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How Do You Roll?

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Imagine your life as a bicycle wheel. With each spoke representing a key aspect within your life. Although the spokes are all independent of each other, they are also interdependent on each other. A balanced wheel rolls smoothly and freely with minimal stress and tension on the entire wheel and can roll seemingly endlessly with only the gradual, graceful, natural wear and tear. If spokes are missing, broken or worn, the wheel can continue to roll, however with more stress on the wheel, increased chance of a crash, and certainly less life of the tire. The goal of this exercise is to construct a figurative wheel from the hub out. This visual exercise will provide us with a quasi-objective starting point to grow from in your pursuit of Oola.

THE HUB

The hub of the wheel is the key. It is the base, the foundation, the core from which everything else emanates. Without a solid and secure hub, even with perfectly balanced spokes, the wheel will ultimately fail. What is your hub? This is your question to ponder. What is the foundation on which your life is built? I would challenge you to consider that if you would identify your hub as set in self, occupation, or money, that it is misdirected. Not to belittle the importance of self, occupation, or money, they are all an integral part of a balanced life, however they would make better spokes than a hub. In full personal transparency, in my twenties I tried using “self” as my hub. In my thirties, although my wheel was rolling fine, I thought an upgrade might be the “occupation/money” hub. Again, it rolled fine, but not optimally. Now in my forties, I have upgraded to the “faith” hub. I must say, for me personally, it is by far the most solid base to date. It provides me with a point of reference for each spoke and additionally a value system and moral compass to guide my rolling wheel. Again, however, this is a personal analysis and decision, it is just important for this exercise that you identify what is your current hub. And, more importantly, if you are not happy with what is serving as your base, change it, before we get to the next step.

NAME YOUR SPOKES

The second step it to identify your individual spokes. In other words, take some time of deep introspection to reflect on your life and what truly is of value. Although this should be completely personal and will vary from person to person, I am a huge fan of “The 7 F’s of Oola”: fitness (health and wellness), family, finance, field (career), faith, friends and fun.

GRADE YOUR SPOKES

The next step is to quantify each spoke. Imagine that each spoke is ten inches long. Now, using the inches of each spoke as a visual guide, use 0-10 to grade each aspect of importance within your life. Zero is completely absent, ten is it couldn’t possibly be any better. For example, Warren Buffet should likely grade his FINANCIAL spoke a 10, while 24 year old college sophomore living in his parents basement selling plasma once a month for income could rate FIELD a 1 (and that may be optimistic).

CUT YOUR SPOKES

Now, let’s put a pencil to paper and draw your hub. Or if you prefer, go to www.oolamoola.com and create your Oola Wheel on-line. Next, draw each spoke coming off the hub. Label each spoke and only draw the relative length as you graded them.

CONNECT THE DOTS

Now simply connect the dots!

HOW DO YOU ROLL?

Everything of importance is illustrated in the wheel you just created. If we installed this on Lance Armstrong’s competition bike, how would it roll? If is perfectly smooth and would win the Tour De France, congratulations, you have surpassed this author in your pursuit of balance. Click off this blog, and go out and enjoy your beautiful, balanced life. If not, if wheel you created would roll, but with difficulty, cluck along, or fall off, check back often and we will help you get grow and balance your life. We will help you discover Oola! We are committed to helping you Jack Up Your Oola!

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Co-Author of "Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World." Why listen to the OolaGuru? Need some street cred? Believe in "show me, don't tell me?" Some highlights:
OolaFitness: Ironman
OolaFinance: Completely debt and financially free by age 40
OolaFamily: Married 20+ years to his kindergarten classmate, 4 beautiful kids
OolaField: Formally retired at age 42. Now does only what he wants only when he wants to be
OolaFaith: Yet not the man he wants to be, but grateful he is not the man he used to be
OolaFriends: Let's just say he is networked
OolaFun: Travel is his passion. 53 countries and counting . . .