Using a Wheel of Life not only allows you to see your current levels of fulfilment, but also gives you insights into how you can instantly transform your life with small actions. The Wheel of Life can be used once or often; you might use it at the beginning of a coaching relationship to ascertain areas you’d like to work on. I use it a few times a year and it’s nice to look back on them and see what’s different and what’s the same.
How to use the Wheel of Life
The middle of the circle counts as zero. The outer rim of the circle counts as 10. Label each section for an area of your life. I used “fun”, “health”, “money”, “work”, “friends”, “spirituality”, “family” and “romance” as my labels. Now ask yourself how fulfilled you feel for each section on a scale of 0 to 10, 0 being not fulfilled at all, 10 being completely fulfilled, and mark the segments accordingly. Here’s mine:
Now you can ask yourself some coach-ey questions:
- What do you notice about your wheel?
- Which segments, if any, share the same number?
- Pick a segment and ask what makes it that number and not the number below it?
- What would it be like if one segment increases by 1? How would it affect the others?
- Which section(s) affect(s) all the others?
- What other questions would you like to ask yourself?
I wrote my questions and answers down, and gave myself a self-coaching session by doing so. I came away with an instant action of phoning my Aunt, some insights into how mindfulness (which is my version of spirituality) affects all the other areas, and a reframe of my perception of interruptions at work, which felt inspiring and exciting.
What happens if an area of your life has a zero? Well, it depends… What might the zero mean to you? If you could change it, what would it be like? How does the zero benefit you?
You can use the Wheel of Life alone, with a coach, or with friends. As I sat to draw my Wheel of Life, my friend, Jane, arrived and I invited her to join me in the exercise. I asked her a few coach-ey questions once she’d drawn hers. Jane remarked on the process:
it’s very revealing and very quickly identifies areas of possibility and areas of life that need work. There are a lot of good things to work on. You can do this in 45 minutes and go away with a diagnosis and a prescription as well. It’s very powerful.
Although Jane had the benefit of my coaching experience, you can totally get some insights and actions doing the Wheel of Life alone. You can download a FREE blank Wheel of Life in PDF format here: wheel_of_life_blank. If you feel like sharing your Wheel of Life with me, I’d love to see it.
What’s your experience of using the Wheel of Life?