The wheel of life

When life is busy, or all our energy is sometimes focused in a particular area, it’s all too easy to find ourselves off balance, not paying enough attention to important areas of our life. While we need to have drive and focus if we’re going to get things done, taking this too far can lead to frustration and stress.

The Wheel of Life is a simple but powerful tool designed to help you get a graphical representation of the present balance between different areas regarding your personal life or organisation, and identify which will most benefit you by improving. Its typically been used in the context of “Life Coaching” but is equally relevant in all approaches to Coaching, especially at the start of a client relationship with clients who are facing enormous multiple pressures. It helps get people “into the helicopter” to take a step back and look at their lives as an overall entirety.

One of the great things about this approach is that you can use it to look at different areas of your life.You decide on your focus, for example your personal life or your business, and create your own headings to review.

The Wheel of Life example attached uses a typical overall 8 sections of your life; you score your sense of satisfaction for each category, with 0 being worst and 10 being best, and enter your score in the box adjacent to the relevant segment, or shade it in.

The Coaches role is then to work with the client what their scoring means, using the central metaphor of “if this wheel were a tyre on your car, how bumpy would the ride be?”