Wheel Of Life Exercise, What Questions To Ask


The wheel of life technique is a famous coaching tool. Many coaches know off the technique but don’t always know what question to ask the client. This article is design to help coaches get the most out of The Wheel of Life Exercise.

Ask the client to draw a circle and to add several spokes to the wheel that represents all the important elements of their life (this techniques can be used on just one aspect of their life IE Career, Relationships, Health, etc) these can be both positive and negative.

Tell your client:

1. On each spoke of the wheel, label it with an area of your life; career, family, relationships, etc

2. You can record anything on your spokes, we have added an example, but it is for you to record what you feel is important in your life. Often people record what they consider are their roles; mother/father, team member, friend, leader or areas they would like to improve; education, job prospects, relationships

3. If needed add extra spokes to the wheel, many people have between 6-12 spokes

4. Draw a line on each spoke and label this between 1 and 10 – this will be your scale

5. Take each spoke in turn and take a few seconds to think about this area of your life and on a scale between 1 and 10, with 1 being the lowest (worst) and 10 being the highest (best) “how happy are you with this area of your life?” “what number would you scale this area of your life between 1 and 10?”

6. Add your score to the spoke and ask yourself the questions below for each individual spoke; many people find it useful to record their answers on the wheel

7. “Have you ever been higher than the number you have recorded?”

8. “What was different when you were higher up the scale?”

9. “What was actually happening when you were higher up the scale?”

10. “Have you ever been lower than the number you have recorded?”

11. “What did you do to move up the scale?”

12. “What have you learnt from previously being lower on the scale?”

13. “What number on the scale do you want to be?”

14. “What actions can you take to start moving up the scale?”

15. “If you moved up the scale, what will be happening to tell you that you have arrived at that number?”

16. “What would need to happen for you to move up one point on the scale by this time next week?”

17. “What might affect you moving up the scale?”

18. “What can you do the overcome this obstacle – how can you prepare?”


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