I was recently at the Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Convention and had the opportunity to conduct an informal survey with hundreds of people.
Here are the 2 questions we asked:
Which area of your life is working the best?
Which area of your life is not working as well as you would like it to?
Using a Wheel of Life divided into the following categories, we asked people to think about their current level of life satisfaction:
Physical Environment (house, work space)
Personal Growth (including spirituality)
Health & Self Care (including fitness)
Family & Friends
Fun & Recreation
Most of the participants were teachers. I’m not sure whether these results would differ greatly or not with any other group of people if we asked the same questions.
Overwhelmingly, friends & family was the category in which people were the most satisfied. Hands down, health & self care and finances were the areas that were working the least well for people.
So here are some thoughts about these results:
Worrying about finances creates a lot of stress.
People can not make their best contribution to work or home if they ignore their health & self care.
Family & friends can provide a lot of support, encouragement, connection.
Too much energy taking care of friends & family can impact negatively on your own self care.
Of course there were a few people who said everything was wonderful and couldn’t be better. Hmmmm. I love seeing people who are getting great satisfaction out of their lives. And it’s too bad when people believe that nothing can get better. Settling for a good life when it can be great or a great life when it can be exceptional is still settling. It’s not about never being satisfied. It’s about stretching yourself into the most amazing life possible, even an unimaginably, outrageously fulfilling one.
How would you answer the survey questions?
What’s working & not working for you?