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Life is busy and especially so for moms. Most of the time we’re just trying to make it through the day. However, it’s important to take a step back to evaluate where we are at and decide where we want to go. This is necessary for setting the direction and being intentional about the life we want to have. Sometimes it’s difficult to think about all of life’s priorities in context with one another and Zig-Zigler’s Wheel of Life exercise is the perfect assessment tool. In six simple steps you’ll have an excellent idea of where you’re at and what areas of your life could use some attention.
Step 1: Print
Step 2: Revise
Edit the categories. If these 8 categories don’t accurately represent the facets of your life, feel free to edit the labels. (Passion is purposely generic so that it can represent your career, side-hustle, hobby, etc.)
Step 3: Define
Define success for each category in the Wheel of Life. Make a quick note by each category of what level 10 ultimate success look like for you; what will you have done, seen, heard, felt, etc.? For example, a level 10 health for me would be eating nutritious whole foods, regular exercise, and daily magical mama mornings. Don’t worry about being uber specific right now; we’ll get to that later 😉
Step 4: Evaluate
What does your life look like right now? Don’t overthink it, just start at any section on the circle. Then mark the line for your initial reaction as to how your life currently feels in that area. One is highly dissatisfied, and a 10 is the absolute best (as you defined it in step 3). When you have done an evaluation for each area, color in the center of your (likely uneven) circle. This makes the graphic easier to see. If you want to get fancy, you can color each slice of the pie.
Step 5: Analyze
What does your circle look like? Are what you think your priorities are matching what the wheel reflects that your priorities are? Does the circle look the way you want it to? Is your passion a 10 because you own your own business and you love the work you do, but your marriage is a 2? This exercise gives you a quick and easy evaluation of what’s going well and what could be improved.
Step 6: Prioritize
Put each category in priority order by ordering them 1-8. Put the number next to the category and circle it. Some categories may be a foundation for improvements in another category, so they should be a higher priority. Do you have the highest ratings for the categories at the top of your priority list? If more effort is required to get an area to where you want to be, focus on the highest priority area first.
The first step to achieving your goals is to know exactly where you are at. The Wheel of Life assessment enables you to stand next to the big “YOU ARE HERE” sign. Now that you know exactly where you are and have a good idea of where you want to go, you can you be resourceful and creative to close the gap!