Draw a pie chart and fill in the slices with the different domains of your life (e.g. relationships, work/school, health, spirituality, etc.). It will resemble a bicycle tire. If you neglect any of these areas the tire goes flat and you don't get very far.
Last January I attended the Entreleadership Performance Series conference and we looked at the following areas of our lives: career, financial, intellectual, spiritual, physical, family, social. When I got home I took a 3×5 index card and wrote down the the categories and set 2 goals for the year in each one. Every week I checked in with myself on those goals. This worked so well I did it again this year.
The first thing I noticed was how easy it was for me to come up with goals in certain categories, and that it was a real struggle in others. I had a flat tire. Once aware, I had the opportunity to repair my tire and keep it inflated all year long.
For me, the biggest challenge is to stick to my goals socially and spiritually – the areas I tend to neglect when I get busy or distracted with other things. For example, I'm not naturally a very social person, so I have to be very intentional in that area to make sure I'm not working too much or wearing myself out physically to the point that I'm too exhausted to do anything social.
Is your tire flat? Are you out of balance in your life?