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Mind Alchemy Day 1 "“ Wheel of Life
Welcome to the first day of Mind Alchemy "“ A course which is hopefully going to transform the way you think and infuse your mind with thoughts that will move your life forward, and help you to look at the world a little differently from what you are used to doing.
We are going to kick off the course by looking at where we are at this moment and time in our lives; We can't move toward the things we want in life if we don't know where we are just now.
I first started using the "˜Wheel of Life' when I attended a seminar by Jack Black about 15 years ago. I found it extremely useful to give me a visual representation of where my life was at a particular moment and time.
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Start by downloading this excel file: Wheel of Life
If you don't have Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice download the PDF version here
On the bottom left hand side of the excel sheet you will see the eight areas of your life we are going to focus on throughout this course. There is a dropdown box to score yourself out of 10. When you score yourself the line on the wheel of life will automatically change. Once you have completed the scoring you should see something like this:
Health "“ This is obviously to do with how healthy you are at the moment: do you get enough exercise, do you have any detrimental habits that could harm you, do you eat well, do you have a lot of energy, are you stressed.
Money "“ How are your finances at the moment. Do you have savings, do you live from month to month, do you have plans put in place for the future, do you have a lot of debt.
Family "“ How is your family life just now: Do you spend enough time with your family, do you make time for special days, is it quality time you spend with them, do you call family up often.
Personal development "“ Are you spending time on your own development: Do you spend time improving your mind with activities, reading books, going to seminars, participating in online courses J, feeding your mind with quality information.
Career "“ Are you satisfied with your chosen career path: do you like your job, could you do more at work to make you feel satisfied, are you studying the right course at university or college to get you to where you want to be, are you spending too much time at work.
Recreation "“ Do you spend enough time doing the things you enjoy in life: do you watch too much TV, do you read a lot, do you get out of the house enough, do you spend recreation time with your kids or family
Spirituality "“ how is your spiritual life: this is not necessarily to do with religion it's to do with feeding your soul, your spirit, are you getting enough joy into your life, are you inspired.
Outcomes – Do you have aspirations for the future. Are you actively working towards them.
Look at each area above and instinctively give yourself a score out of 10 for each area. The trick to doing this is to listen to your instinct and try not to think about it too much. What will happen is you will think of a score for your area and you'll immediately get a feel if that score truly represents that particular area of your life. There is no point in pretending that an area of your life is going okay with a score of 8,9,10 if you know there is a lot of improvement needed in that area; be honest with yourself and admit that there might be issues in that area, that is what we are going to rectify with this course, so be as honest as possible as you are the only one who is going to see your scores.
Save your Wheel of Life
Once you have completed the "˜wheel of Life' you can either save it to a special folder on your computer (if you don't know how to do this, go to the bottom of the excel file and you'll see a tab called "˜Instructions', this will tell you how to save it to your computer desktop). Or, you can print it out and store all of the Mind Alchemy course in your physical folder.
Doing this will get you thinking about your life just now and these thoughts are the start of something bigger. Your mind will start working on ways to improve the different areas of your life and work, subconsciously, on how to improve them. You already know what to do, however because you may not have thought about it before you wouldn't have known how good/bad your life was in all the different areas.
Consciously think about the different areas of your life throughout the day to keep you focused, and ask yourself how you can improve the low scoring areas. We'll be discussing this more later on in the course.
That's it for day 1, a relatively easy start to the course, but something that is extremely valuable and useful for the next 27 days ahead as we will be referring to your "˜Wheel of Life' often.
Tomorrow we will be working on finding out what you 'Motivation Direction' is and how you can use it to reach your outcomes quicker. Until tomorrow my fellow Mind Alchemists"¦"¦..
Action follows a thought"¦
This course is about taking action, and to become pro active in changing your life. Take time to do this exercise and really think about it throughout the day. You don't need to wait until tomorrow to take steps to improve your "˜Wheel of Life', but with the support and encouragement from all the members we can help each other and support each other, but ultimately "˜you have to bring something to the table!'
As always it's good to talk about your experiences and share it with the rest of the members of the course, so let us know how this exercise went for you and if you gained any insights or had any revelations about yourself or your life.