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Chris LoCurto


May 11, 2011

Zig Ziglar’s Wheel of Life

Chris LoCurto, Leadership, Business, Strategic Planning, LifePlan

I am a fan of Zig Ziglar! I think he is a great man. And his kids are pretty amazing as well. The reason I believe Zig is great, is due to him dedicating his life to helping others. I would love to know the number of hours he has spent in making sure that my life can be better than it is. One of the ways he has done that is with the Wheel of Life.

The Wheel of Life is a way of showing us how we need to distribute our time, our focus, and where we need to set goals. Most of  us can focus heavily in one or a few areas. The issue with that is we leave the others unattended. When we do that, we miss out on important areas of life. If we spend too much time in a certain area, our wheel is out of round. If we don’t spend anytime in some areas, our wheel is flat.

As you look at the wheel, note what areas you’re strong in, but really take a hard look at the areas where you suffer. Here is where you need to start paying attention. If you do a great job with the career, but you suffer in the social, you’ll have a very stress filled boring life. If you knock it out of the park intellectually, but you don’t focus on your family, there won’t be much of one some day.

For me, financial is not an area where I struggle in focus or goals. (Well, duh! You work for Dave Ramsey.) But there is an area that has caused me to take a second…ok, thirtieth look, and that’s physical. You see, I was a very physical kid. I was a ski racer, football player, and joined in with what ever was available between those seasons. At twenty-one I got behind a desk and it was all downhill from there. Literally, in fact I contracted Dunlap disease. That’s where my belly dun lapped over my pants.

As I was approaching forty, I decided I needed to do something about the extra weight that I had been carrying around for so long. I figured I would just run. Surely that would take it off quickly.  I quickly found out, running at forty is painful! Especially since I had not run in like twenty years. I tried many times to just get out there and run. Needless to say, it didn’t work. I realized that I had to set goals to get this done. As I wrote in Dang This Hurts!, I had to follow a plan. (I kinda accelerated it. Not smart.) As I set goals and actually work the plan, I was able to start getting the weight off. Because of that, I’ve now run two half marathons in one month, and I can’t wait to get ready for my next one.

So simply put, as you see the areas in the wheel that are lacking your attention, spend some quality time setting goals on what it will take to get your wheel more round. As you do, you will feel more balance in your life.

Question: What areas are you going to work on? 


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  • Travis

    Chris, I took over a new team and now have trippled the amount of staff that report to me. I am looking to setup team meetings where I will provide them a growth lesson once a month. The first lesson I would like to talk to them about is the Wheel of Life? This would be a great way for me to get to know my team and how I can help them. Any suggestions? Would you be interested in talking to them for 30 minutes or so on this?

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  • Charles Specht

    Chris, I listened to a podcast today on more than a to-do list and decided to Google this article as you mentioned it. Glad I did. Excelllent stuff.

    • Chris LoCurto

      Thanks Charles!

  • Josue Molina

    It’s always refreshing coming back to this article. Thanks Chris.

    • Chris LoCurto

      My pleasure Josue!

  • Brian Staley

    My wheel of life has corners on it jutting out in odd directions. I’ve got some work to do.

    • Chris LoCurto

      HAHAHA…only you brother!

  • Ben Dempsey

    Great post. I just recently purchased my first Ziglar book “Secrets of Closing the Sell” What other books of his do you recommend getting?

    • Chris LoCurto

      I would say you should go with his Born to Win collection – Powerful stuff!

  • Paul Jolicoeur

    These are the exact areas I set goals is. Each year, I set a few measurable goals for each of these 7 areas. Sometimes I will have more specific goals in some depending on where I want to grow more in at the time. This year, I am looking to grow more in the area of social, looking to be a better people person.

    • Wesley Wiley

      THat’s great Paul!

  • Craig S. Bradshaw

    Great info–I just set goals in these areas for 2012 via Dan Miller’s goal setting plan. Here is the link: I tweaked it some though, I added a State of Union (where I am today) for each section and a “why” I want to achieve each of these goals. I have made improvement in each-up and down with my weight loss, but Monday is a new day!

    • Chris LoCurto

      I love it! Great idea!

    • textbooks

      I’ll have to check that out, and according the wheel above I have a few areas I need to pay more attention to. Thanks for the link to check out.

  • Louise Thaxton

    Great post! I am a Zig follower also – and he is a GIVER.

    I love his Wheel of Life! And maybe I have seen it before -but I don’t remember it!

    I am writing about “Seven Pillars of Success” (Wisdom has built her house on Seven Pillars) – and how we have to build our lives (our house) on seven pillars – very similar – so…way cool!

    Thanks for the post – not to crazy about the exercise and running part – it brings too much conviction to me – so….may I please ignore that for now?

    You know what they say – I’ll begin to exercise ….tomorrow….

    • Chris LoCurto

      Hahaha…yeah, they being me.

  • VickiB

    Wow – thanks for the reminder. It’s so easy to overlook some very important areas of my life. Thought provoking as always!

  • Vance

    I love Zig as well Chris. His two favorite sayings of mine “you can have whatever you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want” and “I talk 200 miles per hour with wind gusts up to 400!” have a great day! vl

    • Chris LoCurto

      hahaha…that is true! he can talk quite a bit!