I’m developing a personal development web app that is focusing on connecting goals to actions or better yet actions to goals.
Right now I’m using a grid where a goal has to be in 1 of 8 categories:
Then it also has to be assigned to 1 of 8 Maslow/Clayton ERG Hierarchy layers:
Existence – Biological and Physiological,
Existence – Safety needs,
Relatedness – Belongingness and Love needs,
Relatedness – Esteem needs,
Growth – Cognitive needs,
Growth – Aesthetic needs,
Growth – Self-Actualization,
Transcendence – helping others to self-actualize.
So for instance a Goal can have a horizontal label of Mental/Attitude and a vertical label of Growth – Aesthetic needs. A goal can have any combination of horizontal category and vertical hierarchy assigned to it. Once an action is taken toward completing a goal, there is a log with a select button that labels specific actions as either Satisfaction / Progression or as Frustration / Regression.
All this might sound odd, but I’m designing this for my own personal growth to really determine what goals over time, in what categories, bring the most joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment to my life and Christian walk.
Many of the personal growth books and things that I’ve looked at really start with the big question, “What do you want,” or “Where do you want to end.” They ask these so that a long term goal and strategy can be developed to meet life goals.
The problem is, questions like these, for me have not really been answered in reading personal growth books or going to a few hour seminar, and it seems my goals are spread out over many different areas. The system I’m developing hopefully will help me determine major goals from minor ones over time and see which types keep reoccurring. Ones that are just accomplished to proverbially put out fires, and ones that are deeply rooted and values based.