Goal Hierarchy

  • At the bottom of the hierarchy are our most concrete and specific goals
  • These are the tasks we have on our short-term to-do list
  • These low-level goals exist merely as means to ends
  • In contrast, the higher the goal in this hierarchy, the more abstract, general and important it is
  • The higher the goal, the more it’s an end in itself, and the less it’s merely a means to an end
  • Between the lowest and the highest level might be several layers of mid-level goals
  • The top-level goal should be a compass that gives direction and meaning to all the goals below it


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