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You Should Know What Your Hub Is

Updated: May 28


Whether you know it or not, you live your life around a set of values. These values, like spokes on a wheel, flow from a dominating value in the center. This dominating value in the center of the wheel is "the hub." Entrepreneurs commonly live their lives around one particular hub: money. But other common hubs are power, title, position, and fame. When you live your life around the wrong hub, you pay. For twenty-seven years, I lived my life around the wrong hub and have paid dearly for it. You will too. Clearly understanding what is the hub that your life revolves around is paramount. Mine was money. Living an unfulfilled life drove me to find answers. I professed that money was not my hub, but it was. In the wheel analogy, spokes emanate from the hub of the wheel. Likewise, values that affect the key domains of your life flow from your hub–your dominating value. Some common spokes are marriage, health, family, financial stewardship, and generosity. Michael Hyatt's Lifescore Assessment has ten domains that are like these spokes:

  • Intellectual

  • Physical

  • Parental

  • Vocational

  • Financial

  • Social

  • Spiritual

  • Emotional

  • Marital

  • Avocational

At this time of the year, it is common to evaluate annual success and make new resolutions for the new year. I say that instead of making resolutions, you should make commitments. Resolutions don't last. On the other hand, commitments should strengthen the values of your life that flow from the hub. When you don't clearly know and embrace your hub, you get stuck. After clearly identifying and understanding what is at the hub of your life, make commitments to strengthen the spokes of your wheel. At the end of this year, I challenge you to know and embrace what is at the hub of your life. Then, make commitments to strengthen each of the spokes that flow from it. This is not something you can do alone. Knowing the true hub that your life revolves around requires the help of those who intimately know you. Here are some great questions for you to ask yourself. After some contemplation, ask those who know you also to evaluate you in these areas.

  1. What are the most important relationships in my life? How do I demonstrate that?

  2. How committed am I to my personal physical health? How do I demonstrate that?

  3. How committed am I to my emotional health? How do I demonstrate that?

  4. How committed am I to my spiritual health? How do I demonstrate that?

  5. How committed am I to growing my influence to benefit others? How do I demonstrate that?

  6. How committed am I to managing my finances to benefit others?



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