Each of us is a unique person
with a distinct collection of values, beliefs, needs and desires that describe what is important to us and define who we are. We are complex individuals whose lives
have many facets which demand our daily focus and attention. It is critically important to take time to step back and
take stock of our lives to identify what really matters to us today and what we ardently desire for our future.
Our personal growth depends greatly on our ability to examine the parts of our individual lives to see if they add up
to the total person we each want to be. This is the first step in setting short-term and long-term, tangible and intangible
goals. Furthermore, we should continually assess our daily activities to ensure that we are devoting appropriate time
and effort to those aspects of our lives that we hold dear and are on track to achieve our life objectives. While there can several approaches to categorizing the key areas of life that blend together to form a total person,
the “Life Wheel” model described here can be a useful tool for achieving this.
While the sections of
the “life wheel” model are of equal size, this is not to imply that everyone should devote the same emphasis
to each. One should view the volume of each section to reflect his or her “ideal emphasis” in that particular
life area. Clearly, different people will place greater or lesser value and importance on different life areas. A useful exercise is to shade in each area of the life wheel to indicate the proportion of “ideal
emphasis” an individual is currently achieving. This will draw attention to any gaps between current
emphasis and “ideal emphasis” that may exist.