There are many ways that we measure our satisfaction or contentment with our life experiences. I remember a friend named Michael who continually rated his top experiences of FUN in a rating system. He would put memories of events in order from 1 through 10, with “1” being the highest rating. If a night out with friends rated a “3,” you can be sure he had a really great time!
Michael could tell you at any moment the list of events and the rating. As a new and fantastic experience showed up, he would bump a lesser experience out of the top 10 list.
What I loved about this: He could access his ‘satisfaction’ moments within seconds!
This quick access system was a way that Michael could change a ‘bummed out’ moment to a smile – because he memorized and recounted these times often in his thoughts.
What gives you a smile? Are you enjoying the journey of your life?
We may feel happier overall in some areas of life than others – for example, I might be feeling fulfilled in my friendships, but generally out of harmony with my physical environment (where I live). If I know the degree of discontent, I can make specific choices to see improvements in that area.
Evaluate your level of contentment with the Life Satisfaction Wheel
This wonderful tool is a circle that is sectioned off like pieces of a pie, and you can label each section with an area of your life; Spiritual Alignment, Health & Body Image, Recreation & Rest, Romance & Marriage, and more.
Using the Life Satisfaction Wheel:
- Use the suggested labels at the bottom of the page and place them on sections around the outside of the wheel.
- Note that the Satisfaction rating is 1 to 10, with 1 representing very low satisfaction and 10 representing a great sense of satisfaction.
- Look at one section at a time and evaluate your feelings of fulfillment with that area of your life. Place a dot in that section on the number that best represents your feelings.
- Once all the dots are in place around the Wheel, you can connect the dots with a continuous line around the inside of the circle. This will look a bit like a spider web, and it lets you see clearly areas that are stretching the web (high satisfaction) and areas that are contracting the web (low satisfaction).
There is something very powerful about a rating system!
When we put a number to the level of satisfaction for an area, we feel more in control of making changes going forward. It is no longer just a ‘general dissatisfaction’ feeling – it is trackable, and therefore open to change.
If I have a ‘5’ on the Life Satisfaction Wheel in the category of ‘Community Involvement,’ then I might realize that I am not doing as much in my community as I would like. Perhaps I enjoy participating in fundraiser 3-mile walks, but I have not joined a walk for over two years. Looking at the ‘5’ helps me identify that I can make some specific choices that would change that number.
Allow the Wheel to be what it is – Accept and do not get negative
It is unrealistic to believe that we will have full 9 or 10 level contentment with all areas of our life at the same time. That would go against the Law of Cycles.
Accept what the Wheel shows you once it is filled in. You are being honest with yourself and there is no room for beating yourself up later. You are not a “bad person” for having a low number in the ‘Friends and Family’ category. You are a dissatisfied person who is actively looking to improve your life experiences.
Life is constantly changing – so are your feelings about it
Doing a review every 6 months or so allows us to see what changes have occurred, and if we are on track for what we are choosing to manifest and accomplish in this lifetime.
Enjoy this tool – it is designed to help you take conscious steps toward a more satisfying experience on this planet!