Maya Angelou once said, “If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going.” I would add that you also need to know where you currently are in order to move forward in a meaningful way. It is with this in mind that I invite you to partake in a fun reflective activity wherein you’ll be asked to take full inventory of 1) what you care about, and 2) how satisfied you are in regards to those things.
**I want to clarify that I did not invent this activity, but rather learned of it from The Coaching Tools Company, which has many other great exercises to check out if you end up enjoying this one.
The wheel contains eight sections that, together, represent one way of describing a whole life. It is meant to be a snapshot of where you are right now.
How to complete the wheel:
Remember: this is not a picture of how it has been in the past or what you want it to be in the future. It is a snapshot taken in the moment. It is also not a report card on how well you have performed or what you have achieved. Try to maintain an observer’s mindset here - viewing each of these facets of your life with curiosity and honesty, but not judgement.
Here are a couple examples of how this might look:
You can then take a moment to reflect on it. See if you notice any patterns or connections. Find one highlight to sit with for a minute. For example, you might have ranked your social life as a 9 -- take some time to think of why that part of your life is so satisfying, and to offer some gratitude for what you’ve built there. You can do this via thought, but it can also be a powerful practice to journal about your observations. Next, choose one area that you’d like to focus on for improvement. Think through (or journal about) what it would take to increase your satisfaction in that area of your life. Come up with 3 ideas of actions you could take to make that improvement happen. For example, if my “health/fitness” category is at a 3, I might list out ideas such as “1) find a fitness instructor I like and commit to taking 1 of their classes per week for the next 2 months. 2) Make sure I’m in bed by 10 pm every night. 3) Plan an active outdoor activity every weekend.”
Remember that the goal here isn’t to berate or judge yourself; it is simply to notice how each element of your life is impacting your overall experience. This can be a super powerful activity to do once or twice a year in order to gauge the fluctuations of your life and note the changes you’ve made.
Ultimately, you can’t control everything in life, but you do have little choices in each moment of your day. Use this activity as a reminder to choose things that will add to this chart and, consequently, to your satisfaction.
Brooke is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.
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