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Balancing Your Steering Wheel of Life

Balance. When you see that word, what comes to your mind?  For some, they may feel comfort, peace and in control.  For others, they may feel fear, uncertainty and even a bit anxious.   At eMerge, your Steering Wheel represents the balance in your life.  Your Wheel of Life is the ultimate control mechanism. With it, you steer your life in whatever direction you want to go.  And like any driver of any vehicle, you want to maintain control at all times, under all circumstances. Your job as the driver is to be proactive, not reactive.

Life happens. Unexpected situations or people pop up and can easily throw your life out of balance. If you have a firm grip on your Wheel of Life, you can steer your life back on course. The Wheel of Life helps you examine where you’re spending your time and energy and if you’re mind, body and soul are in balance. This is a powerful tool because it gives you a visual representation of the way your life is currently driven.

If the needs of others come before your own, it’s going to show up on your Wheel of Life. If you’re not honoring your mind, body or spirit, you’ll more than likely suffer from depression, anxiety, burnout or loss of health.

The Wheel of Life Assessment

The Wheel of Life:

____Creativity

____Finances

____Learning/Education

____Spirituality

____Family/Home

____Relationships

____Social Life

____ Personal Growth

____ Health/body/exercise/sleep

____ Career/work

5 Points:

I am totally happy, fulfilled, enthusiastic, and in control of this area of my life.

4 Points:

I am content, pleased, and somewhat happy in this area, though not totally fulfilled. I know there is still some work to be done.

3 Points:

I am pro-actively working on this area in my life.

2 Points:

I am able to identify my needs and I am willing and able to make changes in order to obtain balance in this area.

1 Point:

Not satisfied. This area needs work and attention immediately.

Some examples of life out-of-balance…

Your career/work is strong and your income is healthy, yet you do not have time to enjoy it.

You are too occupied with your activities and do not have time for a social life.

Children and household obligations take all your attention and you are ignoring your own health and well-being.

You have money and career security, but do not have the self-esteem to keep a healthy romantic relationship.

Work, family and outside obligations keep you so busy, you do not have the energy or time for hobbies or recreation.

Take a look at your Wheel of Life.

What’s important to you now?

Where can you devote less time?

Where are the gaps?

What areas need more attention?

What’s zapping your energy?

Where can you redirect your time and energy?

Evaluate whether you’re spending your energy where it’s most important to you, your life and your journey.  We all have a limited amount of time and energy, so you may need to make choices and compromise. Remember, balancing your wheel of life is not a one shot deal, it needs to be done each and every day. You are behind the wheel and you are in control of where you steer your life each day.  Understand that demands on your time will change as your schedule and circumstances change.  Balance does not mean doing everything.   Rank your priorities and set boundaries along the way.  Be firm with your choices and keep your eyes on your goal.

If you don’t like what you see, start incorporating some changes. Build some “me” time into your day. Devote time to nurturing your mind, body and soul. Start moving toward your destination.

In 30 days, reevaluate your Wheel of Life and see if you notice a difference.

 

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