How to Guide Client Breakthroughs With the Wheel of Life Template

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The Wheel of Life is one of the most commonly used coaching assessments. It’s a simple yet powerful tool to map up how satisfied your client feels with different areas of their life and, as a result, help them reach a greater balance.

Although this life exercise is easily adaptable, you must keep a few fundamental principles in mind when coaching clients. Let’s explore what a Wheel of Life template looks like and how it works in action.

What Is the Wheel of Life Framework?

The Wheel of Life is a popular framework primarily used in life coaching. It’s a versatile tool

that lets you assess the coachee’s satisfaction in various categories of their lives and set personal growth goals accordingly.

The life wheel assessment is especially powerful for self-reflection because it visually represents the various dimensions of one’s life. It helps your client see where they put most of their energy and attention, what gives them the most fulfillment, and what aspects of their everyday life they neglect.

It typically consists of eight to ten segments, each representing a different aspect of life. These include:

  1. Personal growth
  2. Romantic love
  3. Family and friends
  4. Health and well-being
  5. Finances
  6. Business and career
  7. Physical environment
  8. Fun and recreation
  9. Contribution
  10. Spirituality

Everyone has different priorities; one may emphasize their family, while others find more fulfillment in creative pursuits or traveling. Our lives also dynamically change over time — what matters to us in our 20s isn’t necessarily what we want to focus on in our 50s.

The point isn’t to score ten out of ten in all life categories — that’s virtually impossible. Instead, it’s to recognize what is and isn’t working in each, set self-improvement goals more consciously, and, as a result, live a more balanced life.

How Do You Make a Wheel of Life?

Since it’s a visual assessment, it’s best to use a blank wheel with each client on a paper or tablet and draw their evaluations on it.

You may notice that different Wheel of Life templates have different categories. This is because there is no right or wrong way to use this framework; it depends on your coaching philosophy and the client you’re working with.

[ Read: The 8 Questions That Reveal Your Coaching Philosophy ]

It’s best to show them the life categories we’ve listed before and ask them if they feel it’s complete. They can add or remove any aspects as they see fit or even rename specific categories to something they resonate with better.

For example, some people may call their social life ‘family and friends’ or their love life ‘romantic relationships.’

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Generally, working with no less than eight categories is best to get a nuanced representation of the client’s life. For instance, even if their income is solely tied to their careers, evaluating these aspects separately may reveal what matters to them and what they want to change.

To draw your Wheel of Life template, all you need to do is divide a circle into ten parts (or the number of segments your client has defined for themselves.) Name each segment, and create a scale of 1-10 for each.

How Do You Use the Wheel of Life Template?

Here’s how you can lead your client through the Wheel of Life coaching model step by step.

1. Rate Each Life Category

First, ask your client to rate each life category from 1 to 10 in terms of how satisfied they are with them. Discussing why they gave that score to that aspect of their lives is even more important than the number itself. Sometimes, elaborating on their evaluation makes clients realize they must adjust their score.

Ask them what currently works or doesn’t work in each category. To dive deeper, you can also use these coaching questions:

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how fulfilled do you feel in [life category]?
  • How satisfied are you with your current situation in [life category]?
  • What brings you the most joy and satisfaction in [life category]?
  • What are you currently not happy with in [life category]?

[ Read: 73 Life Coaching Questions That Work With Every Client ]

2. Evaluate Priorities

Next, look at what your client values the most and where their attention and energy flow within their wheel. You can ask them:

  • Which areas of your life matter most right now?
  • What are you not focusing on at all?
  • How important is [life category] compared to other parts of your life?
  • How do you prioritize [life category] among other aspects of your life?
  • What role does [life category] play in your well-being and happiness?

This helps them reflect on their personal values and beliefs connected to each category. It also highlights if they’ve been falling out of balance.

3. Identify Gaps

Explore where your client wants to be in each category. It’s possible that even though they rated one of them low, they don’t want to focus on it right now. You can ask them:

  • How do you envision your ideal scenario or outcome in [life category]?
  • How do you define success or fulfillment in [life category]?

Once their vision is clear, take a look at what’s missing. For example:

  • What obstacles or challenges prevent you from feeling more satisfied or fulfilled in this [life category]?
  • Are there any patterns or habits you’ve noticed impacting your satisfaction in [life category]?
  • What changes or improvements would you like to make in [life category]?
  • What steps can you take to cultivate greater fulfillment and contentment in [life category]?

Depending on where the coachee is on their journey, this might be a lot for them right now. Help them prioritize their most important goals for self-improvement, break them down into more digestible action steps, and define what they want to tackle first.

Their answers will form an excellent basis for your future sessions with them. As their coach, you can guide them to greater life balance and hold them accountable for taking action on what matters.

What Is an Example of a Completed Wheel of Life?

Let’s say your client gave you the following ratings on each aspect of their lives:

  • Personal growth: 7
  • Romantic love: 9
  • Family and friends: 5
  • Health and well-being: 2
  • Finances: 5
  • Business and career: 8
  • Physical environment: 5
  • Fun and recreation: 3
  • Contribution: 5
  • Spirituality: 3

When you look at this evaluation, their health and time for recreation immediately stick out, but what’s the story behind these numbers?

Do they have physical health issues? Are they dealing with mental health challenges or burnout?

They could be overworked or overwhelmed with other responsibilities that prevent them from resting and spending time with their friends. In this case, it’s worth exploring how they could set better boundaries, delegate, or ask for help. You can also ask them how to establish a more balanced daily schedule to tackle their responsibilities without overspending their energy.

However, it’s also possible they are dealing with a chronic health condition and struggling to find a cure for it. In this case, you can encourage them to explore a different medical or alternative healing treatment. You can also help them explore ways to manage their symptoms so they don’t affect their energy levels and other areas of their life as much.

It’s important not to make assumptions about your client’s situation; instead, let them describe it and help them find helpful correlations.

While health issues always raise a concern, it’s possible that other life categories your client rates low simply aren’t a priority for them. For instance, they may not feel spiritually connected but don’t want to change this aspect of their life. Or, they may not realize they are experiencing spiritual fulfillment in other ways their environment doesn’t acknowledge.

Lastly, watch out for themes your client mentions that affect multiple areas in their life. For example, financial freedom may be their top priority, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that more money is the key to that. Instead, it may call for a deeper evaluation of their lifestyle, expenses, and how they earn their income.

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By Annamaria Nagy
Annamaria Nagy is a Brand Identity Coach and Copywriter. She's been writing for over 10 years about topics like personal development, coaching, and business. She was previously the Head of SEO at the leading transformational education company, Mindvalley.
March 15, 2024

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