The Wheel of Life

on BLOG, Coaching 3 Gen, 2018

la ruota della vita

A New Year, new opportunities, new plans, new (old?) hopes ...

At the moment, I have detected on social media a lot of sarcasm and even hatred towards 2017, as if it were the year itself responsible for successes and failures, joys and sorrows, conquests and losses. But today I absolutely don't want to talk about how it's better to define the most ambitious professional goals and how they can be achieved; among other things, the web is full of indications and recipes.

Instead, I want to write about balance, starting from the personal consideration that, if on January 1st 2019 I could summarize the year just ended with the adjective "balanced", I'd be very satisfied. Also because – I have learned or, at least, it seems to me – if one manages to keep a minimum of balance in successes, in enthusiasm and also in the indispensable and imponderable adversities, grief and illness, one remains more intact and suffers less.

A tool that I always use in the very first career coaching sessions is the "Wheel of Life", graphically represented by this drawing:

Ruota della Vita

Initially, I invite the coachee to give a score of 1 to 10 at his current level of satisfaction with respect to each of the eight areas indicated in the chart, which represent a way to describe the whole life. If he wishes, he can substitute one or more categories with others, considered most appropriate.

Responding calmly and spontaneously, he can trace a snapshot of his current life, without thinking of the past and of the desired future and, above all, avoiding any judgment.

Then, by combining the various scores, according to the scale indicated, the coachee can begin to reflect on his graph, observing both his Wheel of Life's regularity and dimensions. Often, just a glance is enough to be struck by certain asymmetries and to realize the existence of a specific point, on which a small effort can give significant results on the whole profile of the wheel.

I invite you to do the exercise. Then, taking into consideration two or at most three areas of your wheel that you consider to be a priority, answer some of the following questions:

  • How does your "Wheel of Life" seem to you?
  • Does its width satisfy you?
  • Do you notice dips or asymmetries?
  • What does your profile tell you?
  • In which area do you want to improve?
  • What is missing?
  • How can you improve?
  • What actions will you do?
  • When?
  • What barriers do you see?
  • Who or what can help you?
  • How will you overcome them?
  • Who will verify your improvement?

Happy New Year!






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