We all have several aspects of our lives that affect our behaviour and how we feel. This applies to our clients too, who more often than not are paying us for advice on how we can help them change something. This will always relate to some kind of behaviour.
So how can we further assist them in their endeavour?
Well, as we have explored in previous Juicemails, we need to create benchmarks so we can analyse and monitor any changes that occur to demonstrate success. However we might also need to alter focus at times to certain areas more than others.
What do I mean by this?
Important Lessons Learnt
One of the important lessons I have learned like most of us, from getting it wrong sometimes, is to get a balance of all of the things that I are important in my life.
Having read somewhere that each of us have 4 key areas to our lives that we could imagine make up the 4 legs of a chair. If we don’t pay attention to one of these areas the balance of the chair can falter. This might result in feelings or behaviours that we don’t want.
So I decided to define mine, then I started analysing the ‘quality’ of each along with how much attention I was paying to them.
Now the titles you give to your 4 legs may well differ to mine and that’s perfectly fine, they need to be relevant. The ‘quantity’ of focus you wish to apply to each is also likely to differ for each of us. But we should all consider just how happy we are in each of these areas and what we might be able to do to improve the ones we may neglect.
The Process For Our Clients
Anything that is systemised can be taught so this method can be an awesome tool to help our clients understand how their behaviours and decisions can affect their results.
So to create awareness first of all we would ask them to write down the 4 key areas of their life.
Here is an example of my 4 legs of life;
- Healthy nutrition
Examples of legs of life could be… Friends, finances, health, spirituality, religion, personal development, contribution and many more.
Analysing The Data
Then trying to understand how happy we are with each, maybe scoring them from 1-10 on how happy we are with them.
When we are able to score our 4 legs of life we can then address any discrepancy we find. This is vital in creating balance allowing us to focus on behaviours we desire rather than defaulting to behaviours that make us feel bad or sad or low in confidence.
But what is a 10/10 you might be thinking?
It’s whatever you want it to be. What would a 10/10 look like for you? it might help to write that down. Then you can score yourself based on that.
Balance does not mean spending an equal amount of time on each one. What we are looking for here is how you feel you are doing in those areas.
The Next Steps
Now that you have scored yourself, what do you do next. Well, I would say look at your 10/10 goal, then look at what you are doing now. What needs to happen to turn that 6 into a 7 for example? Don’t look at the major things, look at the things you can do now to move you towards that 10.
And then go do it!
If you don’t know what you need to do, then there is this really cool thing called Google. We use it for everything right? But the truth is there is so much knowledge out there in the world for free. Or go grab a book or 4 on the subject, get a coach, find someone who you consider a 10/10 and ask them how they do it. Go and LEARN! We spoke about this last time when it came to writing a plan to improve.
What You Think, You Feel
There is growing evidence that proves where ever we focus our attention is where we can create change. If we are not aware of what needs our attention how can we focus on it?
Designing our 4 legs of life scorecard allows us to invest time and focus where it is required.
Why not try this out for yourself first?
Then let me know how it goes and then try it for your clients too.
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