The wheel of life is a powerful online coaching tool that has proven to be helpful in the growth of my coaching business. Coaches typically use this tool during the first or second life coaching session. Amidst many interactive tools available to coaches, the wheel of life has been the most beneficial in maximizing my clients’ engagement and satisfaction. I have found my clients to be more engaged in their coaching journey as a result of this exceptional but straightforward online tool.
What is the Wheel of Life?
The wheel of life is a flexible online coaching tool that helps your clients visualize all the critical areas of their lives at once. This self-assessment tool is frequently used by coaches, specifically life & career coaches to present their clients with an up-close view of their lives. It provides a visual representation of the balance or imbalance amongst the diverse areas of life. Understanding where your clients are at in their life’s journey across these various areas helps them to manage life transitions better. It’s quite interesting to see how similar the wheel of life is to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Several of the categories touch on our basic human needs and just like Maslow’s theory, if those needs are unmet, it results in an imbalance.
Historically, the wheel of life originated from Tibetan Buddhism which focuses on eight components (the happiness factors in humans). However, it is utterly different from Buddhism’s wheel of life which focuses more on a person’s state of mind. The wheel of life consists of a pie chart, which represents various categories that are of importance to your clients.
The most standard categories are:
- Business & career
- Family & Friends
- Personal Development
There are other categories that are available; it all depends on the important areas to the clients.
How do The Clients Use This Online Coaching Tool?
Step 1 – Create a template: by just drawing a circle containing the eight slices or quadrants representing the various categories. Another option is to print out a wheel of life, template online.
Step 2 – Complete the Wheel
Clients will score their satisfaction levels, zero being the lowest and ten the highest against each of the different categories on their wheels. Coaches should encourage their clients to find a place where they can focus (no distractions) and also take their time to complete the assessment. Here are some questions within each category that could assist clients in effectively using this tool.
Business & Career: Is your career where you desire it to be by now? Does your job/career reflect your values? Are you heading in the appropriate direction?
Health & Fitness: How physically healthy are you? Are you content with your level of fitness?
Social & Friends: Are your friends supportive of you? Are you engaging friends and socializing to your satisfaction levels?
Step 3 – Time for Reflection
Reflection represents the period where the clients deliberate on their responses or scores and visualize how their life looks. They are confronted with questions of why their wheel of life looks the way it does. Also, what they would like their wheel of life to look like and then figure out how to make it happen.
Step 4: Action
At this stage, clients sit down with the coach to set up an actionable plan to help achieve their desired reality; their desired goals.
The wheel of life is indeed a powerful online coaching tool to use to help your clients find balance across every area of their lives; aiding them to reach a more elevated level of satisfaction and fulfillment in their pursuits. As a coach, you can use it monthly or quarterly with your clients to not only to see how they are doing, but also to be able to show your clients how much they have improved.
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