Technical Sheet

Activity IdentificationDimensionNumber of ParticipantsDuration (minutes)
3 My life values – Wheel of life Self-assessmentSELF KNOWLEDGE8 - 1230

The aim of the Activity

To motivate the participants to reflect upon their present situation, upon various areas of life and to what extent they are satisfied with each of these areas.

Based on these reflections, the participants should prioritise one or two areas in their life to work on and improve by identifying and understanding the driving force of their values and motivations, setting specific goals and focus points for their future lives.

A clear view of which areas in life are in need of attention and change makes the accomplishment of the change wanted and seeking it, more accessible.


Print out the handout 3 The Wheel of Life. One for each participant, if the exercise is not guided by the facilitator.


By completing the Wheel of Life activity, the participants get a snapshot of their present satisfaction of the different domains in life.

Participants with language barriers need to be guided through the exercise by the facilitator.

Participants without language barriers, or advanced learners, can fill in the wheel on their own with help from the guidelines in the handout.

  1. Present and talk about different examples of areas in life with the participants. G., family, health etc. Look at the “handout for advanced participants’ for more examples. The facilitator and the participants can include more areas.
  2. Ask each participant to select eight areas to represent areas of importance in their lives and place them on the wheel.
  3. When placed each participant must score how satisfied they are with the present situation in each area. The score ranks on a scale from 1 to 10. 10 means the participant is fully satisfied with the area and sees no need for changes. 1 means that the participant is not satisfied and sees a need for change in this area.
  4. Based on the score, participants should draw a line following the chosen scores. This creates a visual image of how their life is balanced. Let participants have a moment to reflect upon the image.
  5. Finally, participants choose one area that they would like to improve and make a plan of action for doing so.  Look at the ‘Handout for advanced participants’ for the guiding question that will help the participant formulate a plan.

[caption id="attachment_640" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Example of a fill out wheel of life Example of a fill out wheel of life[/caption]

Observations / Suggestions

The ‘Wheel of life’ can be introduced as a first value exercise in the programme. Low cost option: ask the participants to draw the wheel on a piece of blank paper.

Source / Links / Further Information

For more information read the supporting sheet: ‘List of values* inspired by the theory of Basic Human Values. Schwartz, S. H. (1992, 2006) “An Overview of the Schwartz Theory of Basic Values”