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Where am I? Wheel of life

Now we’re onto the second happiness question: Where are you? That means: where are you in life? This is where you can clearly identify what’s right and what’s wrong for you: the things you like and don’t like, the things you want to keep and the things you want to change.

You may have done the Wheel of Life or balance wheel before, but as with other types of exercises, it’s a good idea to do this on a regular basis. Life changes, and it’s useful to notice how things have improved.

So, how does your life currently rank on a scale of one to ten in the following areas: career, family, finance, health/wellness, personal growth, self expression, social life, spirituality/religion? Analyse how your life is going in each of these areas. Be sure not to over-analyse. Just give a quick, honest answer.

And remember, you won’t help yourself by being dishonest. This is all about getting to know the real you, without judgement and without hiding from the truth. Let’s take a minute so you can make note of these rankings. 10 is the absolute best: couldn’t be better. 1 is the worst you can imagine.

  1. Print the document in the above link. I’ve already filled in the categories, but you can
  2. Adjust the categories if needed. Consider the following: health/wellness, exercise/gym, relationship with partner, personal growth and development, spirituality, religion, career development, studies, giving back/contribution to society, financial prosperity, savings, socialising/fun, friends, family, children, parents, entertainment, work, personal space, hobbies, sports, artistic expression, etc. Can you think of any additional areas? Please share them in the comments below.
  3. Now rank how you’re doing in each of the areas, on a scale of 1 to 10. If you’re unclear how to do it, use the example above. Get creative and use colored pens, oil pastels, or paints if you like.

How did that go? This is such a simple exercise, yet it makes it so easy to get clear on where we are in life.

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Feeling stuck with your job? Take action!

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Wellness is an important aspect of our professional lives as well as our personal lives, and job satisfaction plays a huge role in professional wellness. So far, I’ve touched on how to keep positive while working toward your dream job and how to find your dream job. When we’re unhappy professionally and feeling stuck in our search for an alternative job, it’s time to take action. The only way to get unstuck is to create an action plan and then get working on it.

First off, get very clear on what it is that makes you unhappy at your current job and what it is that you want in your future professional life. Ask yourself some big questions, and consider the three good questions within them.

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Get clear on your dreams with a vision list…then turn them into goals

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I’ve been so focused on working toward achieving my specific goals lately, that I’d completely forgotten my vision list. I just revisited it this afternoon and spent a few minutes updating it, because all goals start with a vision.

Get started: clear your mind with a quick session of task meditation. Get all the practical to-do things out of your mind and into your time management system. Now you’re ready to start.

Put on some music, whatever you feel will get you into a creative mood: it could be something relaxing, or it could be energising. Light a candle or incense. Whatever creates that sense of “you time.”

Remember the three good questions: Who are you? Where are you? Where are you going? Stop and think about where you want to be heading in your life. What do you want to be experiencing:

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Stop wandering through life and get a guidebook

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Many people go through life with no road signs, no road maps, no GPS. They travel life’s journey without a guidebook, and they don’t bother to hire a guide anywhere along the way. The thing is, if you don’t know where you’re going, where are you travelling to? And if you don’t have a destination in mind, are you really travelling, or are you just wandering around?

You’ve probably read this passage from Lewis Carroll before:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where —” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

How does it apply to your own life? Are you wandering passively through life with no destination in mind? Do you set clear goals for your life and take conscious action to achieve them? Have you asked yourself the three questions?

Setting goals and taking conscious action to work toward achieving them is the only way to get off Someday Isle and take control of your life. Since there’s no one guidebook on life, consider making your own personal guidebook for life.

Take a notebook or set up a folder on your computer to get going. Start with some of the exercises on this blog: whichever ones you think are most useful in your life. You may want to set up separate sections for each exercise, leaving space to review them at a later date. Some ideas:

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Easy tips on how to say no

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I’ve said this twice now: “If you don’t know who you are, where you are, and where you’re going, then you have no perspective. You won’t know how to prioritise, and how to get things done and when.” Setting priorities helps me make clear decisions on how to plan my days and weeks, and it makes it easy for me to say no to things that I don’t want to do or that aren’t related to my high-priority goals and activities.

So why is it that some people find it so difficult to say no? Often it’s a case of people putting others’ interests before their own, and not respecting their right to decide how to manage their time. Once you understand what your goals and priorities are, and that your time is yours to manage, saying no becomes easier.

Tips on how to make saying no an easy part of your life:

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