What is the Wheel of Life?
The Wheel of Life is an extremely versatile coaching tool. It can be used to help any of your clients, immediately see how balanced (or unbalanced) their life is. If it’s new to you, you can get an idea of how it works by visiting WheelOfLife.io
You can use it to clarify priorities for goal-setting, to help with relationship issues, health issues, the list is endless.
It’s also a great tool to use regularly with your current clients. It gives them immediate feedback on how they’re progressing during the coaching process. It’s also a great homework exercise.
This wheel is split into eight areas. Each area can be customized with the sections that best meet the requirement of an individual client.
How to Use the Wheel of Life During Coaching
Everyone’s life is different. Clients will come to see you with different issues and problems. The great thing about using this tool is its versatility.
The idea behind it is to bring to the client’s awareness, how unbalanced their life is at the moment. This allows them to better understand which areas are the most, and least fulfilling for them. Which in turn makes it easier for them to find the right direction for their goals and aspirations.
A simple explanation of how to use the Life Wheel is given below.
Step One – Introduce the Wheel of Life to the Client
- Provide a printed copy of the Wheel of Life to the client.
- Explain that the Wheel of Life captures a ‘snapshot’ of how they feel about different areas of their life.
- Decide between you, on the best titles for each of the areas. Some examples are;
Money & Finance, Health, Fitness, Fun, Career, Family, Friends, Love, Environment, Growth, Community, etc.
They can choose whichever title seems to fit best for them.
Step Two – Score Each of the Areas
- Ask the client to score each area with a number between 1 and 10. 1 being very unsatisfied and 10 being fully satisfied.
- Draw a line across each area’s width, so you effectively have a new wheel on the inside.
- Then, explain that doing this provides an overview of the level of satisfaction in their life.
Step Three – Review the Completed Wheel of Life
Once the Wheel of Life has been completed, take a look at the shape of the new wheel and ask the client if they were in a car, whose wheels were this shape, how comfortable a ride would it be?
Ask the questions to open up a discussion on how best to increase their satisfaction. eg:
- When you look at the shape of your Life’s Wheel, how do you feel?
- What surprises you the most?
- Why did you give this score in area ‘X’?
- What would a score of 10 look and feel like in each of these areas?
- Which category would you most like to improve?
- How do you spend time in each area at the moment?
- What could you do, to improve the score in each area?
- What small steps could you take, that would give the highest impact?
- Could there be a single action that would improve more than one area?
Step Four – Identify Actions
- Identify a goal for each area that once completed, will change the client’s level of satisfaction in that area.
- When defining a goal – make sure it’s SMART. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound)
One of the biggest benefits of this exercise is it can be adapted to suit any issue or problem. Whatever the client wants help with, ask them to break that problem down into areas that have an effect on it. Then, use those areas as categories for their Wheel of Life.
By allowing them to decide on the important things, they naturally take ownership of the problem and of finding the solutions.
I use this exercise with every one of my Clients and it’s always popular.