Day one and two of Simple Abundance suggest us to reflect over the years that have passed and write down our dreams and hopes for the most creative and fulfilling life possible. Questions like this are too open-ended for me and leave me feeling overwhelmed. Maybe I’ve got too many dreams? Or maybe I can’t focus through the laundry, job, kids, bills, and marriage? If you struggle with this too, I’ve got a tool for you in today’s post that will help!
I’ve done the proverbial brain-dump bucket-list of things I want to accomplish, do, or have someday. It is fun to see and cross them off as I have accomplished each one, but it is the deciding where to start stage that is my sticking point.
When we bought our first house, a little 2 1/2 bedroom bungalow with tons of “potential,” I was so anxious to re-do everything. After refinishing floors and stripping wallpaper from every room, painting and replacing the appliances, the house was livable but our bank account was dead. I felt so bummed we couldn’t keep working on it, but my dad said to me, “just live in the house for a while so she can tell you what she needs next.” Dad was right, the house told us along the way which step of the remodeling/restoring should be next, either something broke or there was something we just couldn’t stand to live with or look at any longer.
I’m often overzealous with my life, wanting to fix everything at once. (Especially this time of year.) I go crazy with dieting, exercising, budgeting, wanting to ramp up our debt pay-off, organizing the house, etc. It always leads to eventual burn-out. I’ve learned that when I focus on one or two areas only, I am so much more successful. My struggle is deciding on which area to focus on first.
Today I remembered a tool I’ve used in the past to help me discover the areas in my life where I’m not living as abundantly as I could be. It is funny to me that I had forgotten completely about it, but it popped into my mind just as I was needing it most.
Eight Life Categories — Which One Do You Want to Focus On?
Intuitively we know where we are out of balance, but seeing a map of how we’re doing in each area of our lives visually, really helps us to know which areas to focus on first and avoid the full throttle, crash and burn approach.
Each wedge of the Wheel of Life chart represents an area of your life. The concentric circles allow you to rate your fulfillment in each wedge, with the smallest center circle representing one, needing lots of improvement; the largest outside circle representing a perfect ten.
Give yourself a score for each category ranging between 1 = Unfulfilled, not living in abundance and 10 = Happily fulfilled, living in abundance.
If you are not sure what score to give yourself, ask questions to help you evaluate where on the scale of 1 to 10. Examples of questions could be: Am I healthy? Am I at a weight I am happy with? Do I eat a healthy balanced diet? Do I exercise as frequently as I should? Are my cholesterol, blood pressure, stress level, etc. all in a healthy range?
After doing this for each category you will be able to visually see the areas in your life where you are not living as abundantly as you could be. Connecting your scores into a circular shape will show you how balanced your life is or how much you’re out of balance.
Free Downloadable Wheel of Life Worksheet
I created a Wheel of Life Exercise Worksheet to help us with this exercise. It’s free for you to download and share with others.
After doing the exercise, my areas of Health, Finance, Fun & Adventure, and Spirituality & Creativity are all in need of some “simple abundance” lovin’. (They’re listed in order.) I can already think of a few dreams I’ve tucked away for “someday” that will benefit all the areas above.
What gifts did you experience today? What areas in your life are in need of some “simple abundance” lovin’? Share them in the comments below so we can encourage each other on this journey of beautiful possibilities!
Now as I lay me down to sleep…