Today I am continuing our look at personal values by beginning to put them into context with the rest of your life. There will be a few posts to follow on this subject as it is such a great start to creating a conscious life.
Over the past few weeks, you will hopefully have made the time alone to reflect on the important things in your life. You may have looked at the list of items that resonate with you and the values that they represent. You could be aware of where your values clash and the pressure points that may cause you pain.
You are making a really good start to creating a conscious life.
Today I am going to take you through a really good coaching tool called The Wheel of Life. This can help you to chunk down your life into manageable parts so you can look at each section in time. I look at my Wheel every month and see how the sections are changing positively and negatively, and think about what I can do about this.
Firstly, I’d like you to draw an image of a circle on a piece of paper and draw lines which split it into 10. You can draw it in Excel or Word if you prefer a more formal look.
For each slice, I’d like you to name a category. I use the following but you can choose words which resonate with you.
- Personal development
- Personal finance
- Personal environment – home and work
- Health and fitness
- Giving Back/Community/Charity
- Rest and relaxation.
How does it feel to segment your life in this way?
Are there sections that make your heart soar?
Perhaps there are parts that make it sink? What is it about this part that makes you feel so negatively?
I would like you to choose a number that represents where you feel you are in each segment of your life,
For example, in the Personal Development section, you would love to read more personal development books but just don’t have the time. You are passionate about changing and improving yourself so , instead of reading, you watch one 10-minute personal development Youtube video a week whilst writing your emails.
For this, I would mark the Personal Development section as a 5. You have the drive and interest but struggle to do the things you would like to and you are distracted whilst watching the video. There’s a lot of room for improvement but you’re not in a dreadful situation of a 1 or a 2.
So go through each section and give yourself a mark out of ten. You can take your time over this and do it over the course of a week. That way you really immerse yourself in how you are feeling about each section, and that can help you to create a good starting point.
If you get stuck, email me and I will help you to find the number that resonates.
I won’t be writing to you next Sunday so you will have a couple of weeks to complete this. You can make the wheel as pretty or as functional as you like. If you are a creative soul, you may like to hand-draw and add images so that you want to spend time with the Wheel. This is why it’s such a great tool, it suits everyone. So enjoy your fortnight of looking at your life and I’ll catch up again soon.
Image and further instruction about how to draw the Wheel of Life in Excel, courtesy of www.homeandlearn.co.uk