Coaching Tools 101: 12 Awesome New Ways to use The Wheel of Life in Your Coaching Practice

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The New Wheel of Life Tool

The "Wheel of Life" is a powerful coaching tool - and can be used in many different ways! In fact it may just be the best and most flexible coaching tool in our coaching toolbox - and that's why I wrote this article chock-full of new ideas of how you can use our Free "The Wheel of Life" in your coaching practice!

PLEASE NOTE: We have two Free Wheels of Life! 1) Our completely customisable "Blank" Wheel of Life and 2) We also offer a Wheel of Life with 8 pre-labelled segments for a balanced life.

Learn everything you need to know about this powerful coaching tool from The Complete Guide to the Wheel of Life.

As coaches, I think we get so used to seeing "The Wheel of Life" that we switch off. Oh - that old thing - AGAIN! But, while The Wheel of Life is 'old hat' to us, it's still new for most of our clients. So, apart from the common use of this coaching exercise to look at life balance, how else can we use The Wheel of Life to help our clients? Well, here are some suggestions (and we'd love to hear what you do  just comment below):

1) The Wheel of Stress (or Wheel of Frustration)

Start with our Free Blank Wheel and ask your clients to list the top 8 areas that stress them out or frustrate them most. And then ask them to score each area out of 10 as to how much it adds to the stress in their life. Then of course, review the results with them.

Tip: Ask, which area frustrates or stresses them out the most? Are there any surprises? How could they lower their scores? What actions could they take?

2) The Wheel of Progress

When used on a regular basis The Wheel of Life is excellent to help your clients see how far they've come. Use it monthly or quarterly with your clients, as both a check-in to see how they're doing AND as a way for them to see how they've improved and grown. Improved scores demonstrate concrete value from coaching and provide a discussion point to help clients see their learnings and progression. 

Tip: It's a bit like looking back over an old journal and seeing how far you've come!

3) The Wheel of Happiness, Fun or even Excitement!

Does your client need help to create more happiness, fun or excitement in their life? Well, ask them to identify 8 areas or things that are fun or make them excited or happy. There are different ways to score this - you could ask them to score how satisfied they are with each area, or how MUCH each area excites them, or how much they WANT to 'do' or feel drawn to each area. It depends on  the labels you've used. Then ask your client for an action or commitment for each segment.

Tip: Ask what they notice. How could they bring more of each segment into their lives? Help them find multiple wins - where one action raises their score across a number of areas. Love this? You may also like "What Makes My Heart Sing?"

4) Get a Deeper Understanding - in any area

Use the wheel to drill down into each area and help your clients understand their lives and issues more deeply. So, take one of the segments and ask them to write out a further 8 areas that make up that segment for them. Eg. a 'Finance' wheel could include saving for a house, budgeting, focusing on buying needs and not wants, saving for a rainy day, paying off debts, getting a pay-rise etc.

Tip: This is great homework - to identify areas to bring to the session and work on.

5) The Wheel of Self-Compassion

There are few of us who couldn't do with more self-compassion. Ask for 8 areas where your client could be more kind or compassionate with themselves. Get them to score HOW compassionate they are currently - and to identify an action for the top 3 areas that need kindness or compassion most.

Tip: Try this one on yourself. Where do YOU need to be kinder with yourself?

6) Set More Meaningful Goals

The Wheel of Life is a great way to help a client who is struggling to identify goals. Low scores point to areas where a goal could be identified to raise their score. And high scores suggest areas where a goal could really BOOST your client and skyrocket them in their lives. When we work on where we're already doing well - this spins off into other areas in our lives and lifts them too.

Tip: This is great for business and career/executive coaches - to ease clients into thinking about their personal lives - which we know will, of course, benefit their careers and businesses in the long run.

Click here for more on How to Set Meaningful Goals with the Wheel of Life

7) The Wheel of Priorities

Ask your client to label their Top 8 priorities - across work, home, relationships - basically their priorities in life overall. First, ask them to identify their Top 3 priorities. Then ask them to score their satisfaction out of 10 for all the areas. This approach can also be used to look at a specific area of life eg. career, finances or even to prioritise goals!

Tip: What do they notice? How does the score for their Top 3 priorities compare to the lower priorities? Do they have their priorities 'straight' or do they need to shift their focus? What actions could they take?

8) The Wheel of Sales (or Wheel of Marketing)

A wheel can also be used to help identify actions rather than identify and score 'areas' to work on. So, take a blank wheel and ask your clients to identify sales or marketing actions to complete in the next month (or key actions to complete in the coming year). I recommend having a Sales Wheel AND a Marketing Wheel as although they're related they are different disciplines.

Tip: You could also pre-fill some of the wheel for them so a Marketing Wheel might include social media, networking, advertising, workshops, a newsletter and a Sales Wheel might include clarifying a sales process or funnel, writing a script for complimentary sessions, calling enquiries back, creating an entry level product, reading about Sales. You might like to try this one for your coaching practice...

9) The "Skills and Knowledge Gap" Wheel

What are the Top 8 skills and knowledge gaps your client has that gets in the way of that job, promotion or new career? Ask your client to identify their gaps and then to score out of 10 where they are on the road to filling this gap. Finally identify action next steps for each 'gap'.

Tip: It helps to clarify whether each 'gap' is a skill or knowledge gap. AND it's also important to do a 'sanity' check that the gap is  fillable and that it's a skill they are able or WANT to fill!

10) General Action Planning

The visual wheel format is also great to make action planning more fun. So, using a blank wheel, write the goal or required outcome at the top of the page. Then ask your client to write out the next 8 actions or chunks of work that make up their goal.

Tip: If you get them to put a date against each action - they can then use the 'pieces of pie' to record the % complete for each area! Using a wheel is also a great way to BREAK DOWN bigger actions into smaller more manageable chunks.

11) The Relationships Wheel

This is a wheel ABOUT relationships. Ask your client to list the 8 people that most energise or drain them and then score HOW energised or drained they feel after spending time with them. Then ask what they notice.

Tip: Ask them what % of their time they currently spend with each person. For the energising people you could ask how they could spend MORE time with them? And for the drainers you could ask how they could spend less time - or change the way they spend time with them. Love this? You may also like our "Detox Your Relationships" Coaching Tool.

12) The "Finding Love" Wheel

Our final suggestion is to help your clients identify what they are looking for in a relationship. Ask your client to take the blank wheel and label the pieces of pie with the 8 essential qualities their  ideal partner would have. Then ask them to score how IMPORTANT out of 10 each quality is. This will help them identify which qualities are MOST valuable.

Tip: It's a good idea to set this one as homework and encourage them to think broadly about qualities that are REALLY important in a LIFE partner. And, depending on your client, by giving them a few examples to start with like "good listener", "kind", "spiritual" can get them thinking beyond "tall" or "good looking".

So, obviously you can use as many segments as you like on your wheels, you're not limited to 8 wheel segments - but it is easy to divide the wheel up this way!

Final Tip: And whatever we've used the wheel for I like to ask this question when complete, "So, if this wheel represented your life/relationship/career/marketing strategy, is it a bumpy ride?"


I hope this has given you some new ideas for using "The Wheel of Life" in your coaching practice. Why not give one a try - it's wheely good! 

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And we'd LOVE to hear how YOU use The Wheel of Life - just comment on this post below!

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  1. Kimberley Lovell

    As a Business Mentor, I often use the wheel of life to help clients look at their business. We look at Niche, Brand, Sales, Marketing, Speaking, Products, Services, Programmes, as well as use it for goal setting. It's a fantastic visual tool for gaining clarity and instant overview.

    • Emma-Louise

      Thanks Kimberley! I think the Wheel of Life is hugely undervalued - so it's great to hear of coaches using it in niche areas!!! Warmly, EL

  2. Sara Gould

    I believed that this is a very functional tool no matter how old it is or not for some coaches. It is always something new for anyone that have not had the opportunity to apply it. If you are creative in its use you can help a lot of people with it. For example, I used once in a lesson study in my church to make people look deep inside pertaining our behaviour as believers in God. This was just a review of the spiritual part of ourselves.

    • Emma-Louise

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Sara.

      I am so glad you are a fan of this cool tool. And it's always good to hear it being used in different ways 🙂

      Warmly, Emma-Louise

  3. Alex Jungermann

    I use the wheel as a "time spent" assessment tool.

    * Ask the client to list 8 recurring activities
    * How much time do you spend on each of them?
    * What are the areas you would like to increase or decrease the time you dedicate?

    And right to action steps to make the increase / decrease happen

  4. Rachel Schaming

    Thank you so much Emma-Louise. When I see an email from you in my inbox, I do so look forward to opening it - it's like receiving a communication from a wonderful friend.

    Your work is so helpful and inspiring. I find myself thinking bigger, bolder and boundless.

    All the best for a fantastic 2017.

    • Emma-Louise

      Dear Rachel, thank-you so much for your LOVELY comment 🙂 It made my day! Wishing you a wonderful 2017 too. Warmly, Emma-Louise

  5. Kathy Damas

    Hi Emma-Louise,

    I'm beyond thrilled to have recently discovered your site and tools! As a health coach, I'm adapting many of them with ease to use in my new 1:1 work. I was especially thrilled to find the Wheel of Life template as I'm preparing to give a short talk at a health clinic about Balancing Your Wellness Wheel in a couple of weeks. This is making my work so much easier!

    Thank you for all you do.

  6. Verlene Cromwell

    Your program is really simple, affordable, and not stressful, You are amazing!!! I would definitely use all your tools, for my coaching. This is exactly what I've looking for. I'm just getting started.
    Thanks a bunch.

  7. Aisshvarya Shah

    Hi Emma-Louise,
    Love your resources! Thanks a ton for contributing to the coaching community, you inspire me.
    I recently used the wheel as a frame to help a team take stock of where they are on multiple aspirations that they prioritised that they want to focus on. And when they noticed that the spokes for the different aspirations were differing in length, they realized that this is going to be a ‘bumpy ride’ for all, if they continue this way and what emerged as a solution was to distribute action accountability among themselves to ensure that they are seeing progress on all the aspirations.
    Your inspiration has worked and sparked ‘contribution’ within me.

  8. Sanjay Sinha

    Hi Emma, You are right we most often tend to forget the "Wheel of Life" as one of the important tools for coaching thinking that this is the Old way of doing coaching but, this is the one of the important tool . Thanks. Regards,

  9. Jill Atkinson

    I love your website. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your tools. I am a coach and a leadership development facilitator and they enrich my practice hugely.

    • mturcott

      You're most welcome, Christos! We're so glad you're enjoying our coaching resources 🙂
      Warmly, Mary

    • Michela Phillips

      You are most welcome, Lalitha! We're very glad you're enjoying the resources!
      - Kindly, Michela

  10. Cher Anderson

    Great article & ideas to further leverage this fabulous tool! thank you!!

    • Michela Phillips

      You are most welcome, Cher! Glad you enjoyed the article 🙂
      - Kindly, Michela


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