The wheel of life

The wheel of life has its origins in Indian traditions and is rich in teaching. Then, it was taken up as a personal development tool and adapted to our Western way of life. It is this version which is described to you below

The wheel of life is a simple coaching practice. This allows the coachee, depending on 4 themes, to determine the areas of his daily life in which he is most involved.

Then he creates his wheel into the ideal situation for him. The coachee is invited to compare the two wheels of life and to become aware of the gaps between what he does and what he wants to achieve.

The objective of the session by a questioning game is thus easily determined. The coaching session can start.

The Wheel of Life in practice

The 4 themes of the wheel are described below. They are then each subdivided into 3 sub-areas.

Theme 1 : the relationship to others

  • Love life
  • Family/ Friends
  • Social Relationships

Theme 2 : the relationship to self

  • Form/physical healh
  • Personal development/ Emotional health
  • Pleasure/Hobbys

Theme 3 : my contribution to the world

  • Work/career
  • Money
  • Calling

Theme 4 : my daily life

  • Physical environment
  • Habits/framework
  • Lifestyle

Step 1.  Current Situation

Draw a circle on a sheet of white paper (A3 size) or in your focus book

Pick one color per theme. Take care to estimate the time you will devote to each theme. Divide your circle into 4 segments, taking into account your estimate of the time spent.

Example of a Wheel of Life expression, in my current situation

You can then materialize in each part of the circle the subdomains. This forms the circle of your current situation

Outside of the wheel, I write “Image of me”, and I consider that for my reflection as well.

Step 2– The ideal situation

I draw a second circle and take step 1 again by modifying the sizes of the segments according to the time I would like to devote to them.

Example of the ideal situation, Wheel of life

Step 3. Observation

  1. Explore in coaching what emerges from these drawings. What are the awareness? What are the differences between the present and the ideal future? What do the colors he chose for each segment mean to him? What is missing? What does he need to go into the future? What are the first steps? etc …
  2. Then you ask your client to choose the area they want to explore, and draw the sub-segments in the current situation and the ideal situation. Also invite him to write in the margin, current “Image of Me” and ideal “Image of Me”.
  3. Once the sub-segments have been drawn, ask your client to formalize his observation and to decline it in the Objective sheet. These elements will serve as a basis for the follow-up of your client.