7 Steps to Establishing Life Balance (Part 1)
The life wheel is a tool that has really helped me. It divides your life down into general categories. I use it personally and with clients nearly every day. I’m either moving towards life balance or away from it, and the life wheel tells me which direction I’m heading.
Sure there are times when lacking balance is expected (e.g. the addition of a new child to the family, starting a new business, etc.), but these are temporary. Problems come when living without balance becomes a habit.
Here are the steps necessary to use the life wheel to live a balanced life.
Step 1: Decide Your Legacy
Decide how you want to be remembered in each area of your life. After you pass away, what will people say about you? Basically, I am asking you to think about what people would say about you during the eulogy at your funeral. Be specific. Stretch yourself. Few people think this through.
Here is an example of how I have used the life wheel to think through the legacy I want to leave. These are things I hope people will say about me.
Spiritual: His connection to God is why he had hope and courage in tough circumstances. He was extremely encouraging. He believed in the power of prayer and community. He knew that God made him for a positive purpose.
Family: He loved his family and was positive, encouraging, and fun. He was a loyal and loving husband, dad, brother, uncle, friend and son. He had friends that were like family.
Health & Self-Care: He took excellent care of his physical health through consistent exercise and a healthy diet. He believed in the power of delayed gratification.
Intellectual: Learning each day was part of his lifestyle and kept his mind healthy. He loved to read and filled his time with great content from books, podcasts, articles, magazines and audio books.
Social & Fun: He was fun. He enjoyed entertaining, games & the great outdoors. He loved to meet new people and introducing people to each other. He made consistent effort to connect with his family and friends.
Career/Business: You could tell he loved his career, which is probably why he never retired. He spent most of his time using his strengths, and was humble enough to ask for help. He was an excellent life coach, counselor, and speaker.
Financial: He made money in order to make other people’s lives better. He believed that money was a direct result of the contribution you make to people’s lives. He was an excellent financial steward and did tremendous good with money.
In my next blog post, I’ll walk you through how to create a baseline for evaluating your life balance each month, step 2 in using the life wheel.
Question: How do you want to be remembered in one of these areas?