The Fun and excitement section is my favorite part of the Wheel of Life. Fun and excitement are what make everything you do in the other nine areas of the wheel worth doing.
In life, boredom is the precursor to stagnation. In other words, fun and excitement play a key role in the growth of all other areas of your life.
How Does Motivation Work?
I’m sure you’ve heard of the ” carrot and stick ” motivation technique. It has become a cliche in the business world that is synonymous with the psychological concept of reward and punishment.
Fun and excitement are the carrots in your life. You use it as the reward for pushing yourself forward in other aspects of your life. The ” stick ” part of the equation is self-discipline. Self-discipline means only giving yourself a reward when you absolutely earned it.
It is natural for us to rationalize a few slip-ups and indulge in a reward when it wasn’t really earned. In the end, the only person you cheat by doing this is yourself. With that being said, you don’t want to be too hard on yourself. If you are too punitive, then you stifle your growth.
Don’t think of reward and punishment as a zero-sum game. Instead, think of it as a negotiation. Make deals with yourself. Let’s use saving money as an example.
Remember the finance challenge from day 6? You could make a deal with yourself to take the money you save from cutting a daily expense and go out to your favorite restaurant. How much you’ll have to spend will depend on your self-discipline.
How Fun & Excitement Affect the Rest of the Wheel of Life
Fun and Excitement are part of your why. Joy is life’s endgame. Look back at your original score for fun and excitement. If you didn’t score above a 7, then it is your fault. This is the only area of the Wheel of Life where you have total control over the outcome. Why aren’t you having fun?
A lot of my clients tell me they don’t have the time or money to have fun. They think of fun as a trivial luxury rather than a necessity. Fun and excitement get put on the back burner for most people.
The only way you can improve in this area is to make a conscious effort to have more fun.
Your Fun & Excitement Challenge
First I want you to write down all of the things you love to do, particularly those things you haven’t done in awhile. Don’t limit yourself. Write down anything that comes to mind.
Next, I want you to go through this list and decide what can realistically be done in a weekend, and what requires long-term planning.
The final part of the challenge is to pick one of your weekend activities and do it. That’s it. You deserve to have some fun after all the hard work you’ve put in the last nine days.
If you’re ready to learn how the top business owners keep themselves motivated with fun and excitement, then book a business coaching appointment with Arman today.