Balancing “The Wheel of Life”

Recently I had the privilege of attending a coaching seminar presented by Mission Ignition with my husband, Matt. Our neighbor, and good friend Kip Kint is the founder of Mission Ignition so it was great to finally see what Kip teaches his coaching clients and get a sense of it. The emphasis was creating results while keeping life in balance. Part of the program was to diagram “The Wheel of Life.” Kip asked, “If your ride down the Road of Life seems a little bumpy, is it the road or is it your wheel?”

“The Wheel of Life” is broken into a pie with 8 slices:wheel-of-life.jpg
Family and Friends
Personal Growth
Fun and Recreation
Physical Environment

We were asked to plot on a graph and rank each section 1-10 (1 being poor, 10 being “it can’t get any better”). Then we were to see how balanced or imbalanced it was. My lowest area was “fun and recreation” actually, partly because for the past 7 months I’ve counted blogging as my “fun”…but really it’s not “fun and recreation” since I’m trying to build a business here, so it belongs in “business/career.” I’m also seriously lacking in exercise, unless you count laundry folding, snow shoveling or baby carrying as an exercise! My best categories were Friends/Family, Personal Growth, and Business/Career…the rest could use some attention!!

images.jpgToday’s Magic Wand: I challenge you to create a pie chart with the 8 slices and name them as we did, so each slice gets a different title. Then plot and number each slice with 1-10 and put a dot where you’re at, then as you complete the chart, you can color in each slice and see where you are at. It is very eye-opening and it’s a good time to recognize that if you put all of your energy in certain areas, your life will not be balanced or satisfying. We all know that a few work all-nighters or late-nights kill our health, likely hurts our relationships because we’re too tired to be patient and cheerful, and our physical environment suffers as well, because we likely haven’t paid attention to our dishes in awhile. Then we try and make up for the “late night” and spend the entire next day neglecting some other areas to recover. It’s a bad cycle that I’m trying to break. Perhaps I’m not alone in my quest.

As part of the seminar we were to make a goal in each section and set a date for when we would accomplish the task. As part of my “fun and recreation” I’m finally going to get my 100+ year old piano tuned so I can start playing it. And as part of my health goal, I’m finally going to get to a yoga class…I know that balance really is key and achievable, if you focus on each area daily or weekly as required. Best of luck with your goals too!

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