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The balance wheel more popularly known as the wheel of life is a simple and powerful assessment tool that is used in counseling and coaching. It is one of the best tools for self-reflection as it allows you to see how balanced your life is visually. Most people love visuals. Unlike words, visual pictures are easy to understand.  This tool keeps everything in one place and allows you to see how you are functioning in the key areas of your life, all in one simple worksheet. You’ll get the opportunity to reflect on how fulfilled and satisfied you are in different areas of your life. With this information, you can readjust and set new goals in areas where you aren’t fulfilled to improve life balance. This tool will help you become your own growth coach. Categories of the balance wheel Your wheel of life can contain as many as ten…

Research says a brilliant, lasting relationship boils down to a couple of things. And I have seen how this applies not only to romantic relationships, but to friendships and family relationships also, despite the fact that most of the research I share below was based on the science of marital therapy. So don’t skip this article because you’re not currently in a romantic relationship, marriage or partnership, I promise there will be something here for you too! With that said, the reigning King of Marriage Research, Professor John Gottman is the one we turn to for all things relationships. He did the research, got the data and wrote the book: The Marriage Clinic: A Scientifically Based Marital Therapy. He knows what produces lasting brilliant relationships and what dooms them. And as I say, I have seen how this has been applied in my own family, and I’m not talking romance here. …

I promised myself I’d end procrastination. But that I’d get to it last week, and then this week and now I’m heading into next week. And if you think I might have something of a procrastination problem…well that can’t be…I’ve recovered from this condition.  Haven’t I? Maybe it’s an inherent part of the human condition that just needs to be managed. Perhaps I’m unable to end procrastination because it’s become a horrible habit. Maybe I have strong beliefs in procrastination…well that’s got to be true. If it weren’t somewhere in the depths of my consciousness I wouldn’t experience it. Maybe it’s a mass consciousness thingy that we’ve all consented to. We’re all at it, procrastinating I mean. We’ll get to it tomorrow…right? One soon day I’ll organize that awful mess that I call my junk drawer…it’s not that important that I can’t find the ‘whatnot’ I’ve been searching for since…

Filled with an unexpected and unusual organizational frenzy, I cleaned up my e-mails on Saturday..and promptly lost every blooming one.  I didn’t exactly delete them, they seemed to disappear into the ether somewhere.  Not the great result I was looking for. They were probably occupying the same space with all the odd socks that have mysteriously disappeared over the years.  Don’t you hate it when that happens? I panicked…it’s my go-to mode when the inexplicable happens.  I knew I had important unanswered e-mails sitting somewhere and I wanted them back.  Like now. And eventually I fell back on tried and true methods to be revealed later… Panic I was reminded of this today when I met with a friend who was frantically trying to gain access to a site that held a vital e-mail list.  She was sooooo ticked off,  steam coming out of her ears and a progressive annoyance…

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