A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Ziglar’s Wheel of Life

How many times have I referenced the Wheel, and yet I’ve never really explained it or why I value it so much.*
Ziglar’s Wheel reminds us of the importance of leading a balanced life. Seven categories, all valuable and all needing a portion of our attention. You can’t spend too much of your time in just one area without repercussions. Ignore any one category entirely, and be prepared to suffer loss well beyond it.

Think of each area of the Wheel as the sides of a container – like a barrel or a cistern – that you’re trying to fill. You’re going to find capacity limited to the height of the side that you’ve built up the least. And if you spend no time building up any one category, you won’t be able to fill it at all, no matter how tall the remaining sides are.

Now, at the risk of sacrificing that analogy, I do have one criticism of the Wheel. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great tool, and you would do well to implement it just as it is. When I’m setting up goals for the future (whether it’s for one year, five years or thirty years) I always use the Wheel as my primary structure. But there’s a danger inherent to it’s design that requires me to make one change when I think about it:

Everything is spiritual. Being spiritual isn’t something that can be contained within four poorly drawn boundaries. And it’s true that each category can overlap with the others here and there, but, if you dig down, being spiritual actually encompasses every category.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

– Colossians 3:17

  • Career – When we are working, the products and services we produce are serving other people, even when a profit is earned. Being diligent and honest and glad in our work is pleasing to God. Finding and pursuing the career that best suits you is a spiritual endeavor. (Proverbs 22:6)
  • Financial – The money we have been given throughout our lives, no matter amount or the source, is a responsibility for us to manage and improve. Being financially responsible to our families and the future is spiritual. (Matthew 25:14-30)
  • Social – Other people are in our lives to give us opportunities to serve one another. To be generous. To challenge one another and grow together. Becoming amicable, and having a growing circle of friends is spiritual. (Proverbs 18:1)
  • Intellectual – Becoming wise doesn’t come from being anti-intellectual. We should be constantly learning. We shouldn’t fear math, or science, or literature, or art, or history. Just like money, our mind is a resource to manage and grow. Seeking wisdom and knowledge is spiritual. (Proverbs 18:15)
  • Physical – And our body is a resource we’ve been given to manage, too. Being physically strong and healthy is spiritual (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
  • Family – Is your spouse a healthier, better, holier person because of your marriage? Are you serving them? What about your kids? Do you know why they’re in your life? Being a responsible parent, and fulfilling your role in marriage is spiritual. (Ephesians 5:33)

Of course, that doesn’t mean we can neglect spiritual things and just build up each of those other categories. We have to spend a equal amount of time focused strictly on the spiritual in our lives. We need to make some goals around growing spiritually. It can help, though, if we teach ourselves the right approach to each of the other areas of our life, so they can accentuate that growth.

So, go build your life. Be honest about which categories could use some work, and set some goals to improve them. Gain some balance and become a fuller person. And remember that it’s all a part of loving God.

* No, really. How many times have I mentioned it and linked to it? Go find out and post it in the comments.

May 21, 2013 Posted by | Christ and Church, Marriage and Family, Past and Future, Work and Money | , , , , | 3 Comments

Quick Hits: Learn to spot fools. The importance of the advice asterisk. Fascinating micro-homes.

  • In Italiano: Punzoni VelociHave you ever worked with a fool? I’ve worked a with a couple, but it took me while to figure out what I was dealing with. It was one of those situations where my bad judgment at the time has taught me better judgment to use now. Here, skip a step. Learn these 12 ways to spot a fool. And when you’ve identified a fool, treat them like one.
  • *Understand that treating your fool boss like a fool will probably get you fired. And treating a fool policeman like a fool will probably get you arrested, at best.


May 20, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Are You Stuck at Work?

Michael Hyatt’s blog has been a part of my daily trawl for a couple of years. When he started podcasting last year, I hesitated adding him because I was already a bit overwhelmed with all of the media I was taking in, and I didn’t think adding one more voice to the pile would gain me much. That might have been the right decision at the time, but when I cleaned house earlier this year, I intentionally made room to start listening to him. This post is inspired by his podcast from April 10 on the 3 components of job satisfaction.

There are three basic components to that must be present to be satisfied with your work. You must be competent at your work. You must have a market for your work. You must have passion for your work. With all three of those, you hit the sweet spot. That can be awesome.

Having only two of those, though, isn’t so awesome. Those zones will only lead to building frustration, and it makes your life a struggle.

Three components of work.

There’s a difference, however, between those three zones that we have to recognize. The upper left and upper right zones (hobby and failure respectively) both have fairly short life-spans as a career. Staying in those zones is discouraged by a lack of income.

That bottom middle zone, though. Boredom? You can settle down and live there. Pretty comfortably, too. And most of us do.

And that’s where the trouble starts.

We lie to ourselves and say that work is supposed to be frustrating, and we can pursue our passion when we’re not at work, or after we retire. We medicate our discontent with spending, maybe even driving ourselves into debt while chasing happiness. And it only gets worse from there.

And I know. I live in the bottom middle. I’m very competent at my day job and boy howdy is there a market for my services, but I’ve got almost no passion for it. There’s a bunch of reasons why that is, but needless to say, I’ve topped out on my job growth. I’m stuck.

Most people understand that they enjoy greater success when they feel good about their activities. […] Helping your mind to know and believe that what you do professionally is good, noble, and worthwhile in itself helps to fuel your energies and propel your efforts.

If you feel really good about your profession, you sweep others along with you on the waves of your enthusiasm for what you do. You will become known for telling entertaining accounts of amusing incidents in your professional life. Stories about events in your business day can inspire others, and they will be moved by poignant interactions you relate. These natural and positive aspects of your public persona flow inevitably from feeling pride and passion for your work.

– Rabbi Daniel Lapin

In order for you to have a chance at real success, there has to be passion. And if you don’t have passion, it shows, because boredom isn’t inspiring or engaging. Either become more passionate about the work you’re doing, or begin the process of transitioning to something where you have all three components. It’s either that, or stay stuck.

May 15, 2013 Posted by | Past and Future, Work and Money | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Are You Stuck at Work?

Quick Hits: US military spending still huge. The trial of the rainbow igloo. On GM food, a hit not so quick.

  • There are two things I love about this story. When her daughter brought home her boyfriend for the Christmas holiday, this Mom came up with a significant trial to test what could be her future son-in-law. That is brilliant. Even more brilliant was that the trial was to build a rainbow igloo out of colored ice blocks. He succeeded.
  • I’m going to go a little long with this one. Apologies in advance.

I don’t think I can go a day without seeing some genetically modified (GM) food propaganda on facebook these days. It might say something about the kinds of friends I have, but I think it also has a lot to do with how quickly the fear of food science is spreading around the world. And it’s all about fear, and not about education. I know this because most of those who spread the propaganda can’t answer two questions.

First: Who is Norman Borlaug? Most people have never heard of him or his work with genetically modified wheat, and that’s a tragedy. Everyone should know about the work he did.

Second: What does Mark Lynas, who helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, have to say about it now? Oh, allow me to quote:

“This was the most successful campaign I have ever been involved with. This was also explicitly an anti-science movement.”

“[T]his absolutely was about deep-seated fears of scientific powers being used secretly for unnatural ends.”

“I discovered that one by one my cherished beliefs about GM turned out to be little more than green urban myths.”

Seriously, go read , or watch the lecture, and listen to what one of the founders of the movement is saying about it today. It’s, dare I say, educating and even well-researched.

I’m not going to force you (or even tell you) to eat GM foods. I don’t really have a problem with discretely labeling them as such. I would appreciate the same courtesy in return, though, because it’s none of your business what my family eats. You might say that I’m risking lives by not opposing GM foods, and I say right back at you. You might think that I’m not scared enough about what might happen, but I believe that we are living in an amazing time of history, and were all too busy being scared by empty shadows to really enjoy it.

So, show a little healthy skepticism, folks. The world isn’t out to get you, and science is still pretty beneficial, even when it’s in our food.

May 9, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits: US military spending still huge. The trial of the rainbow igloo. On GM food, a hit not so quick.