The "Wheel of Life" Exercise

A quiz to quickly take stock, and identify where to focus next.

Take the quiz below, or download a pdf.


How satisfied are you right now,
according to your own standards?

Click your satisfaction % for each segment.
Don’t think too long: listen to your gut.

Hover over segment titles for explanation

Your results are confidential. Your email address is required to process the survey and to mail you the result. It will be used for no other purpose.

Read on for pointers to getting more satisfaction.

The Wheel of Life is a Co-Active Coaching tool. From: Co-Active Coaching (2nd ed.) © 2007 by Laura Whitworth, Karen Kimsey-House, Henry Kimsey-House, and Phillip Sandahl. Used by permission.
The Wheel of Life is a Co-Active Coaching tool.
From: Co-Active Coaching (2nd ed.) © 2007 by Laura Whitworth, Karen Kimsey-House, Henry Kimsey-House, and Phillip Sandahl.
Used by permission.

The “Wheel of Life” model contains eight segments which, together, represent one way of describing a whole life.

In this exercise you record your current satisfaction level as a percentage, for each segment.

Let the 100% mark reflect only your own  standards and expectations.

The result will display here, as a wheel with 0% at the center and 100% satisfaction at the outer rim. You’ll also receive the result by email, in text form.

You’ll receive just the percentages by email, so it may be helpful to make a few notes.

What do you want to remember about your answers?

Grab some scrap paper, your smartphone or your journal and jot some notes, or call a friend and chat. If you’re feeling stuck, these prompts might get you started:

  • Would you rename a segment? Or add one?
  • Which area was difficult to evaluate?
  • What pleases you?
  • What surprises or upsets you?
  • What seems important now?

Did you notice an area where you’re eager for more satisfaction? Read on for some suggestions on how to start.

The moment you see a growth opportunity is the best time to design a structure to support that growth. What immediately came to mind for you? Why not do it?

Here are a few more suggestions:

  • share the journey:
    start a discussion with a friend about getting more satisfaction in an area that holds you back
  • dream:
    create a poem, video, drawing or collage of what 100% looks/feels like for you
  • get curious:
    find a book, TED talk or an online course to help you explore
  • reflect regularly:
    start (or re-start) writing in a journal (find tips here)
  • hire a coach:
    how does that work? Read more in the next section.

A coach is a professional who helps you celebrate and increase your successes by making more satisfying choices. A coach helps you redesign your inner conversations, moves you forward with powerful questions, and holds you accountable for new challenges you set for yourself. And, by the way, I believe a coach works herself out of a job, over time, by training your own inner coach. Read more about how coaching works…

A coach is different from a friend, colleague, or even a mentor. A coach remains neutral so they can mirror your strengths and fears back to you, to help you design new choices going forward. This requires someone who sees your world only through your eyes, and who has no stake in your outcomes. Someone committed to helping you find your way, not offering shortcuts and advice.

Self-coaching books offer such neutrality, but they have their limits, and there may come a time when you feel stuck, and a committed partner is just what you want to get back on track.

Your choice of a coach is important, and personal: this person must make you feel safe, and alive. Only you can determine who is best to accompany you.

Such people, of course, existed long before we made up the term ‘coach.’ Some doctors and therapists coach their clients, alongside their other healing interventions. And if you’re lucky enough to have a strong, neutral pastor, relative or peer you trust, who will play a coaching role for you, that’s a great way to get support for your growth.

I offer you two services, to help you choose a coach:

  • a free Personal Vision session,
    to let you explore in more detail what 100% satisfaction could look like.  If you’re curious about coaching, use this one-hour call to ask your questions and to sample the chemistry between us, with no pressure to become a client.
  • links to reputable Coach Finder services,
    online “match-maker” resources to help you find a qualified professional that meets your need for language, location or skillset. I recommend both the Co-Active and ICF online find-a-coach services. Many coaches offer free “chemistry sessions” so it’s not uncommon to audition several before choosing. I have!

And if you’re a reader, you might like to read my 16-page overview of the Co-Active Coaching approach, or the long-time coaching industry standard: Co-Active Coaching: Changing Business, Transforming Lives.

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