Purpose Pyramid: How to visualize and achieve your goals

As a self improvement fanatic, I’m always looking for ways in which I can be a better version of myself! whether it’s how to be more: productive, happy or how to stay organized and on track to hit my goals, because of this I’m always looking for new techniques, strategies and ideas to make this possible. Because you’re reading this blog I’m assuming you have similar interests as me and you’re probably facing some of the same problems.
 After speaking to many people about my own problems in life, I’ve realized I’m not alone. One of the things that not only these people struggle with but, I myself struggle with, is visualizing my goals and organizing them in to step by step processes in which we can achieve them! So I set out on a mission to discover the answer…
As most of my business is run through my Instagram, I get to meet some very interesting people who are from all walks of life and have their own story to tell! One of these people are Erick Godsey who’s a very fascinating man that isn’t afraid to go against the grain. With his psychological background he aims to understand “the myths that make us” and to truly understand something, I believe you have to experience it, and that’s what he does! He microdoses, travels the world and practices the things he reads in Carl Jung’s work. One of the things that really interested me about Erick is a thing that he calls a “goal pyramid“ which is a way of visualizing the things that contribute to you achieving your goals, me personally I think “purpose pyramid” is a better name as I think it encompasses the journey, the bigger picture and also I like alliteration but this takes nothing away from the idea!

Purpose pyramid

There’s all different ways of figuring out your purpose, such as using the ikigai technique but it doesn’t necessarily show us the way in which we can work towards the end goal but with this technique it can help you and I understand the foundations of what we truly want. There is other forms of goal pyramids but this is my favourite as it delves deeper into why you’re doing what you’re doing but it is also a visual reminder you can look at every day to keep on track! So to do this grab a pen and a piece of paper or even better, your whiteboard pen and draw a large triangle and split it up like this:
 
You can use more sections In the layers if you need to, this is just a template which you can use if you want but adapt it to how you want it! Sometimes it’s best to start from the top and work your way down the pyramid but, in this case, to make it more understandable we’ll start from the bottom, the foundations and work upwards.

Level 1 Daily habits

The very base of your triangle should include your daily habits that you already do or the daily habits that you want to implement into your life. I would advise you to split this level up into 5 sections, in each section write down the habit you wish to achieve everyday, you don’t want to add to many habits as we know its better to take small steps to success rather than trying to juggle everything and ending up with pie on your face.
Here’s some examples to get you started with:
  • Read 10 pages of your book
  • Have a cold shower
  • Have a smoothie
  • Eat your five a day
  • Do 10 minutes of meditation
  • Think of 10 things you are grateful for
  • See what @Brain.boosted has posted (shameless plug)
  • Visualize your goals
  • Journal
  • Write a page of your book
  • Give someone a compliment

Level 2 Interests

This level is all about what topics and activities you are interested in and you want to spend more time enjoying. I would advise splitting this layer up into 4 sections and writing down the things that you want to participate in, in each of the sections. You’ve got to have some fun in life and this is a great way to visualize the things that matter to you.
Here are some examples of the things that you could do:
  • Play a sport
  • Join a club /community
  • Start a project
  • Read @Brain.boosted weekly blog (shameless plug, I promise it’s the last one)
  • Start dating
  • Spend more time with family and friends
  • Go to events
  • Eat out
  • Go for walks
  • Enter a marathon
  • Learn a new skill
  • Practice yoga
  • Learn more about yourself
 

Level 3 Professional projects

The third level is all about work or probably better to say, your occupation. This can vary a lot because we all have different jobs for example my goals in this layer would probably be different to someone who works a 9-5 as I practically work for myself but I will try and give you some varied examples, before we get into that I would advise you to split this layer into three sections and write a professional project in each one.
Here are some examples to start you off:
  • Get a job
  • Put in work Increase your wage
  • Have more than one job
  • Make sure you are living right so you can do your job to the best of your ability
  • Learn to code
  • Dress correctly
  • Find your passion
  • Go to more interviews
  • Learn how to market
  • Be a freelance worker
  • Make a website
  • Write a book
  • Start a podcast
  • Invest
  • Learn customer service
  • Build a business
  • Start a YouTube channel
  • Enroll on to a business course

Level 4 Ethos

Ethos is a Greek word that basically means the character of a culture, community or era and in this case yourself, it’s about your beliefs and your ideals. You often hear the word ethos in business which is basically their ultimate goal for example “striving to be the biggest global sports brand“ -Adidas, “We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.”- Mind charity and although I’m not going to say this is my ethos exactly it may be more of a slogan, I intend to “give people the extra boost in life.” I would advise you to only split this layer into 2 sections as these are long term beliefs and not things you necessarily do, they’re more something you work towards.
Here are some examples:
  • Love
  • Find truth
  • Make the world a better place
  • Being the best you
  • Authenticity
  • Finding your purpose
  • Kindness
  • Faith

Level 5 Symbol

This is a bit more playful but is still quite an important part of the pyramid. You should now be at the point of your pyramid and in this section draw a symbol that expresses who this ideal person you want to become is, Erick and many of his followers use an eye symbol to represent the person watching them complete these sections

My purpose pyramid

Everything is pretty much self explanatory in my pyramid but the only thing you might not understand is the symbol at the top, as i said earlier Erick and most of his followers used an eye as there symbol but instead I used a... Lotus flower! I learnt a story about the lotus story in my Buddhism class and fell in love with it. I'll tell you a short introduction to the story but if you would like to learn more let me know and I will write a whole blog on it for you!

The lotus flower has to grow in murky waters and survive through a lot, once it breaches the surface it blossoms in a beautiful flower and is seen to symbolize fortune and enlightenment. To me this represents that no matter what adversity's you face and murky waters you have to go through, you can make it to the top, you can blossom and often the challengers that you face often change you to be a better person!

Challenge

Now you know how to make a purpose pyramid, I’m challenging you to make your own! Send them to me on Instagram and in return you will get a free shout-out on my story with your picture, so be creative and have some fun with it!
If you have any further questions, remarks or requests for what you would like to see more of, you can comment here on the blog, or message us on Instagram, Facebook or email.

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  • Fascinating read. Love the concept. Will give it a go 👍

    Fitnessteacher1

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