About a year ago, I discovered this goal-setting technique called the “Level 10 Life,” and have fallen madly in love with it. It originally comes from Hal Elrod’s book, “The Miracle Morning,” (which is still on my reading list!) and I was first introduced to it through my bullet journaling community. When I was first introduced to the Level 10 Life, the person introducing me called it the “Ten Level Life,” and so I often say it that way as well. But it means the same thing, and it has been revolutionary in my goal-setting practices!
Up until the past couple of years, I have always had trouble with execution. Or, in other words, I would set goals but never get them done. I try to create a Level 10 Life list every four months in order to help me stay focused on what I am wanting to accomplish, and it has been a wonderful tool.
Aren’t you just dying to know more?
The Level 10 life has 10 categories – Marriage/Romance, Family/Friends, Health/Fitness, Fun/Recreation, Finances, Physical Environment, Personal Development, Spirituality, Giving, and Career.
In each of these categories, I like to create a “big picture” goal. My “big picture” goal for Fun/Recreation is to explore more and have more small adventures. I don’t have the ability to do any large scale traveling right now, and so I want to commit to finding adventure and novelty right where I am. For each category, you can create 10 action steps that can help you to reach the bigger picture.
If I want to find adventure and novelty in my own surroundings, I can plan a hiking trip. I can explore a nearby city to which I have never been. I can head to the beach and go horseback riding on the water. I create lists like this for each category of the Level 10 Life chart. These action steps don’t always need to be big things, but they do need to push me in the direction that I am trying to go.
When I am creating my Level 10 Life list, I try to ensure that I am creating goals that are specific, concrete, and have a time limit. For example, under the spirituality column, I wouldn’t put something like “read the Bible more,” a goal like that can’t be measured and most likely – at least for me – won’t end up being accomplished. Instead, I can write in that I want to have read the Book of Psalms by the end of the month. In this way, I can measure my progress and actually be able to cross off a specific goal at the end of the allotted time frame. After listing 10 action items for each of the 10 life categories, you will have listed 100 action steps that you can take toward reaching your goals and living a more fulfilled and accomplished life.
Another thing I love about the Level 10 Life charts is that they are incredibly visually appealing. You don’t have to be a great artist to create one, but there are plenty of artists out there that are doing these intricate, beautiful charts. Even just color coding a simple chart makes it beautiful. When you complete all of your goals, you not only get to feel accomplished, but your chart will begin to fill with color as you complete each action item.
If you’re interested in living your own “Level 10 Life,” but don’t know how to get started or need a bit of help narrowing down your goals – let me know! I’d love to help support and encourage you toward success. And share some of your lists with me, I would love to know what types of things others are working on!