Can you believe we’ve reached July? We’re halfway through the year! Where does the time go? 🤷
I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for us to check in on our New Year’s Resolutions. We can either get back on track with the ones we’ve set, or we can establish some new goals to continue living this year to the fullest.
Sound good? Great!
How To Use A Goals Pyramid To Reach Your Dreams
I’m a big fan of setting goals because it pushes me to improve myself and work toward the life I desire. It motivates me to take charge of my situation and stop allowing life to simply “happen to me.”
Can you relate?
If so, then you’re in for a treat.
Whether you’re setting new goals, or you’re breathing fresh life into your New Year’s Resolution, I have a strategy that I think you’re going to love.
It’s called a goals pyramid.
What is a Goals Pyramid?
Simply put, a goals pyramid is a practical way to break down your biggest dreams into tangible, attainable steps. It takes away the intimidation by helping you identify actions you can take every single day.
Plus, when you use a goals pyramid, it’s easier to recognize your consistent progress, which makes it much more motivating to continue working toward your goals.
Sound good? Then let’s break down the process.
How to Use a Goals Pyramid
As you can see above, we start by breaking our primary goal down into several different sections, with each subsection getting smaller and more actionable.
At the top of your pyramid is your primary goal. This is the ultimate thing you wish to achieve, and it is what drives your motivation to keep you moving forward.
Examples of your primary goal might include: get a promotion at work, lose 25 lbs., write my book, grow my business, learn French, spend more time with my kids etc.
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Next up are your long-term goals. In order to identify these goals, look at your primary goal and think about a few big milestone markers that will help you get there.
Generally, people have 2-3 long-term goals. These items usually take several weeks or months to complete depending on the size of your primary goal.
If my primary goal is to publish my book, my long-term goals might be: finish and edit the first draft; send the draft to the editor; finish final draft.
Similar to the previous step, in order to identify your short-term goals, break down your long-term goals into more tangible objectives.
What can you accomplish in a week or two to get you moving toward your long-term goals?
Keep in mind that these short-term goals might change as you continue progressing toward your primary goal. In fact, both your short-term goals and your daily habits have a fluidity to them, which allows you to update your objectives as you get closer to your primary goal.
Your daily habits are – as the name suggests – steps you take each day to move you toward your short-term goals. These habits should be small, specific, actionable steps that you can check off your to-do list in a relatively short amount of time.
If we return to my book analogy, my daily habits might include: research one hour a day; write 30 minutes a day; revise yesterday’s writing for 20 minutes; etc.
Like the short-term goals, your daily habits will change often as you continue progressing toward your end goal.
Get Started on Your Goals Pyramid
Are you ready to get started? Great! Let’s begin by identifying your primary goal.
As you brainstorm, make sure that you’re choosing a SMART goal.
If you haven’t heard this expression before, S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for:
Be specific about your goal; what exactly do you want to achieve?
How will you know when you achieved the goal?
Thinking realistically about your situation and the resources available, is this goal achievable?
Why is this goal important to you and your life?
When do you want to achieve this goal?
The strategy of S.M.A.R.T goals has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years, and this is for good reason; it works!
When you make specific goals that are important to you, and that contain measurable, achievable, actionable steps, you’re essentially mapping out a guide to help you get there.
For example, you’d have a much easier reaching this goal:
I will lose 20 lbs. over the next 6 months by going to the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, alternating cardio and weightlifting. I will also follow a Keto diet, and stick to 20 net carbs or less per day.
Than this goal:
I will lose 20 lbs.
So start by identifying your primary S.M.A.R.T. goal, and then use this goals pyramid worksheet to help you break it down into tangible steps.
With each smaller step ask yourself: is this a S.M.A.R.T. goal? If so, write it in the worksheet. If not, get a bit more specific.
Once you have your goals pyramid filled out, then it’s time to make things happen! Choose one of your daily habits, and get started today. 🙌
Are you ready? Let’s do this! 👊
Download your free goals pyramid worksheet here, and start crushing your goals today!
Have you ever used a goals pyramid before? What’s your favorite goal setting strategy? What goals are you working toward right now? Let me know below!