mark off where you want each section to be. (This means in an ideal world, what would this rating be. Be intentional, not everything has to be 100% amazing.)
Along with your rating, write out what it means to you to hit that score (ie - if you want your finances to be at an 8 what does that mean to you? does it mean you have fully paid off your house? does it mean you reach a certain salary at your job?
Compile a list for each of the areas. These are your current life goals.
Take a quick look back at where you are and where you want to be with each. Are you surprised with the results? Are they on par with what you were expecting to see? Are the goals you have written down ones you were already aware of?
While reviewing the goals, order them in terms of what will make you feel most happy and fulfilled.
These are the goals you should be prioritizing in your day-to-day life. Take the top one or two and come up with a plan for how to get to your ideal wheel score and hit those goals.
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