The Wheel of Life

Zig Ziglar's Wheel of Life
Zig Ziglar’s Wheel of Life. A roadmap for success in life.

With so much “self-help” and “personal development” information out there, it’s no wonder most of us are left thinking there’s something wrong with us.

Everything we read, everything we watch and everything we hear is telling us that we’re not good enough…at anything. Well, let me tell you, there’s nothing “wrong” with you no matter how imperfect you may seem. As the saying goes, “none of us is perfect,” and that’s quite alright with me.

I believe that it’s our unique traits we should focus on and share with one another as special gifts to the world. Now don’t get me wrong, there are definitely aspects of our lives we should be constantly trying to improve upon and adapting and evolving and changing overall; it’s the balance of the pursuit of these changes and adaptations be kept in check.

One of my favorite movie quotes comes from the movie, The Shawshank Redemption(affiliate). “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin.” Basically the message is that you’re doing one or the other; there is no middle ground. If you’re not growing, learning or improving some if not most aspects of your life, you’re missing out on what it means to be human. You’re dying. If not outside, then definitely inside. Life is meant to be lived and there are so many wonderful, beautiful things in the world to experience that unless you’ve got an open mind and open heart, you’ll miss out on most of that and end up shriveled, dehyrdated and malnourished.

Certainly these maladies in a physical sense are extreme and provoke intense imagery, but when used to describe a person’s soul the imagery are even more devastating. So all this talk about living and dying, improving or shrinking brings me to the point of this post, and in a way, the point of this blog in its entirety. Why reinvent the wheel when it already exists?

Enter – The Wheel of Life. Originally created by Zig Ziglar, it’s not the solution to your problems in and of itself, but certainly an excellent outline for organizing your life. The 7 spokes of the Wheel of Life are:

-Family
-Spiritual
-Personal
-Social
-Intellectual
-Career
-Physical

When thoughtfully considered, each is just as important as the other and none is more valuable than any other. At different points in your day, week, month or year some areas will seem more daunting or important and require more attention, however you must not lose sight of the big picture. Each spoke must be of equal importance in order to live a fulfilling, satisfying life. In the next few posts I’ll go over what I believe these spokes on the Wheel of Life mean and how you can structure goals for self improvement around each one of these values.

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