People (myself included) often talk about how certain areas of their lives aren’t getting as much attention as others, dare I say they are out of balance - although as I remind myself often, balance is BS. I mean really who wants to sit on a perfectly balanced teeter-totter. Boring! But seriously, the next time you feel like EVERY part of your life is perfectly in balance call me and tell me EXACTLY how you did it.
Here’s how I see it:
Let’s imagine that this wheel represents your life and it includes a wedge for all of the important areas.
Now imagine that it’s laying face up and has a rounded bottom like a top. There is some water in this wheel, about enough to fill anywhere from a quarter to half of it. That water represents your energy and attention and the more that you take care of yourself the more water you have to go around. Since life is constantly changing, this wheel is in constant motion and the water will always be filling the wedges differently.
The cool thing is that most of the time we are the ones deciding where the water is going to flow. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded about our options.
Let’s circle (that was totally unintentional) back to the wheel and choose a number for each category based on our satisfaction in each area. This way we can get a really clear picture of the current areas that are getting a lot of our energy and the areas that could use some attention. The goal isn’t to bump everything up to a 10 (remember we don’t have enough water to fill the entire wheel) but we can bump a 5 up to a 6. Even that one notch up will give you a sense of accomplishment and inner peace. Choose something simple and immediate that you can do today. Remember we aren’t looking to judge how much money we have, for example, but rather our satisfaction with money in our lives. So, maybe reading an article about opening a Roth IRA might put your mind at ease or starting a spending diary so you could see where your money goes in a given week might have the same effect. Think small yet empowering.
This practice isn’t about the product, it’s about the process.
I encourage you to download the Wheel of Life by clicking on the image above so that you can start using it as a reminder of the different areas of your life that might need a bit of "water".
In the comments below I’d love to hear about the area that you’re choosing to bump up a notch today and what you plan to do in order to feel more satisfied. Imagine how great it would feel to know that the one thing you decide to do could inspire someone else to take action that they might not have otherwise taken.
I dare you to choose something that feels new, creative, and maybe even a little wild.