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Get ready to clarify your priorities!

“The unexamined life is not worth living”
– Socrates

“Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and take a look around sometimes you might miss it.”
– Ferris Bueller

The topic of this post is not for everyone. This is for people who want to live and work with a high level of conscious awareness and intentionality. This is not an easy path. In fact, there is a lot of discomfort involved. Parts of your life or business that seemed fine before are going to suddenly seem like they need your attention. You are going to raise your standards. You’re going to have some new problems. You may have more problems than you had before. Things might appear to get worse before they get better. This may not be your path.

You’re still reading … Great!! You’re one of the courageous ones; or maybe you’re just curious, or perhaps it’s a combination. In any case, I’m glad you’re willing to take this journey with me and I’m honored to be your guide. Now let’s get down to business.

It can be very useful to take an hones look at your life or business, celebrate the areas that are working, and identify areas for improvement. Most people choose to keep their heads in the sand, like ostriches, avoiding taking a real honest look at what’s working and what’s not working. It’s not that they don’t have the time. They actively avoid examining their lives, staying busy and finding any distraction to avoid the prospect of taking a good hard look at what’s really going on.

This is the first step in creating change. If you’re in denial or avoidance, you’re going to stay stuck. If you’re willing to settle for what you have, then it is very unlikely that life will bring you more.

Change often starts by getting disturbed. If you don’t first get disturbed, then you may not get yourself motivated enough to do what is necessary to make a change.

Exercise – The Wheel of Life

The eight sections on the “Wheel of Life” represent Balance.

Take out a blank sheet of paper and draw a circle. Make eight pieces of pie and label them – Career, Money, Health, Significant Other, Friends & Family, Fun & Recreation, Growth & Spirituality, and Physical Environment.

Seeing the center of the wheel as “0”, and the outer edges as “10”, rank your level of fulfillment with each life area by giving it a number (0 – 10) and drawing a straight or curved line to create a new outer edge. You might want to add a category or two if something important to you is missing.

The new perimeter represents the wheel of your life. If this were a real wheel, how smooth or bumpy would the ride be? If you made a dramatic improvement in just one area of the wheel, which one would have the most profound overall impact on the rest of your life and your overall sense of satisfaction and fulfillment?

Exercise – The Six Human Needs

Tony Robbins identified six primary human needs that are common to us all. I have found them to be a very useful tool for understanding ourselves and identifying why we might be feeling more or less fulfilled in our lives. While these needs are universal, each of them is more or less important to each individual. Draw another circle, but this time make only six pieces of pie, rate the level at which each need is being met in your life by giving it a number (0-10) and drawing a straight or curved line to create a new outer edge.

Six Human Needs
1. Certainty – holding on to security and comfort.

2. Uncertainty – searching for variety, challenge, adventure, and drama.

3. Significance – feeling that your life has meaning and purpose.

4. Connection – seeking love, community, and connection with others.

5. Growth – ongoing learning and expansion toward greater fulfillment.

6. Contribution – going beyond yourself by connecting to a higher purpose.

Exercise – Evaluating Your Business Career

Now it’s time to really take stock of your business or career. You are going to identify many areas that have room for improvement. It’s okay and even healthy to allow yourself to get disturbed. However, the goal is to motivate you to begin taking steps to make a change. I caution you from allowing yourself to get overly upset by the fact that you probably have many areas that have room for improvement. This is normal. In fact, this is how it will always be, because as you achieve your goals you will be raising your standards and increasing your capacity, and this will cause you to want to reach even higher.

Additionally, as you grow and evolve, your priorities will continually change. Life is a constant balancing act and a never-ending process of improvement. It’s important to enjoy the journey.

Be careful not to allow yourself to become overwhelmed. It is totally fine to choose just one or two areas to focus on improving. Once you have set yourself on a path to success in those areas, you can switch your focus to the next area that interests you.

Rate your level of satisfaction with each area by giving it a number (0-10). Take a moment to celebrate each area where you are already experiencing a high level of satisfaction.

Business
* Income _____
* Marketing _____
* Sales _____
* Cash Flow / Funding _____
* Debt _____
* Sense of Purpose or Meaning _____
* Sense of Contribution _____
* Clear Vision and Goals _____
* Planning and Strategizing _____
* Focusing On What I Enjoy and Am Best At – Delegating The Rest _____
* Systems _____
* Employees _____
* Time Management _____
* Office Space _____
* Technical Skills _____
* Leadership and Management Skills _____
* Strategic Partnerships and Allies _____
* Relationship / Rapport With Clients _____
* Mentors and Support _____
* Other (What Is Important To You?): _____
* Overall Satisfaction _____

Marketing
* Marketing Plan _____
* Filling the Pipeline _____
* Following Up _____
* Closing the Sale _____
* Other (What Is Important To You?): _____
* Overall Satisfaction _____

Career Satisfaction
* Income _____
* Sense of Purpose or Meaning _____
* Sense of Contribution _____
* Expressing My Unique Gifts and Talents _____
* Learning / Challenge / Growth _____
* Office Space Pleasant & Supportive _____
* Relationship With Supervisor _____
* Relationship With Those I Supervise _____
* Relationship With Peers _____
* Social Interaction _____
* Mentors and Support _____
* Time for Rest of My Life _____
* Flexibility – Days Off, Hours, etc. _____
* Energy – Does it drain or energize you? _____
* Other (What Is Important To You?): _____
* Overall Satisfaction and Fulfillment _____

Career Effectiveness and Performance
* Results – Productivity _____
* Technical Skills _____
* Leadership and Management Skills _____
* Clear Vision and Goals _____
* Planning and Strategizing _____
* Focused on the Priorities _____
* Marketing of My Self _____
* Time Management and Efficiency _____
* Clear About My Role And Duties _____
* Timely With Duties And Projects _____
* Communication _____
* Rapport with Colleagues and Customers _____
* My Team Participation _____
* Staying On Top of My E-Mail and Voice Mail _____
* Staying On Top of My E-Mail and Voice Mail _____
* Staying Organized _____
* Mentors and Support _____
* Other (What Is Important To You and Your Employer?): _____
* Overall Satisfaction _____

Leadership/Management
* Organization and Staffing _____
* Promoting Stability and Order _____
* Motivating and Inspiring _____
* Aligning People _____
* Establishing Direction _____
* Promoting Change _____
* Problem-Solving _____
* Delegation and Holding Others Accountable _____
* Other (What Is Important To You?): _____

* Overall Satisfaction: ____

Now take your low scores, imagine what a higher score would look like, jot down some ideas for improvement, decide on your first steps, and get into action!

If you want some support to improve the scores on your Wheel of Life, or to create that ambitious business breakthrough, contact me and let’s have a quick-15-minute complimentary strategy session to see if coaching can help you get there.

In the meantime, check out this brief self-assessment at: www.ryaneliason.com/assessment

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