Goal Setting – I’m sure this is something you did at the beginning of the year right? Maybe you’re someone who started working on those goals straight away. If you did well done! A lot of people I’ve talked to didn’t set any goals, particularly as things continue to be so uncertain.
But I am sure you can agree that living with this uncertainty doesn’t mean we need to stop planning. It actually requires more planning and efficient goal-setting.
This blog post is for the individuals who want to get back on track and embrace all that 2021 has to offer.
So, what’s the best way to set goals?
One helpful tool is USING A LIFE BALANCE WHEEL. Visualize a bicycle wheel, forming a perfect circle. As long as those spokes (the long metal supports in the centre) supporting the tire stay strong and balanced, the wheel keeps on turning, and you get where you want to go!
If one or two are broken or bent, you’re in for a bumpy ride! It’ll take a lot more effort and energy to get where you want to go, plus you’ll end up doing damage to the tire over time.
Now imagine that those spokes represent different areas of your life. (Your health, relationships, spiritual practice, finances, FUN, and the list goes on).
The more balanced those areas are, the more balanced YOU can feel! When those spikes are in sync, everything flows a little more smoothly, you’re more resilient, and life is a lot less stressful.
This concept of “Life Balance Wheel” was inspired by the “Wheel of Life” exercise, created back in 1960 by self-development coach Paul Meyer.
On a practical level, when some areas in your life aren’t getting the attention they deserve, you can feel stressed, unfulfilled, unhappy, out of control – and maybe even a little lost.
What is life balance for you?
But at the same time, it is also true that – it would be nearly impossible to have ALL your Life Balance Wheel spokes perfectly balanced, all of the time! This is because you will have different strengths, goals, and priorities throughout different times in your life.
Here are some examples:
- Achieving a health/fitness goal, like training for a triathlon! or
- Building new relationships or
- Adjusting to life as a parent or
- Climbing the ladder in your career or
- Saving to pay off student debt or buy a home
Your wheel can also get out-of-balance because of your natural strengths, your likes and dislikes, and even your fears! Many of us put extra energy into the things we’re great at or that make us feel good. We even take certain things for granted.
You may also look at your Life Balance Wheel and decide that your current situation suits you just fine. The exercise gives you a chance to reflect and determine if that’s the case.
Just remember, when your Life Balance Wheel is out of whack for too long, that’s when things can start to become a problem. You might not even realize how out of balance you are until you take inventory of where you’re at.
Setting intentions in your life areas where you’re feeling dissatisfied is a great place to start your goal setting. Finding that “just right” balance can help you achieve your goals faster AND feel more fulfilled.
If you need any help with goal setting, download our FREE “2021 Fresh Start and Goal Setting Workbook”. You can Download it here.