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Setting Goals (Part 1)

Before beginning a journey to travel to some destination, you need to decide where you want to go, what you intend do, and what you want to experience. Living Life every day as a person with a disability is the same as any other person – requiring us every day to decide how we want to proceed. Some things may happen in the day that are unplanned or out of our control; however, if we don’t decide what we want to do ahead of time, those external events will have us spinning out of control without any meaningful experiences. The best way I have found to have more successful days than unsuccessful days is start with setting goals.

The first step, before setting actual goals, is evaluating where you currently are across the different areas of your life – to hone in on what areas need the most attention. A great tool that helps do this assessment quickly is the Wheel of Life [download]


The Wheel of Life has eight sections that represent different aspects of your life. Seeing the center of the wheel as 1 and the outer edges as 10, rank your level of satisfaction with each life area by drawing a straight or curved line to create a new outer edge.

Remember – There is no right or wrong answer. These are for you to use periodically to direct where to focus for self-improvement

After you complete the ranking for all 8 areas, pick 3 areas that you would like to make changes in and fill in the questions to help you start brainstorming on how you might set some goals that will help you achieve.

Next time, we’ll review what steps and tools you can use to create goals that support where you need to focus. Setting Goals (Part 2)