Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Your Wheel of Life

“The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.”

– Stephen Covey

The concept of the Wheel of Life is thousands of years old and is used in Buddhist teachings and represents areas of the universe.

In the 1960s, Paul J Meyer, founder of the Success Motivation Institute, created a tool using the Buddhist wheel as the inspiration.

The modern day Wheel of Life came into more prominence when the motivational speaker Zig Ziglar started using it and chose seven areas of life to focus on. This became the gold standard, and many successful people and businesses use it as the starting point for understanding themselves, their business, their strengths, challenges and gaps.

The wheel provides a visual representation, a helicopter view, of all areas of our lives.

All Parts of Our Lives

Matter Equally

The idea behind the Wheel of Life is that every part of you is equally important.

To be successful as a whole and truly achieve self-leadership mastery, clear and intentional goals in all areas of our lives is key.

Using the Wheel of Life helps us become more self-aware of how our focus and energy can impact all parts of our lives, which in turn creates motivation to make changes and create a fulfilling life.

It is a key piece of the puzzle in the growth to mastering self-leadership.

Understanding that when life becomes busy, our energy is focused in one area, on one project. We can find ourselves easily out of balance, not paying attention to all areas of our life.

This can lead to frustration and stress, with a ripple affect through all parts of our life.

For example, we don’t achieve our fitness goals each morning – we can’t stick to the habits we want to create. This leads us to feel bad and not trust ourselves – we let ourselves down, which impacts our ability to achieve self trust in other areas of our lives. So, letting down ourselves in one part of our lives affects us in all parts of our lives.

Focus and Direction

Once we have awareness, we become empowered, which in turn provides focus, direction, clear goals and priorities.

Goals provide practical steps we can follow to make our dreams become reality. We are laying out a clear outline of the steps we need to take, small steps, one by one, to achieve the outcome we have set as a priority. 

By setting goals in all parts of our lives, our wheel is balanced, moving effortless forward.

When we don’t have these clear goals in all parts of our lives and we are not achieving what we want, then our wheel becomes out of balance, bumpy. It requires a lot more energy to move forward. You may not be able to move the wheel forward at all.

You may become stuck, with a flat tyre, requiring a lot more energy to move.

In theory, this exercise seems super easy . However, each of us are strong in some areas and have challenges in others. So, we focus on some and ignore the others.

If you are a successful business owner, it’s easy to set business or career goals and achieve them every time. But spending time with your family? Maybe not so easy.

For others, being in a social event or networking is easy and enjoyable as they are naturally a people person. But you may be challenged when It comes to your financial success.

The challenge with this exercise is acknowledging what we do well and becoming aware of what we don’t. It can be quite lumpy or balanced when finished for the first time. It gives us a simple look at how efficient and effective our life is.

By looking at all the categories and understanding they are all connected, we can then consider how to find the balance. This forces us to look at ourselves from the outside in, see how we are currently living, and to think ahead to imagine what we want our lives to look like, move through our limits and expand and grow.


Your Turn

Let’s do another exercise together.

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Before you start, take a moment to ensure you are in a quiet spot on your own, and have the time to reflect on each category seriously.

Only by doing this, can you get an accurate view of your balance in life and the way you react to setbacks.

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Your Ideal Average Day


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