The experience of “mind wandering” can be a lot of fun. With no restrictions, letting your mind wander, you are engaging in a little mental relaxation that should leave you refreshed. The good news is that this process is reusable and recyclable, any time you sense a little confusion in your life.
Today, let’s do a little organization of those “wants” you unearthed. One of the tools that is easy to use, to clarify the path you might take, is what we call a “growth wheel.” We’ve talked about this before. Draw a circle, and then divide the circle into six or eight segments, so that you have what looks like pieces of a pie. Then, label each section with an area of your life that is important to you.
These sections might be labeled Family, Leisure Activities, Spiritual Growth, Finances, Job or Career – anything that is important and relevant to you, and where you want to grow. Now, each of these sections can have a Growth Wheel of its own, as you delve deeper into the different aspects of what you want in each area.
To further order the importance of each area, take your growth wheel and start from the center, with the number zero. Then, run a gauge out to 10 at the outer circle. With each section, you decide how satisfied you are with that particular area of your life, on a scale of zero to 10. This will give you a good idea of what areas of your life you want to tackle first, in order to achieve real growth.
As you begin organizing your “wants” into these categories or segments, you will probably find that many fit into the same segment. This is where you can use the tool of a secondary, or “mini,” growth wheel, for each section. Your “mini” wheels may not have as many sections, or they may have more. There are no rules here, so let your mind get creative!
You are doing some terrific preparatory work here! When we come back tomorrow, we’ll take a look at creating a bit of balance in your approach to your goals. Remember, have fun with this process!