Hi 👋 peeps,
You may be wondering, how exactly can life be compared to a Rubik’s Cube?
This was an analogy given to me by Counsellor – Kevin Hoogstad.
This is what he told me about how life is like a Rubik’s cube:
Life is like a Rubik’s Cube because the different sides represent different parts or aspects of who we are.
The Sides of a Rubik’s Cube
White side: Spiritual Self
Blue side: Emotional self
Green side: Financial self
Yellow side: Relational self
Orange side: Vocational self
Red side: Physical self
From there each side can be broken down further into specific areas. These specific areas of a coloured side are represented by the coloured squares of the Rubik’s Cube.
Physical Self: Nutrition, activity, medication, abilities, appearance, rest, environment, sexual activity, hygiene etc.
Mental Self: Feelings, personal growth, self-esteem, self awareness, thoughts, beliefs, values, goals, behaviour etc.
Relational Self: Children, romantic partner, friends, family, neighbours, coworkers, acquaintances, community, relationship with the self etc.
Spiritual Self: Life purpose, prayer, meditation, optimism, compassion, gratitude, spiritual practice, religion etc.
Financial Self: Income, savings, spending, investing, debt, planning, knowledge, budgeting, beliefs about money etc.
Vocational Self: Purpose, education, skills, growth, job, industry, employer, self employment, service etc.
“The purpose of the Rubik’s cube analogy is really to state that WE are multi-faceted and complex. Changes in one area of our life, affect other areas.” – Kevin Hoogstad
For example: The Grieving Widow
When a woman’s husband passes away. He might have been the primary bread winner and now she is having difficulty in both her financial and relationship aspects of herself.
While she is grieving the loss of her spouse she may become depressed and her mental aspect begins to suffer. To improve her mental aspect she might seek out physical aspects such as medication to improve her symptoms as well as talk to her Priest to improve her spiritual aspect of herself and to cope for her loss of her husband.
So how does understanding this analogy of life being like a Rubik’s Cube beneficial?
The benefit is that we can focus on areas that we have influence and control over to help us when others are affected.
We can also utilize our focus and strength in one area to improve in others. Figure out how you’re successful in one area and apply it to others.
eg. Such as the wife seeking out medication from her physician to improve her depression symptoms. As well as using her spirituality to help her cope with the loss of her husband.
Another Example: Overweight & Hating The Job
A man goes to work everyday to earn enough money to pay the bills. He doesn’t feel fulfilled, nor have a sense of purpose or passion for what he’s doing. Due to his stress from work he has gained a lot of weight. Work leaves him so drained he eats out a lot and when he gets home he sees what movies are now available for streaming on Netflix.
Except one day he looks in the bathroom mirror and decides he’s had enough. He doesn’t even recognize his physical body anymore. He won’t let his job get to him or worsen his health. So he decides to get into better shape and improve his health.
He starts going to the gym. Buying groceries from a local health food store. Limits the Netflix time. He even meets a girl at the gym and starts to date her. A few months pass… he looses some weight, gains a new girlfriend and decides to follow his passion and pursue a new job.
“Most people will allow all sides/ areas of their life to slide when one area sucks. I’ve noticed many clients tell me work started getting stressful and they gained 30 pounds. They stopped exercising, have more anxiety and are not going on dates with their spouse or out with friends. They let one side affect all the sides in a dramatic way!”- Kevin Hoogstad
So how does one change or figure out how to solve the Rubik’s Cube?
You go to google and type in “How To Solve The Rubik’s Cube” and follow the articles, videos and expert’s directions. Then give it a shot step-by-step until you figure it out.
This is also what works for finances, health, mental health, relationships, career and spirituality.
If you’re having trouble solving a side then search how to improve it.
You may solve the Rubik’s Cube but that doesn’t stop someone from coming over and messing it up.
So remember, you will never solve the Rubik’s Cube and that’s it. You will always be working on it and adjusting as you go. Someone, something or even yourself will cause the Cube to get all messed up again. But the more you do it, the easier it gets to get it all back together.
Keep working at it.
Bio: Steph is a mom, RN and Entrepreneur. She enjoys sharing her tips to help others live a great life.
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