Looking for Balance

Have you ever tried to do one of those Circle of Life charts? I used one when I was working with a life coach.

Bo-ya! I just put one together really quickly in Paint, it’s not flashy but you can get the idea of what I am talking about.

The chart has a space for important areas in your life and when all of those areas are tended to, we feel fulfilled. The chart has 12 slices: relationships, social life, spirituality, joy, creativity, finances, career, education, health, physical activity, healthy meals, and home environment. Each of these areas are important aspects of our lives.

So you see, your life is all these pieces of a puzzle rolled together into one. As humans, we strive for balance. The Circle of Life Chart can help us get there by identifying areas that are lacking.

To use the chart, you would place a dot in the pie piece to show how satisfied you are with that area of your life. A dot on the periphery indicates full satisfaction. A dot at the center of the pie indicates dissatisfaction. Once you have rated all areas of your life, connect the dots – literally. Complete satisfaction in all areas of your life will result in a perfect circle around the periphery. Any pieces that look like someone took a slice out to eat it show you areas that need your attention.

You may say, “But I am not religious that piece doesn’t apply to me.” Even those that are atheist or agnostic can still have this piece filled: if you feel like you know what you believe, then your spirituality piece may be filled to the max. Others may say, “I am retired, the career piece doesn’t apply to me.” Perhaps I should have written Occupation, because even someone who is retired can occupy themselves. This piece pertains to how we occupy our time, whether it be from a paid job or not.

Once you have connected your dots, it is helpful to write a note next to each pie piece. Such as next to physical activity, for myself, I would write, “Would like more time to be able to work out 3-4 times a week.” Next to finances, I might write, “Sufficient or more than.” Two years ago when I first did this, my finances and career were at the center of the chart but healthy meals and physical activity were on the periphery. I still strive for balance two years and many changes later.

Once you have your chart and your notes, it can be helpful to just take some time to think over your results. I am meditative and like to have a few days to get a feel for what they mean to me. Either immediately or after some time to think, it can be helpful to write down some goals. The ultimate goal of the chart is to determine not only areas in your life that you feel need improvement, but also how to achieve overall balance.

You are welcome to use my chart, or just do a simple online search for Circle of Life Chart and you will get lots of colorful options. Share your results in the comments section below.

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