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Goals: The Wheel of Life

One useful tool for goal setting is to imagine the modern wheel of life as it applies to you.  The wheel of life lets you know how you are doing in all the areas of your life and helps you build a sense of purpose that rests on balancing your goals.  What that means is that the wheel of life can be a useful visualization exercise that can be a powerful tool for achieving purpose and balance in your life.  The wheel of life depicted as a pie brings a power of purpose which can lead to motivation and success.

A sense of purpose is a sense of certainty about something or a strong belief that makes us act.  When we say that someone has a sense of purpose, we usually mean that person has a drive that propels them to action.  It is no accident that those people with the greatest sense of purpose often accomplish the most.  A powerful sense of purpose is like a sharp sword; it cuts through lethargy, passivity, and obstacles in your way.  If you have a strong sense of purpose then all your life’s resources, such as your talents and education, go towards accomplishing your goals. 

Purpose motivates you but it also provides you with a sharp focus that prevents you from becoming distracted and wasting away your time and energy.  In many ways your purpose, the center of your wheel of life, is the key to your entire wheel of life but most people take no time to define their purpose and make no effort to coordinate their wheel of life.  Many people set their monthly, daily, and weekly goals, and usually achieve them, but their goals are scattered and don’t lead to larger goals or a real sense of satisfaction. 

Having a wheel of life with a purpose at its core is like having a well-developed road map with a final destination in view.  As you continue along the road all shorter-term goals move you closer to your larger goal.  With a strong purpose at the center your wheel of life works together.  As you move towards your major purpose, and the goals connected with it, each area of your life grows and is strengthened.

Having a purpose and goals makes your wheel of life complete.  It lets you see what you are headed towards and why.  It can also let you know whether all areas of your life are proceeding as they should.  Goal setting is crucial so that you can combine all of the aspects of your wheel of life and achieve your dreams.

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