I don't know about you, but a lot of times it feels to me as if my life has a velocity of its own. There are so many things I want to do and accomplish but, on a day-to-day level, things get crazy and, before I know it, that twenty-four hours is gone.
Of course this happens to all of us sometimes, but I'm realizing more and more how dangerous it is if it happens all of the time (or even a lot of the time). It's those days that ultimately stack one on top of the other to constitute our life. If enough days go by seemingly out of our control, without us doing what we really want to be doing, then it becomes months of that, then years, then decades. It sounds kind of dramatic ... but it's also true.
While I was in Bali, I took a great workshop with life coach Leannah Lumauig. For years, Leannah had high-powered jobs in the Bay Area. She was successful but not fulfilled. Her dream was to give it all up, travel the world, and to help other people create their own dream lives in the midst of living her own. Well, she did it. And, throughout the course of the workshop I took with her, she gave us tips for doing the same.
One of the great things I learned about from Leannah is the Wheel of Life. It's simple, really. Each of the eight spokes on this wheel represents an important facet of life: personal growth, significant other, friends and family, health, money, career, physical environment, and fun and recreation. For each sector, there are corresponding horizontal lines, numbered one through ten. Basically, you go through and shade each sector according to your level of satisfaction in that area of your life, with one being the least satisfied and ten being the most.
This is a simple exercise, but it also a great way to take a moment and see a visual representation of where you're at in life right now. What areas of your life are satisfying? Which could use a little help? And which ones do you ignore altogether?
This is a great opportunity to pause, refocus, and (if necessary) redirect.