Considering big-picture goals can keep us oriented and directed toward what really matters to us. Building discrete goals can be the best way to ground ourselves. In this activity, there are 3 types of goals.
- Examples: Succeeding at work; Contributing to society; Building a positive legacy; Having a happy family
- Examples: Complete more training at work; Help with a community project; Take a family vacation
- Actionable (Something that can be done)
- Examples: Do 3 hours of learning around a new topic; Get the things on the shopping list; Help your children with their math homework today
Goals reinforce our core values and remind us what is most important to us. When we understand our goals, we also get a strong sense of purpose and identity. The Philosopher Nietzsche said : “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
Use the following format:
- Begin by writing your top-level goals right at the top. Most people have 1-3 of these.
- Under each top-level goal, draw mid-level goals that will help you get you there.
- Last, draw low-level goals under your mid-level goals. These should change often and be erased once complete.
- You can think back to your goal pyramid when you make challenging decisions.
- Revise the pyramid often.
- Low-level goals will change often
- Top-Level goals may change with big life changes