The aspiration for happiness is the major driving force for every person. We want to be happy. There is nothing wrong with it. To reach inner harmony and to live a truly meaningful and fulfilled life one should fight the battle for himself on all battlefronts, tackling every single aspect of his life. So why do people fail to identify the ways of doing it effectively?
Partially the complication lies in the selection of the right tools. Many people who want to change their lives do not know where to go simply because they do not know what is their starting point. You will not be effective in improving your life if you do not understand which areas require improvement in the first place. You can only get to point B if you know where point A is.
The first step is always the identification of your status quo. You must detect the things that are not working inside you and in your life. I know, keeping all your thoughts about yourself and scrambling them inside your head feels overwhelming. So, stop keeping them inside. Let it all out. Dissect yourself.
I want to share with you a self-assessment tool which is very well-known among self-development junkies but still seems to be undiscovered by many people. The person who first came up with it was a genius. I do not know who he is and I certainly do not claim the authorship. I learned it from a friend.
It is called a Wheel of Life.
You wanted to know how to improve your life but didn’t know where to start? Let me show you. We are going to need a good old pencil and paper so go grab them.
So, what is the Wheel of Life? The Wheel of Life is a self-assessment tool that will help you to get a big picture of what is going on in your life. What you do is you draw a circle and divide it into 8 sectors like so:
Once you finished drawing the circle, here is what you do — self-assess each sector of your life by giving it a value on the scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being a “complete dissatisfaction” and 10 being “awesome”. Mark the value on each sector and shade the marked part. Be entirely honest with yourself and give yourself a precise assessment that reflects your satisfaction with every sector of your life. Draw the Wheel of Life as you keep reading this section as this step is crucial for further discussion and reading.
These are the eight sectors of your life:
In this sector you assess:
- The way you feel
- Appearance (how you look)
- Mobility (how much you move throughout the day)
- Daily promenades (how much time you spend on fresh air)
How satisfied and fulfilled are you with the quality of your primary relationships in life?
- Love (your partner)
Your physical environment includes your:
- Geographical location
- The political and economic situation in the country
- Secondary relationships (relatives, colleagues, acquaintances, neighbors, opponents, enemies)
How satisfied are you with the work you do for a living?
- Career strategy
- Time investment
- Social status
- Impact on the world
Are you happy with your financial situation?
- Income, expenses, savings
- Financial security, future perspectives
- Life conditions
6. Personal growth.
Do you have enough time for self-development? How satisfied are you with your personal growth?
- Education / Learning
- Qualification improvement
- Special skills training / Coaching
- Self-development / Self-improvement
7. Brightness of life.
What is the quality of the emotions you get from your life? What are the activities to make your life brighter?
8. Spiritual growth.
Do you have a religion? Do you dedicate enough time to grow spiritually? Do you express your spirituality in creativity? What do you believe in?
- Spiritual practices (meditations, prayers, chanting, etc.)
- System of beliefs
- Creativity (art, dancing, music, etc.)
Take your time and carefully finish your wheel of life. Pin the paper to the wall in the visible place. Let’s meditate on it.
Thank you for reading my book “Meditations of the Millennial”.
If you want to support me on my mission, please, share this book with someone you love. Maybe they will find what they seek on its pages.