Here’s February’s part of how to create your breakthrough for 2012. In this article local author and personal life coach Dave Robson describes a powerful diagnostic tool you can use to highlight where you need to put most effort for change.
WHAT DOES YOUR LIFE LOOK LIKE
Due to the space available this article gives only a brief overview. For a much more detailed explanation with examples, see the book The Five Pillars of Happiness, chapter six. Alternatively, the key notes and diagrams can be viewed or downloaded free from www.thefivepillarsofhappiness.com
Wheel of Life
This is a brilliant tool to give you an immediate visual check on which areas of your life need work, and it helps you quickly evaluate which are the most urgent. It is also very useful for measuring progress and change. Here’s how it works:
The diagram or template below represents a wheel – the wheel of your life. It’s divided into twelve equal segments. Each segment has a label to represent an area of your life. If you don’t agree with one of the labels you can change it or delete it, and the segment too if you wish. Or you can introduce extra labelled segments to the wheel.
Before you start it’s important to write the date on it so you can do it again at regular three monthly intervals and compare the result with previous efforts to assess your progress.
Now imagine each segment divided across by ten equal divisions numbered with invisible numbers from 0 in the middle to 10 on the circumference.
WHEEL OF LIFE
1) Fill in your name and the date.
2) Go round the circle with a pen and consider each segment in turn, asking yourself how you feel (not what you think) about the subject represented by that segment at this moment, and give it a score from 0 – 10, where 0 is low and 10 is high. Now draw a line at the relevant point across the segment in question. For example, if you decided your finances were in a reasonable state and you felt a score of 5 would be about right, draw a line across the Finance segment about half way up, because 5 is approximately at the half way point. Do the same with every segment in the wheel and don’t feel badly if they vary wildly in their scores. That’s not unusual.
3) Now look at each segment in turn, especially the low scoring ones, and decide which ones you wish rated higher. The wheel highlights areas that require attention but bear in mind that if a sector gets a low score, that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to attend to it right now, or ever. It may not be the right time for it to take priority, but at the same time be careful you are not avoiding an uncomfortable issue. By the same token, don’t assume because a segment gets a high score that no further work is needed. Attention, awareness and action might be required to keep the score high. It is important to interpret what your wheel is showing you with a liberal application of common sense and honesty.
Note: Try to think as little as possible and put down spontaneous scores and answers that come from your intuitive gut feelings. Don’t edit or censor your responses. I strongly recommend downloading the notes and templates from my website.
For more information on Dave’s coaching work, please visit www.daverobsoncoaching.co.uk
For more information on Dave’s groundbreaking book, The Five Pillars of Happiness, or to buy a copy, please visit www.thefivepillarsofhappiness.com
Dave’s blog: www.weeklywordsofwisdom.wordpress.com