Areas of human life: 20 ideas for personal strategy
Areas of human life are the manifestations of reality and relationships that people encounter in the course of their lives, grouped according to specific attributes, and which can serve as a basis for intelligent management of lifestyle and quality of life.
The 20 Spheres of Life — a new concept of structuring the sides of human life, applied at one stage of the development of personal strategy according to the methodology of Stategium Space Scrum, adapted to personal planning. A unique feature of this concept, compared to others, is a more detailed and flexible structure of the areas of life, the composition of which is selected individually depending on the strategic goals and personal strategy of the individual.
The concept of life’s areas is quite an old one. Attempts to systematize the composition of these areas invariably come across the subjective perception of life priorities of each researcher. And this is quite natural.
You are probably familiar with the concept of the wheel of life, through which some authors connect the spheres of human life in a single whole. This concept tries to find a balance between the areas of human life. But any attempt to make a universal model suitable for every human being cannot be viable.
The point is that everyone has their idea about which spheres of life to develop and which to sacrifice. And this decision entirely depends on how a person sees his future and his position in it. That is why it is impossible to impose someone’s vision of how a person’s life balance should look like on everyone.
To make your life and your plans depend only on you, we have developed a unique training program on personal strategy development (see below). We have redesigned different methodologies to achieve balance in human life and found that the very idea of balance is contrary to dynamics and human nature itself. We decided to look into this issue in more detail and this article, based on one of the lessons of our course, presents an innovative methodology of self-assessment in 20 areas of life.
Why do we need specialised methods to implement the mission?
We make a detailed analysis of the goal-setting processes when developing a personal strategy. One of the essential aspects of goal setting is the definition of a person’s mission. A mission is not a goal, but the purpose of the individual that he or she would like to fulfil consciously or subconsciously. In this article, we will talk about how to approach the realisation of one’s mission competently and consistently.
To formulate one’s mission is not the most challenging problem as there are quite a lot of methods (see Sprint 5 in the list of lessons of our course).
As you may know, we based the personal strategy framework on the methodology initially developed for companies. But the business environment has its specifics, so adapting the method of formulating a company’s mission to a personal strategy has proven to be a non-trivial task.
But the more complicated the task, the more interesting the solution. And in this article, I will tell you about a new approach, which will help us to realise our mission and develop ourselves effectively. To begin with, we need to make efforts and systematise our often chaotic understanding of how we approach our goals, how we manage our actions, and how we achieve results.
The purpose of this work is not only to understand what we need to do to fit our mission but also to provide a basis for further action. Our life is extraordinarily multi-faceted, and to manage the different aspects of our life more effectively, we need to structure them very well.
The already known balance wheel includes only 7 or 8 spheres of life, which is not enough even for a quite ordinary person. And for intellectually, spiritually and physically developed individuals, the wheel of balance should be much more diverse.
So get ready to learn something new today.
Can a mission be accomplished without changing a person’s life?
Conventional methods of strategy development suggest that once we have formulated a mission, we must move on to defining our vision, goals and strategies for achieving them. But with this approach, we risk missing something important that is not directly related to our goals but is related to our daily lives.
Almost all people develop unrealistic missions, but in addition to this, people’s daily lives rarely correspond to their formal intentions. In such cases, there is a gap between the desired mission and the real way of life.
In such cases, we need to make efforts and adjust our life to our mission. So our task is to create a particular way of life that will contribute to the mission. Otherwise, our mission impossible.
By identifying the gaps between our mission and real life, we will be able to complement our strategy with tasks and actions to bridge those gaps. There may be many gaps, but not necessarily all of them will be significant. Many of them will require only small lifestyle adjustments.
Closing such gaps will only become a part of a personal strategy when it requires a genuinely strategic change, not just a simple decision and a little less straightforward following to that decision. After all, sometimes it is enough to be attentive to the problem, to be aware of our responsibility to solve it, to add the task to the calendar and fulfil it. But in some cases, we may have a tremendous and painstaking job to do. And not just on ourselves. The exact situation to create a personal strategy.
As I said, the approach under consideration today is somewhat similar to the concept of the eight spheres of life. But this concept is more flexible and has 20 evaluation criteria, which only simplifies the understanding and quality of our practical work to achieve our goals.
What are the spheres of human life
Since we identify much more than eight areas of life, we will need to structure them further. For this purpose, we introduce the concept of personality projections (or perspectives), which are similar in their essence to geometric projections.
Personal perspectives are the fundamental and interconnected sides of the personality needed to fulfil the mission.
The examples of personal perspectives include health, labour, self-development, social status and other aspects. They are all individual and depend on the specifics of your mission. The examples of perspectives and the logic of reasoning to determine them we will define later.
Spheres of human life are the most critical areas of life that are characterised by similar management approaches or similar objects of control.
The level of development of each sphere of life affects the condition of each perspective, the individual himself, and the personal mission. For example, we can influence health through nutrition, sports, regulation of emotional stress, our environment and other factors. These are the factors (spheres) we will define for each of the personal perspectives.
To structure concrete actions to change our lifestyle, we will need another concept: tasks.
Tasks are actions structured by spheres of life that we need to perform regularly to fit or influence the accomplishment of our mission.
The meaning of introducing these concepts (spheres, perspectives, tasks) is to move from abstract formulations to real actions for its achievement. The methodology of this work takes origin from the Balanced Scorecard framework. This framework also defines the so-called perspectives (or projections) of the company’s activity: finances, clients, processes, resources (or development). Anyone who has ever touched upon this method will undoubtedly find a lot in common. And the most important of these features will be the logic.
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How to group the spheres of human life by perspectives
The most valuable resource for people is time. The time available to us depends on life expectancy, which depends on the health, safety and quality of the environment. But life expectancy is not the most important thing, because you can spend all your long life lying on the sofa and do nothing.
So there’s something just as important. Most likely, it’s acting capacity. If you have time and the ability to act, then you can create something, develop and live a full life. Ability to work also depends on health, stress, quality of the environment, and others. Therefore, we should combine all these concepts into the first perspective of personality, which will characterise the available primary resources of the individual – health.
The next big part (perspective) of our life depends on the expected time of active life, health and ability to work. It consists in the efficient use and distribution of these non-renewable resources according to life priorities.
You can spend time on entertainment and burning life, or you can develop, improve skills and use them according to your goals. To use some skills for something, we must first acquire them.
Without acquiring skills and knowledge, we are almost useless. So the next fundamental perspective of personality is self-development (or development).
Let us think further: the human being is a social being who cannot normally live without other people. We use our knowledge, skills and competences to benefit society.
Therefore, the next perspective after self-development is our direct activity within which we do some work for other people, i.e. create value for them.
The process of creating value for society has been around for centuries and is called work. Therefore, the next remarkable perspective of the individual that unites our activities towards society, ourselves or other people is called labour.
Before we develop our mission and spheres of life, there is one critical stage in which we build our business model (see Sprint 4 in Personal Strategy Development). When we develop our business model, we begin to understand the benefits we bring and for whom. For some of us, these are clients, for others, employers, for some, volunteer or government organisations, and for some, they are families. They are all part of society.
So we will call the next perspective, which unites all those to whom we benefit from our activities, society.
Thus, to structure the spheres of life, the following set of four perspectives emerges:
I. HEALTH: it is hardly possible to develop without health.
II. DEVELOPMENT: without self-development, it is hardly possible to succeed in creating value for others.
III. LABOUR: it is hardly possible to be recognised by society without labour.
IV. SOCIETY: without society, it is hardly possible to meet all our diverse demands, which you can find in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (in the illustration above).
From these four standard perspectives of personality, we will proceed as we define the spheres of our life.
You can expand this composition of perspectives: you can enter one or two more viewpoints on your life. These angles can be family, children, business, technology, or other areas of life in the model below. You can rearrange spheres and perspectives later if it turns out that the standard set is not enough for you.
Thus it is necessary to observe logic interrelations so as not to be confused in mutual influence. In any case, we can always restructure the spheres and perspectives. I have done this many times during the development of this model.
Is it possible to develop universal spheres of life?
If the answer is short, yes, there are universal set that can fit almost every person. But this doesn’t change the fact that there are purely individual spheres of life that correspond to the specific priorities and strategies of each person.
After determining the composition of the perspectives, we now need to identify the main areas that affect our lives within these views. Most people can use a universal set of spheres, which can be adjusted if necessary.
I recommend that you carefully consider the composition, interdependencies, and most importantly, the relevance of the set of these areas to your strategy. It is essential that you understand how an area helps you fulfil your mission and what specific tasks you should consider within that area of life.
Identifying the composition of the areas is an important task, but not the main one. We must periodically assess the relevance of each of the selected spheres to our mission. For this purpose, we will use a scale consisting of 5 levels.
The model below shows four perspectives and 20 areas of life (5 in each view), which helps to visualise the progress of your mission on the radar chart. If the number of your perspectives and areas is different, you will have to adjust the visualisation of the graph or create your own.
Let’s begin to explore a set of 20 universal life spheres.
Areas of human life that reflect interaction with society
For every person, society is an external environment. As we have already noted, a human being is a social being, and we directly interact with the community in our lives. Many of our knowledge, skills and competences would make no sense if they did not help us to benefit society.
But how does this interaction work? How can it be evaluated?
The questions are not simple, but after a somewhat careful selection, I decided to highlight the following areas of life concerning an interaction with society:
Let’s take a closer look at each of these areas and justify this choice. I structured the description of the spheres in individual text blocks for better visibility. To open the information regarding each area of life, click on the + sign next to its name.
This area reflects the financial dimension of your life, in particular, the income from existing or new activities minus expenses. This sphere characterises a specific economic result of your lifestyle and your interaction with society.
This sphere is not crucial because any activity must generate income, but this is not always the case. It is essential to understand how any action contributes to the bottom line and whether it will be a problem for your long-term financial security.
This area reflects the role of your expenditure, revealing the financial dimensions of all your initiatives and activities in general. The analysis of this area of life is required to manage economic performance and reduce inefficient or unnecessary costs.
Thus, this area of life reflects the balance between your income and expenses during a long-term period. We must look years ahead to be sure that we will be able to fulfil our mission and to ensure that we can achieve our long-term goals.
The scale for evaluating this area of life is very individual for each person. For some people, having high debts, for example, on mortgages, may look very negative, but for others, it may look normal.
The main thing in assessing all the spheres is an extent to which the current state is in line with your mission. If the assessment of any area is not satisfactory, it means that we have found the first gap, which prevents us from fulfilling our mission and achieving our goals. So we should foresee measures to change the situation and plan their implementation (in our strategy).
Finance is a good indicator of how well our activities are rewarding, but it does not reflect how justified your income is. Therefore, it is necessary to assess the situation in our other areas as well.
The Recognition sphere reflects the intangible side of human activity and its evaluation by society. The recognition may consist of a senior position entrusted to you by the nation (company), of respect from the others, of a high assessment of any aspect of your activity.
Such recognition may be, for example, in the form of your fame and positive public attitude towards your merits, personal, world or government awards or other types of recognition. It also may consist of respect from your family or even in the self-respect.
In general, like everyone else, this is an entirely individual sphere of life, the assessment of which depends very much on your mission and personal business model.
Yes, we’re not wrong. The business models are not only for companies but also for people. We are building a personal business model in Sprint 4 of our Personal Strategy course.
This sphere of life indicates your achievements in (external) client relationships and can indirectly show your relationship capital. This capital reflects the quality and quantity of your existing or potential clients. This capital can be converted, for example, into money through the sale of goods or services. Or into other resources, such as public recognition and assistance in achieving goals, when we use our relationships to address non-business issues.
I’ll show you an example of how this can happen. For example, you have an extensive network of connections with whom you interact for work or business. Each contact may or may not buy something from you, but may be willing to buy your product or pay for your service under certain conditions.
For any business, this wide range of contacts can mean potential growth. Even if you have a large number of followers on your social network who can buy something from you, then this area of your life is at a quite high level.
If you have a large number of friends who are unlikely to buy anything from you, but they are willing to support your endeavours, then these are not clients, but partners. And the relationship with them is characterised by the next area of your life.
This area of life reflects your relationship with partners and other people or organisations who can assist you directly or indirectly in any endeavour.
Why is it important? First, it reflects your position in society. The more people who are willing to support you, the more likely you can implement your strategy.
Secondly, it indirectly reflects your ability to create human ecosystems and organise people for a purpose.
The family, as the primary cell of society, is the first echelon of this society in your life. This vital sphere of life characterises your relationship with family members, friends and loved ones. The better this relationship, the more value and benefit you bring. And the more value the family provides for you and your mission.
This sphere is highly individual. I am not talking here about family values or propagate them, and, as we have agreed, we are not trying to build an ideal person here and achieve mythical life balance. We are just trying to formulate our strategy and implement it. But the features of your family life can affect other areas. Or they may not.
In some cases, a family can be a constraint to your strategy. And in other cases, without family, it is impossible to implement the plan.
Therefore the evaluation of this area of your life is strictly individual. In the same way, the tasks to fit this sphere of life to your mission are also specific.
Areas that reflect a person’s work-life
Surprisingly, in the existing approaches (8 spheres of life, the wheel of life, the wheel of life balance) our work life is given rather little attention – only one area out of eight. Perhaps this is because, in real life, labour takes much more time for the majority of people than it is necessary.
And the wheel of balance, for example, is designed to restore equilibrium and return our “excessively swollen” work-life in proper frames. But that is not all the nuances.
As a rule, this activity is called “Business and Career”. First of all, both business and career are entirely different things. Secondly, there are some critical success factors in this field that need to be detailed to understand and manage them successfully.
That’s why I thoroughly thought out our activities for the benefit of others in my concept. As a result, I identified the following main areas that determine the state of such an essential aspect of our personality as work-life:
- Value creation
Let’s examine each of them in detail (open the description of each sphere by clicking on the + sign before the name).
Career (position level)
This area reflects your performance in terms of managing teams of people regardless of your industry or speciality. This sphere of influence will reflect your level of development in terms of your managerial career.
The assessment of this area of influence is individual for each person. For example, if your goal is to become a director of a large business and you are an ordinary employee, the assessment of this area will be minimal. If you are a CEO of a company and set a goal to become president of the country, then your career sphere is on the first stage in terms of achieving your goal even though your current position may be the highest level for another person.
This case is a vivid example of how the spheres of life help to implement a specific strategy of a particular person and monitor progress in achieving goals.
Your career presents only one side of your work-life. You can become a manager by knowing how to manage teams properly. At the same time, you can have a minimal understanding of the subject matter of the activity you manage.
That is why we have introduced a way to reflect the level of human expertise in a particular field. Unlike the previous one, this sphere of life explains not a position level in organisations, but the level of professional skills.
For example, the CEO of a company may be able to manage people, but not to understand in detail how exactly workers produce products. At the same time, the Chief Operating Officer exactly knows how to create the company’s core products, although he is in a slightly lower position.
Let’s take, for example, the astronaut profession. Flight into space requires unusually multi-faceted training, ranging from the knowledge and skills to operate a spaceship in certain situations, to the ability to conduct scientific experiments. Therefore, having only the ability to weld in weightless conditions is undoubtedly great, but far from enough to put a high grade in this area to a person who has just started his training in the squad of astronauts.
At the same time, if you have decided to become a welder, then mastering various welding tools and methods can already mean high praise in this field.
Evaluate your success with clear and measurable indicators which are necessary to assess your progress and set attainable goals. The indicator of qualification for the welder could be a grade, and what can measure the professionalism of a manager?
An example of a scale for assessing managers can be the following. The first stage of qualification can be a successful application of the basics of management, skills in budgeting – the second stage, skills in financial management – the third, strategic management – the fourth, and management of decentralised organisations – the fifth.
Everyone creates individual scale following his or her strategy and goals.
Value creation (production, service delivery)
Value creation (production, service delivery)
Being a senior manager or a professional in a specific field does not mean that you benefit people. How should we evaluate the benefits we bring to society, regardless of position or qualifications? That’s why I’ve introduced a value creation area into the model. It reflects your success in creating products or providing services that benefit the community and humanity at all.
How well do you personally apply your skills and how valuable is the content of your work? How do you personally create value for others? These are questions to be answered when self-assessing in this area of life. To make it more transparent, let’s take an example. Let’s take two professions: a software developer and a company director.
For the developer, creating value consists in developing software for computers which can be assessed by the quality of the code and the speed of development. If you do it quickly and with good quality, you can say that your evaluation in this sphere of life is excellent. And if the programs themselves benefit people, it is beautiful at all.
At the same time, it is difficult to estimate the quality of managers’ work. On the one hand, their work is in the management itself; on the other hand, we already have a career life sphere that reflects a person’s success in managing teams.
But the most crucial criterion for assessing the work of a programmer, a director, and a janitor is not diligence and quality of performance of their direct duties. The essential appraisal of this area of life is the benefit to society.
For example, you’re day and night struggling to manage the company to produce, say, cigarettes or any other harmful product. In this and some other cases, the assessment for your creation value for society should be minimal. But we do not moralise; it is your business, your mission, your strategy, and your 20 spheres of your life.
Business (organization of work)
Let’s take a look at the sphere of life that reflects success in business. This area is not for everyone, and it is essential to distinguish a couple of points when assessing it:
- If you have a business, providing your services to other people and organisations, then most likely it should be classified as a professional sphere, not a company. Because if you move away from the business, there will be no business anymore.
- It may seem that this sphere of life is similar to a career, but it is not relevant. It doesn’t reflect your success in managing a previously organised business process or company. It is about creating the solution of specific problems or needs of society (markets). It is about creating an infrastructure and ecosystem to solve a problem through services or products.
When you involve other people, set up units or even businesses and organise them into one system to create products or services for the community, it often has to do with starting a business. The area of life we look at evaluates precisely this kind of work to create businesses and organisations.
It may also refer to the activity when you organise new businesses within an existing organisation and set up the interaction of its components to create a new product or service. In this case, you can call yourself an internal entrepreneur.
Intrapreneurs has a lot in common with entrepreneurs, except for the degree of risk, because such an internal entrepreneur does not invest money in a new enterprise. But reducing the risk for intrapreneurs also has its price. The fact is that intrapreneurs do not profit from the businesses they create. In the best case, they receive some share of the profit and mainly only till they work in the organisation.
If you use this sphere of life, I suggest the following scale for evaluation: a small local business – the first level, and a global organisation (working all over the world) – the fifth level. But this corresponds to a relatively ambitious personal strategy, while for some people, even a small shop may well be the fifth level of evaluation.
Despite your fantastic career, profession or even business, you may not create anything new. Just work in some outdated or not-so-outdated industry, create mediocre or not-so-outdated products and services that most people generally need, but only because they don’t have another, more exciting or less expensive offer. You work like everybody else; you do business, and whatever.
But does that move civilisation forward? Of course, it doesn’t.
So we have introduced a new and significant sphere of life that shows how you create or apply innovations. This dimension of your life reflects your activities to improve existing approaches to work, to introduce new products and services, technologies, management methods and innovations.
This sphere shows what you do to initiate progress, reduce environmental damage, improve products and services, and improve the lives of humanity and all life on the planet. This sphere is a reflection of how inventive you are in your work. It is vital, and it would be great for each of us to be able to say that he or she is improving life by creating and applying innovations.
Areas that reflect a person’s self-development
A considerable part of our lives is nothing more than self-development. In the first few years, we grow up, learn to walk and talk, interact with others, and achieve our goals.
Next years we dedicate to acquiring knowledge and some universal skills. So the first 15 to 20 years of life lay the foundation not only for our future successes or failures but also for our ability to acquire and use new knowledge and skills.
In today’s dynamic age, a halt to development means slow degradation or a rapid slide into uncompetitiveness. The difference between these two options is not very significant. The point is that to keep up; one must continuously develop.
That is why there is a whole perspective on self-development in my system. Well, of course, not all people pay much attention to self-development, but they do not read such articles, don’t they?
So, what spheres of life can sufficiently characterise our self-development? Well, here they are:
- Science (research activities)
Let’s take each of them apart in more detail.
Intelligence (key types of intellect)
According to Tirri Nokelainen (Measuring Multiple Intelligences and Moral Sensitivities in Education. Moral Development and Citizenship Education, 2011), human intelligence is the intellectual capability of humans, which is marked by complex cognitive feats and high levels of motivation and self-awareness.
There is more than one lesson devoted to the development and control of various types of intellect in our course. The level of intelligence is essential for a person and his life path, but, as it turned out, we are talking not only about the intellect, which characterises the speed of information processing and ability to abstract or some other types of thinking.
Recently, researchers have found several critical types of intellect that directly affect success, especially when working in a team. These are the emotional, social, and some other types of intellect on which researchers have built the theory of multiple intelligence.
We will not study this theory in detail; we will pay attention only to those types of intelligence that can be measured, and thus manage to some extent. We’re talking about the following kinds of intellect:
– mental intellect, which is measured using the most common IQ test (Intelligence Quotient),
– emotional intelligence, which you can measure by the EQ (Emotional Quotient) test,
– physical or body intelligence measured by PHQ (Physical Quotient)
– spiritual intelligence (Spiritual Quotient)
– social intelligence (Social Quotient)
In our course for personal strategies, we study how to evaluate and develop these types of intellect and how they influence our plans. To manage this, we have introduced a separate sphere of life into the model, which reflects the development of different types of intelligence.
It is quite easy to evaluate this sphere. First, you need to determine the composition of the critical types of the intellect for the implementation of your strategy. Secondly, you need to assess what level of every kind of intelligence you need to accomplish your goals. Third, following the results of testing, we outline ways to improve.
When we have chosen a specific mission, the information about the required level of every of our intellect types becomes essential for us —comparing with our mission, goals and objectives helps us clearly understand the requirements for our intelligence. After this, we know what exactly in our personality in terms of intelligence we need to develop and when.
Intelligence is essential for people. But there is also experience. Through experience, a person acquires the necessary skills and becomes a professional in certain areas, and then can benefit society.
Therefore, it is crucial to assess your skills as well as their relevance to your goals. For this purpose, we identified a separate area of life. It reflects your level of expertise in handling material objects or providing services. We assess development in this area of life, from necessary skills to complex multi-disciplinary skills and even the creation of masterpieces.
If you have the skills to create websites and launch internet projects, it is unlikely to help you become an outstanding athlete. So you need to accurately assess your abilities to match your mission and goals and identify strategic gaps in this area of life.
We all know the idea that you can become a professional in any field after you spend 10 thousand hours on it. If so, the next five years (10,000 hours / 2,000 working hours per year = 5 years) you can spend with different efficiency. Developing a personal strategy can significantly improve and accelerate the learning of new skills and experience. Your plan should always take into account the expertise needed for your goals and how to gain it.
However, the development of any skill requires not only experience but also knowledge. Therefore, knowledge assessment is also critical. This area reflects specific erudition, the application of which in practice will increase your experience and improve your professionalism.
Knowledge can be universal (read, write, speak) and specific (computer management, public speaking, strategic management). Each person and each personal strategy requires its own set of knowledge, but no one can do without it.
Therefore, assess thoughtfully the level of your knowledge and competences (information processing, ability to learn), find gaps and plan the development of this sphere of life.
Science (research activities)
For some missions, the scientific activity will be necessary. In this context, the research project is not a work-life, but rather an advanced development of your competencies to apply them to practice. If being a researcher is your primary job, it will fall into the spheres of your career or profession. And if you research in addition to your prime responsibility, it is entirely appropriate to include in that area of life.
Also, do not confuse science with the area of innovation which we have discussed above and which involves the practical application of new developments that may be yours or someone else’s. And the sphere that we are considering now evaluates your specific progress in scientific research.
When it comes to assessing the science sphere of your life, I will describe the lowest level as a regular reading of research literature on the topics necessary for you. The highest level I would call some kind of scientific discovery or invention made by you.
If science is vital to your mission, then be sure to evaluate your progress in this area and identify ways to improve. For me, for example, this area of life is critical. Still, in this article, I do not disclose information because it is in a particular lesson of a personal strategy course.
Politics (social activities)
For some missions, political or public action is significant. It is one of the ways of personal development and can have a particular impact on work-life and is usually beneficial for society.
It can be volunteer, political, humanitarian and other activities directly related to the public interest. Therefore, if political life is necessary, and most likely it is, then you have to look at your situation in this area and identify ways to improve.
Areas that reflect a person’s health
For the vast majority of activities, our body’s health is crucial. No matter how successful a person is, no matter what depths of mind and science he or she immerses in, their health determines whether they will have time to realise the goals, the strength to get results and the desire to achieve them.
Of course, some kind of activities are not too dependent on health, but in any case, health problems significantly reduce the number of development paths and vital interests available to us.
The health perspective of a person is perhaps the most universal. Every sphere of health perspective is relevant to everyone.
To choose the right areas on the theme of health, we must select those that we can influence.
Then the set of spheres can be as follows:
Let’s take each of them apart in more detail.
There is a well-known saying that man is what he eats (authorship attributed to Ludwig Feierbach, who lived in the 17th century). According to recent scientific research, this we should paraphrase this saying as follows: a person is what, how and when he eats.
Indeed, a person’s diet largely determines his or her health. Everyone should, therefore, monitor the state of this sphere of life which reflects the fullness, balance and sufficiency of nutrition for the maintenance of human health.
If you have specific problems in this area expressed in various symptoms, such as excess or underweight, propensity for stomach diseases, abnormalities in blood chemistry and others, then this directly affects your health, and you should resolve these problems as soon as possible.
You can ask your doctor and timely correct your diet and start systemic work to improve the quality of food and nutrition in general to maximise your performance and life expectancy.
In this a sphere of life, we are not talking about professional sports and not about watching sports TV programs. It is about physical activity and regular activities and exercises that allow us to maximise life expectancy and our performance.
As far as I know, exhausting athletic activity is harmful to the body, so you have to focus your exercises on your strategy and mission. You can and should use unbiased data on your body’s physical condition to assess this area.
As in the previous area, we will significantly benefit from a complete medical examination to identify possible health problems. This approach will help to take action to address and prevent problems through regular exercise and fitness activities.
Recently, various trackers (bracelets, watches, rings) have been developing very actively. Some of them allow us to monitor not only important body parameters, such as the variability of heart rate but also certain lifestyle features. This information helps us to consciously correct and prevent problems.
Walking, Nordic walking, running, swimming, gymnastics, dancing and other physical activities can help you plan and develop this vital area of life. Of course, sports and training regimes should fit your long-term goals.
Proper nutrition and regular activity is not a guarantee of excellent health. There are many factors that damage this health and one of them is stress, i.e. adverse effects of the physical, social and emotional environment that directly and adversely affect us.
Therefore, this sphere of life reflects the level of stress exposure to you, and this exposure mustn’t be destructive. Any organism is, to a certain extent, able to successfully resist pressure. Moreover, our body is unlikely to develop without stress. But we certainly don’t need any stress-related severe problems.
That’s why in this sphere of life, you need to assess not only the stress itself but also your ability to resist it to reduce its negative impact. As I said, reducing stress to a minimum can also harm performance, so try to maintain an optimal level.
Note that in this area of life, it is not a question of recovering from stress (it is actually resting, and we will look at it below). Here we manage the impact of stress from external factors.
By the way, if we are talking about stress, then I advise you to measure the variability of heart rate to assess the state of the body. Some fitness bracelets have this function, in particular, I use Garmin Vivosmart 4, which shows the so-called Body Battery and stress levels.
If we live in an unfavourable environment, all our measures to improve nutrition, optimise stress and exercise will not help us much. So make sure you assess your situation objectively and take steps to improve it.
Evaluate this problem in an integrated way, taking into account different characteristics, and not only environmental ones. It is essential to consider other risks, including the dangers of violence, as well as indicators of life quality.
There are quite a few statistics on these issues, although average indicators should not be trusted either, as negative environmental factors can concentrate in certain places. Consider, for example, air quality. On the link https://aqicn.org/map/world/, we can monitor it almost in real-time.
Below you can see an interesting illustration from this resource. You can enlarge the map on the site and assess whether everything is good with air quality where you work or live.
If your assessment of environmental quality is low, and this is not in line with your strategy, then think about practical measures to improve or optimise your living environment to fit your strategic goals better. You can consider using air filters in your house (flat) or relocating to another part of the city or even to other cities, countries and continents.
This sphere of life reflects your ability to restore the body from physical and emotional stress effectively. How can this be achieved?
- sufficient sleep
- emotional strain
- daily and weekly workload rotation
- change of scenery
- regular creative or sporadic 🙂 vacation
If you have a low score on most recovery methods, it is an excuse to take the necessary measures and start doing it. By the way, the quality of sleep is essential for health; there are even specialised sleep trackers and also devices that improve sleep.
As you can see, the theme of health is inexhaustible at all, I think you will be able to come up with as many more health-improving ideas to fulfil your mission, and it’s time for us to finish this theme and move on to the next article.
As you can see, we have identified as many as 20 areas of life that claim a certain degree of universality. This approach allows us to make a comprehensive assessment of the relevance of our lifestyle to the mission we have adopted. In the next article, I will explain how to do this and what tools we can use.
But even such an assessment is not the most crucial step for our strategy. This assessment provides insight into which areas to improve. But how to develop and what exactly to do? These are the most critical questions. Therefore, we will have to define specific tasks for each area that will contribute to our mission and strategy.
As you understand, the concept of 20 areas of life is just one of several parts of a comprehensive personal strategy that you can develop in our course. The Personal Strategy Development course is for you if you want to engage in personal transformation seriously, define a vision or refine your strategic goals based on advanced tools, or think in detail about how to achieve your goals.
You already know that this is a severe challenge. You can see that this article is just part of one of the many lessons that course participants take during the development of their strategies. If you want to reach a new level and significantly increase the probability of implementing your plan, then welcome aboard.
Do it strategically and do not waste valuable time!
©Deem Rytsev - the author is the founder of Strategium.Space and NooSphereum.Org and specializes in strategic management in his scientific and business activities.
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