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How to work with the Wheel of Life Coaching Tool

What is the Wheel of Life Coaching Tool?

The Wheel of Life is a popular coaching tool used to help clients gain a better understanding of their overall life satisfaction and identify areas they want to focus on improving.

The tool consists of a circle divided into sections, each representing a different aspect of life, such as career, relationships, health, and personal growth.

Clients are asked to rate their level of satisfaction in each area by placing a mark on the line between 1 and 10, with 1 being the least satisfied and 10 being the most satisfied.

By examining the completed wheel, clients can visualise the areas of their life that they feel are most balanced and those that require more attention. Coaches can then work with clients to set goals and create action plans to make improvements in the areas that need attention.

How to work with the Wheel of Life

When working with the Wheel of Life tool, guide your client to identify the most important aspects of their life that they want to include on the list. Encourage your client to think deeply about what truly matters to them and what areas they feel they need to improve upon.

Here are the steps you can follow and some suggested questions that could help you engage with your client at each step:

Step 1: Identify Key Areas of Life

Introduce the Wheel of Life coaching tool to the client and explain that it is a visual representation of different areas of their life.

Ask the client to identify the key areas of their life that they want to focus on, and have them write down these areas on a piece of paper. Examples could be career, relationships, health, personal development, spirituality, and finances.

Example questions you could ask your client at this stage:

  • What are the most important areas of your life that you would like to focus on?
  • What areas of your life are you satisfied with and what areas do you feel need improvement?
  • What areas of your life do you feel are often neglected?

Step 2: Rate Each of the Key Areas on a scale from 1 to 10

Ask the client to rate their level of satisfaction in each area of their life between 1 to 10. One indicates complete dissatisfaction, while ten indicates complete satisfaction.

Example questions you could ask your client at this stage:

  • What number would you give to each area of your life right now?
  • How satisfied are you with each area of your life?
  • Which areas of your life do you feel are thriving and which areas are struggling?”

Step 3: Creating the Wheel of Life

Draw the wheel of life on a piece of paper or use a pre-made template and label each section with the key areas identified by the client. Then ask the client to indicate their answers on the Wheel.

Example questions you could ask your client at this stage:

  • What stands out to you the most?
  • What surprised you?
  • Are there important areas of your life not covered by this Wheel? Is something missing?

Step 4: Reflecting on the Wheel of Life

Encourage your client to take a step back and examine the overall picture. Help them see any patterns and any areas that are interconnected or affecting other areas.

Example questions you could ask your client at this stage:

  • What does the picture tell you about your life right now?
  • Which areas of your life are most important to you?
  • How do you feel about the balance of your life?

Step 5: Committing to action

Work with the client to prioritise areas that require more attention. Help the client set specific goals and create a plan of action for addressing areas that need improvement and maximising areas that are already strong.

Example questions you could ask your client at this stage:

  • What steps can you take to increase your satisfaction in each area of your life?
  • What resources or support do you need to achieve your goals?
  • What obstacles do you anticipate and how can you overcome them?

Wrap up

The Wheel of Life coaching tool is particularly useful at the very start of the Coaching relationship. It helps the client to see the bigger picture before narrowing down to specific goals and committing to an action plan.

As a coach, it’s important to guide your clients through this process with empathy, active listening, and thought-provoking questions. By working with your clients to set actionable goals and holding them accountable, you can help them achieve greater balance and fulfilment in their lives. With the Wheel of Life, clients can start their journey towards a more satisfying and purposeful life.

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