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What Is the Wheel of Life? – VISIYA

Updated: May 4, 2023

The Wheel of Life, also known as the “Life Balance Wheel”, is an effective and versatile tool that helps you figure out what you want to change in your life. It can help you identify problem areas in your life, stabilize them, and thus stimulate personal development. To get the most out of this method you will need goal setting and task planning skills.


The Wheel of Life is a concept that is supposed to provide some sort of balance between the various areas of human activity. It implies that the equal development of the areas of life is the only true and universal for every person.


The original concept of the Wheel of Life is attributed to the famous motivator and author of books on self-development, Paul J. Meyer, who founded the Success Motivation Institute in 1960. He was the thought leader and pioneer of the coaching industry. He has authored many books on goals setting and achieving, which have been translated into more than 20 languages with millions of copies having been sold worldwide.


The Wheel of Life is a circle divided into a certain number of sectors. Each sector of the circle represents one area of life. The classic version has 8 of them (health, money, career, family, friends, personal growth, leisure, spirituality), but if you want to analyze your activity in more detail, you can add a few more points. Nowadays, various versions of the life wheel are used by coaches and those involved in personal development.

This technique is in fact a practical exercise in which one must fill in a circle, dividing it into areas of life and assigning each areas a score, i.e., the degree of satisfaction with its state. The assessment should be made on a ten-point scale, where 1 is the worst, and 10 is complete satisfaction. When looking at the finished image, you can see which areas need improvement, and which areas you are putting enough effort into.

It is usually made every six months or once a year. Often people wait until the end of the current year to have a fresh start in the new year. However, it is better not to put off important things until tomorrow, Monday, or some other day. Make your Wheel of Life right now and start changing your life for the better.


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The wheel of life

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