The first key message is to aim to achieve a balanced life and not concentrate on one aspect at the detriment of another. Michael Heppell suggests using a Wheel of Life as a measure of balance, but as a measure to show progress in your development.
I have previously done a similar exercise as part of a management diploma course. I asked people to score my skills against the company’s core competencies at the start and end of the course. I found it a useful visual tool to highlight weaker areas and to show where I had developed during the course.
My current wheel of life is:
It is fairly clear that I need to work on relationships, contributions and vision. However the good thing is that I had already subconsciously selected these as attention areas; but it is good to have my thoughts confirmed.
Relationships – I’m good at making close acquaintances, but not really going further. However I’m already progressing on this by making more effort to meet up with friends
Contribution – it is on my task list to find out if I can use my spare material and wool to make items for hospitals
Vision – this exercise is just one step in my aim to discover what I want