Wheel of Life is a tool which claims to add more balance and success to your life. Kevin asks Steven Selleslags whether this is true.
12-12-2016 - by Kevin Van der Straeten
Wheel of Life is a tool which claims to add more balance and success to your life. I ask Steven Selleslags whether this is true.
Hi Steven, welcome to the studio.
Today we’re talking about the Wheel of Life.
Yes. What is it? Well it’s not the Wheel of Fortune, but actually it’s... -I like it. Yes, we’d like that and then we’d win something. But actually, the better news is, the prize is the whole package actually. And it’s within your control, so that’s a positive thing. No, it’s actually one of the most used coaching tools, a self-assessment coaching tool actually where you have in one snapshot a clear vision on the balance of your situation in life. Most of the time we are stressed up with urgent things we have to do for work, in our relationship and we tend to lose the sight on the whole picture. And with this tool you have a better overview actually.
And how exactly does it work then?
Well for starters actually we have a wheel, a round wheel... it represents a wheel of a car, or a bicycle, for example. And that wheel is divided into different aspects. And every aspect is an aspect of your life. Like work, health, money, travelling, fun recreational stuff, personal developments etc. It can defer from person to person. So you’re free to choose which aspects you want to have. And then you’re going to give a quote on every aspect, in relation towards how satisfied you are with that aspect. For example, you’re working your ass off and you’re scoring very high, it could be that it has an impact on your relationship. After that you combine all the different scores and it gives a spider diagram and a clear vision on how your situation is.
It should be a round one then?
Well, if you want to float your life, you need to have a big wheel. If you’re going to have a small wheel or wheel with a lot of hooks, it’s going to be more difficult to move, right? And then you can say ‘Okay, I don’t have a good score on relationship, how can I improve that?’ And maybe it could be very simple, by agreeing with your partner ‘Okay, we’re going to have one night in the week where we‘re going to do something together’, like squashing or whatever it could be. But taking small steps to change the situation in your life.
And after the few months you can do the test again and see if you have any progress?
Yes, the purpose is that you do it every month so that you can see your progress, I hope, in the best case. But also, for example in my personal case I see the pendulum effects. Like if the previous month is going very good and the next month maybe it’s going bad, and vice versa.
Because you’re shifting focus then?
Well, everybody has his own attention and his own improvement priorities. But yes, in my case that’s how it goes. But knowing that I know I have to balance a little bit slighter and not too heavy. But in your case using the tool, does it help you? Yes, it does help, it gives balance, it gives an overview and yes, it makes you more conscious also. Like, how am I moving forth towards my bigger goals? Because that’s the next thing you can do - that’s another story: What is your personal mission statement in life? What do you want? Where do you want to go? And what do you want to mean? What is your legacy? This is maybe a little bit too high, but yes, everybody has a plan I think. And by using those intermediate interval tools, you can go towards your goal more consciously.
Steven thank you very much for coming over.
And you at home, thank you for watching our show. I hope to see you next week.