wheel of life

The Wheel of Life is a great tool to help you improve your life balance. It helps you quickly and graphically identify the areas in your life to which you want to devote more energy, and helps you understand where you might want to cut back.

The challenge now is to transform this knowledge and desire for a more balanced life into a positive program of action.


be - do - have List

It is essentially a list of things you want to be or do or have.  Let me give you an example. For each heading you create 10 things.  So for “BE” you might have:

  1. Be a teacher

  2. Be a better husband

  3. Be more relaxed

  4. Be more attentive to family

  5. Be more healthy

  6. Be more happy

  7. Be successful in business

  8. Be a better runner

  9. Be a role model to my children

  10. Be a better listener

and “have” is things you want to have. It is a really easy way to make a plan and work out what you really want in life.  What you will typically find is that the lists match up.  So if you want to run a marathon put that in your “do” list.  Then in your “be” list would be something about “be a runner”.

This may seem like a very basic thing but it is incredibly powerful.  The act of writing down 10 in each list means you get very specific about what you REALLY want to do in life.  Let’s look at “Be more healthy” in the “be” list. So what does that really mean?  Be more healthy all the time or is there something specific you would like to achieve. It could mean what you were actually thinking about was living longer by getting healthier. By making these list it actually makes you take a look at each one and work out what they really mean. Then once you have that you can work out a plan of action.

Setting goals is one of the topics I am most asked about.  Often they may even say something like “I just don’t know what my goal or purpose is in life”.  I think it’s fair to say that we mostly believe that the answer to that question will just come to us one day, and for some it does, but typically it is something you have to sit down and go through.

Give it a go for 30 days and see what results you get.



This exercise is intended to help you identify your core values, and then think about your purpose. We know instinctively that we are more motivated by personally meaningful goals than by external rewards such as money or status. Put simply: When you love what you do, it shows.