The Values Wheel as a Life “MOT”
In the spirit of continuing the analogy of the car I mentioned earlier, you wouldn’t drive your car without regularly servicing it, checking it for faults and getting an annual MOT to check its roadworthiness.
Side note: for those folks not in the UK, an MOT is an annual safety and emissions inspection that all vehicles over three years old have to go through.
The first version of the Values Wheel could be considered along the same lines – an opportunity to kick the tyres, to check your life to see how it stacks up against your CPVs and to see where work might be needed to bring it up to spec.
The Values Wheel below represents Valerie evaluating her overall life against her CPVs. This is a fairly broad-brush approach to the Values Wheel, but the benefits are seen in getting an overall view of where things are notably below where you would like them to be, and thus, where to focus your explorations further.
Valerie has given each CPV a score from 1 to 10, showing the extent to which she is honouring each value in her life. Where certain CPVs have scored below 6/7, she has identified some actions that could help address the lower scores.
Pro Tip: Setting goals and actions as a result of working with the Values Wheel are vital to making changes in your life. In and of itself it’s a useful exercise to go through, but without actions that help create any desired changes in your life, it will be consigned to the same fate as every self-help book ever bought – gathering dust on the bookshelf. You might like to consider working with a coach in these areas – I can recommend a great one!
The second completed Values Wheel represents Valerie evaluating her social life against her CPVs. She chose this to look more closely at, as her scores for Freedom and Belonging were pretty low in her broad-brush view and she wants to dig further into this. It feels like a place where these values could be more easily nurtured than in some others area so could be a good place to start. Valerie has scored each CPV from 1 to 10 again, but this time, specifically in relation to her social life.
I’m sure you can now see how adaptable the Values Wheel is - it can be used across a broad spectrum of areas of your life and in essence, when combined with the areas on the Wheel of Life, it is a pretty powerful tool.
Pro Tip#2: Your Top 3 Compass Values are key here. When you use the Values Wheel in the way described above, if one or more of your Compass Values score poorly – focus here first!