When people engage a life coach, some already have a clear understanding of what they want to be coached on; whereas, others need some help on where they should start. For those who need help, a common initial exercise is the Wheel of Life, where clients rate between 1 and 10 how satisfied they are with each dimension of their lives. These dimensions can include career, finances, health, social, family, romance/marriage, recreation, community, personal growth, spirituality, and more. When the dots are connected, the circle becomes a bit lopsided, and a picture starts to emerge. What areas are more deflated than the others? Should we begin there?
Although the assessment may point out weak areas, the client always has the choice in where the coaching relationship begins and ends. Regardless of where a client chooses to start, the assessment provides the stimulus for rich discussion in what a client may be struggling and how other life areas may be impacting the lowest scores. Is family life affecting your health? Are problems with your marriage manifesting themselves in your work performance or vice versa? You and your coach can explore your Wheel of Life and then you can decide where you want to go from there.
About the Author: Sandra Dillon is a professional coach, consultant, and mentor with an extensive background in business development, leadership, and ministry which provides her with the experience, relational skills, and proven processes to move individuals, couples, and leaders to higher levels of personal awareness, effectiveness, and goal achievement. She coaches in a variety of areas including life purpose and plans, business, finances, and premarital/marriage. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org