The Wheel of Life is a model that represents balance. It comprises of eight sections:

  1. Fun and Recreation
  2. Personal Growth
  3. Significant Other/Romance
  4. Physical Environment
  5. Career
  6. Money
  7. Health
  8. Friends and Family

Each spoke of the wheel is vital to a thriving quality of life. Any spoke that diminishes due to neglect will create a wobbly wheel. Therefore, you will be feeling that wobble in your life even if you are thriving in other areas.

Create your wheel of life

Right now, I want you to draw a circle, divide it into eight sections, and label them as above.

Take a moment to flesh out for yourself what each section means to you. For example, the physical environment can include home, office, and community (rural or urban).

Each section is usually divided up into more specific elements. Brainstorm all the meaningful aspects of each category.

Then, rate each section out of 10. 

In this rating system, 1 is the lowest rating and therefore needs a lot of attention, and a rating of 10 means you are fully satisfied. There are no identifiable tolerations in this area of your life to work on. You have reached all the goals you have for this area until further notice. This rating is very difficult to achieve, so don’t feel bad if there are no areas of your life that rate this high.

Something to remember

As a note, don’t get surprised if you have some highly rated areas of your life – and some very low ones. This naturally happens if you focus on ‘nailing it’ in some aspects of your life that are urgent or important. This is when we are at risk of abandoning attention to the other areas.

Your unique Wheel of Life

This of course leads me to remind you that every person’s wheel is highly unique and customized. We should personalize according to your highest values and needs (which we speak about next week).

As for the A-Type Personality readers sweating about their lopsided wheel, wheels are ever-changing and unfolding. Ideally, you would revisit your wheel several times a year. 

We advise following the seasons to make the necessary changes to conduct our lives based on our own cycles and rhythms. Clients often get discouraged by these inconsistencies in their attention to various aspects of their lives.

Why can’t I be a 10 in all areas all the time?

It seems like I’m back at square one.

Why am I here, again?

Concentric circles overlapping over time

I imagine our lives as patterns of behaviour/feelings/states of being that are concentric circles overlapping over time. In all our ways, we follow an every-unfolding (even eternal/infinite) pattern of cycles, repetitions, revisions and transformations.

We do not evolve in a straight line, and we never go backwards.

If we want to get into quantum physics, one could say our patterns have circular impacts that go in every direction over time (past, present, future). However, this is a vast and complex topic, so we will likely circle back to it in future blogs.

Until then, fill out your wheel and see where you are thriving and where you may need a little TLC. This is where yet another important concept begins to emerge: SMART goals.

If we are aiming for a balanced fulfilling Wheel of Life, we will need to set some goals to align the lower-scored spokes with our values and needs.

See how it all works together?

Kathlyn McHugh RCC, RSW Counselling Practice takes place at the Vitality Clinic in the West Shore Area, close to Victoria BC.

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