Are you ready to start living your best life? Look at where you are first!

The holidays are upon us! And with that comes the new year, and with the new year comes — you guessed it — resolutions! While goal-setting is an important part of life all year round, the approach of the new year reminds us to reflect on our life, and where we want to be.

What goals do you have for yourself? What’s the best way to accomplish those goals? It’s simple (if not easy):

  • assess your life as it is,
  • focus on the path toward the goal instead of the goal itself, and…
  • don’t try to do everything at once!

December is the perfect time to assess your life and your priorities. Use the Wheel to Life to review what you are thankful for. Honestly look at what you would like to be different in the future.

Tip 1: Use The Wheel of Life

The Wheel of Life is a great tool for keeping your life in perspective. It encompasses the eight main areas of life: career, relationships, family, friends, recreation, health, finance, and spirituality.

Of course, these areas of life all interconnect and affect each other, but taking a look at each area in turn can help you identify where things are going really well, and areas of concern that you may need to address in the future.

Use the Wheel of Life to take stock, and be honest with yourself. Where are you now? How is your health? How about your relationships with friends and family? What is each area of your life really like?

Give yourself a rating out of ten for how satisfied you feel about each area, then ask yourself if you’re spending the right amount of time in that area.

For instance, you might say, “My finances are a 6/10 right now, and I’m not spending quite enough time paying attention to them.” Or you might say, “I feel very supported and loved in my family, and I know they feel very supported and loved—so that’s a 10/10, but I I’ve been spending so much time with them that I’m not getting any time for myself.” Your wheel would be lumpy and not run very smoothly – just like life when it is out of balance. What, if anything, would you change?  

Maintain Balance

Using the Wheel of Life to take stock of how you live is a great way to maintain balance. No pie chart can add up to more than 100%, and the way you spend your time follows the same rule.

If you spend a huge amount of your time working, it means there’s less time to spend building relationships. Hang out in the gym all day, and you’ll have less time to spend on spiritual pursuits.

It’s not up to me to tell you how much time and energy you should expend in each area of your life. Maybe you love being a gym rat. Does your career bring you more joy than kicking back and relaxing in a hot tub? Great!

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