Often times people, as multidimensional beings that we are, feel that many aspects that make up our lives are not fully realized and that we want to improve ourselves, but we don’t know where to start.
That is why we will present in this article one of the most useful self-analysis tools, the wheel of life. Coming from the field of coaching allows you to have a greater awareness of the aspects to be improved in each person and to give a start to this process of self-realization. Let’s take a closer look at what it is and how to achieve it.
What is the wheel of life?
The wheel of life is a graphic tool from the field of coaching, which allows to have a greater awareness of the aspects that make up each one, what is the degree of perceived satisfaction of each of them and also to start the process. self-improvement process. visually, it allows to know if the vital needs or the desires of the person are in balance or not.
The one who developed this technique is Paul J. Meyer, one of the references in coaching, personal and professional development, known to be the founder of the Success Motivation Institute. Meyer was inspired for the development of this technique of the wheel of life of the Tibetan Buddhist religion.
Usefulness of this technique
The Meyer Life Wheel is a technique for self-analysis of the different areas that a person considers important in their life. Thanks to that, it helps to have a better awareness of how these vital needs and desires are being met or not in the present moment, in addition to allowing-compare with past moments and see if progress is being made.
essentially the advantages offered by this technique are the following:
- Identification of areas considered important to the person.
- Awareness of the degree of satisfaction with life.
- Lets know where to start to improve.
- Stimulates the launch of a process of change.
- It helps to be consistent, encouraging you to focus on the less satisfying aspect.
- This allows you to be aware of your progress.
- It can be applied both personally and professionally.
How to: Steps to Follow
Although the technique itself is easy to develop, a number of steps must be followed to ensure that the self-analysis is performed in the most satisfactory manner.
1. Represent the areas in a circle
First, the areas considered to be the most important must be represented of the person in a circle.
There are many pages on the internet where you can download a template with the wheel of life already created, as well as mobile apps that also have a virtual wheel. Another, more common and simple option is to draw a circle on a sheet of paper and manually write the names of each area outside of its circumference.
Each person is different and therefore can be considered a top domain in one or the other. This is why the number of zones and their names vary greatly.
However, the most common are: family, partner, health, friendship, work, study, economy and personal success.
2. Note every aspect
Once the number of areas considered to be fundamental in the person’s life has been selected, a score is assigned to it according to the degree of satisfaction perceived for each of them.
Usually scores range from 1, for nothing satisfied, to 10, totally satisfied. The lower the score, the closer the point will be to the center of the circle for that particular aspect.
A score of 8 to 10 means that you are very satisfied in the particular area. A 5 to 7 means that even if you are not very upset, improvement needs to be started. Less than 4 means we need to look for ways to improve them urgently.
3. Join the zones and analyze
Once the values have been assigned to each zone, they are joined by drawing a line and a geometric figure is drawn.
When the values given for each aspect have been joined, it will be possible to see what a person’s life is like, in broad strokes.
If the figure that has been drawn is more or less harmonic, similar to a circle, it means that there is a certain balance in the person’s life. On the other hand, if the number is irregular, with ups and downs, this indicates that some areas are less satisfied than others.
Needless to say, just because there is some harmony doesn’t mean the person feels satisfied. It is possible that in fact all aspects are so low that there is harmony as to his general dissatisfaction in his life.
4. Start the change
Once you have identified the points where you are least satisfied, it’s time to start improving.
First of all, it is important to ask yourself if you have been sincere or if you have exaggerated your dissatisfaction with this element. If you’ve been honest, you can keep improving. You don’t necessarily have to start with the one with the lowest score, although that’s a good place to start.
To achieve change, it is necessary to develop an improvement plan. It is very important to thoroughly meditate on how the chosen aspect will be improved, and any obstacles that may be encountered along the way should also be taken into account.
Brainstorming is extremely necessary at this stage, In addition to being able to consult the known means to find a balance in the short and long term. It is quite productive to select short term goals that are realistic but at the same time challenging, as they will make it easier for you to reach the end goal and help you stay focused and motivated.
To be aware of the progress that is being made, it is strongly recommended that you have a journal in which you write down everything that is achieved, in addition to devoting time each week to assessing the state of the situation in general.
Also, as a follow-up, it is advisable to carry out, after a certain time, a new wheel of life, compare how it was at the start of the process and how it is now.
What does each graph mean?
As we have already mentioned, each person is different and will therefore place more importance on different aspects compared to the rest of their peers, however, there are certain areas that generally appear on most wheels of life.
Below we’ll take a look at some of them, offering examples of questions that can help in the analysis of satisfaction, Both general and specific, of the person.
Is it generally cold? Do I have to take too much medicine? Do I need to exercise regularly? How many times have I been sick in the past month? Should I go see a doctor? Do i need psychological help?
Am I satisfied with my work? Is this what I wanted to be? Is there a chance they’ll lift me up? Am I working from what I have studied? What working options do I have?
Do I love my partner? Do I feel satisfied with this relationship? Does it satisfy me sexually? Am I enough for him? Is that enough for me? Is there still the same magic as at the beginning?
Who is my family? Do my parents, siblings and other blood relatives fit into my concept of close family? Are my closest friends my real family? What family dynamics am I exposed to? Does my family want me? Do I want my family?
Are my friends happy with me? What is a friend to me? Should I call someone a friend? Do I feel like they’re really my friends?
I like what I study? Am I worth what I study for? Am I really learning? Should I devote myself to something else?
7. Personal success
Do I feel comfortable with my life? Do I think better times will really come? Am I someone important in something? What can I offer the world?
Am I earning enough? Are you spending too much? Should I save more? How can I better manage my money? Do I need the help of a manager?
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- Zeus, P. and Skiffington, S. (2004). Practical “Coaching”: a complete guide to techniques and tools. McGraw-Hill, Inter-American from Spain.