As we finish out the year and create our intention for the next, there are many areas in which we can let go. Devaluing relationships, unhealthy habits, areas of imbalance, and patterns that keep us from achieving our dreams and goals are just a few examples. At the same time, standing on the edge of a new year gives us the space to review our accomplishments, feel grateful for the opportunities, and begin to focus on what’s next.
There are many different approaches to identifying our vision, setting goals, planning actions, and looking at what obstacles we need to work through. Several years ago, with a long list of goals and to-do’s, I started to look at how best to prioritize them. In the coaching world, the life wheel is a tool used to segment our life into its core components.
I started identifying goals in each segment of the wheel, in part to ensure that I had a balance. So often we have an imbalance where too much focus on career causes us to neglect our self-care, or striving for success and money means we forget important relationships.
After identifying goals in each life wheel segment, I refined my priorities further by highlighting one goal in each area that was my focus. Which one relationship needed the most attention? Which one area of my career would most benefit from a change? If I could only address one goal in each area, what would it be? The resulting list of goals contained both a focus and a balance across different areas of my life.
At about the same time, I started hearing about the “one word” concept and the different approaches that individuals were taking to identify their “one word”. I tried several strategies and eventually asked myself – does one word truly support us body, mind, and soul? For me, the answer was no.
This led me to create a life wheel with a powerful question in each segment to help focus one’s priorities and intentions for the year. I combined it with a section for identifying your one word; in this case three – each supporting a different aspect of your life and well-being.
I shared the graphic via email and social media and based on feedback received, I have decided to hold a free event on January 17th. This guided exercise will support you to identify a priority in each area of your life, highlight the “one words” that will best support you, and refine your vision and goals with a “future-focused” process.
I would be honored if you joined me for this guided exercise, taking a “journey thru the life wheel”, honing your intentions and focus, and dipping your toes into a future focused experience.
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