Goal setting for your level 10 life

The Level 10 Life is a personal growth strategy developed by Hal Elrod, appearing in his book, The Miracle Morning. It’s a simple but very effective way of getting you to sit down and evaluate where you are in your life right now, and where you want to get to. The idea is to choose ten different areas of your life where you want to achieve success and satisfaction, or simply improve, for example, health, finances, family, career etc and work towards ‘levelling up’ so that you are at a level 10 for each of them.

This will force you to sit down and think about what a level ten in each area will look like, but don’t forget that it’s also all about balance. It’s easy to focus on one or two areas and put all of our effort into progressing and achieving our goals, but we could be doing this at the expense of other areas of our lives. For example, you may be hyper-focused on your career, but because of this your physical and mental health is suffering, or you find that you simply don’t have enough time to spend building and maintaining relationships with your friends and family.

This is where the Level 10 Life can really help. 

First, make a list of eight to ten different areas of your life. Here’s an example list:

  1. Health
  2. Family/Friendships
  3. Career
  4. Home
  5. Marriage/Relationship
  6. Finances
  7. Personal Development
  8. Fun/Recreation
  9. Giving/Contributions
  10. Hobbies

Now, think about what a level 10 in each of these areas might look like. This isn’t about setting lofty and unachievable goals, it’s about your personal definition of a level 10, and that could be as simple as sitting down with your family to eat a meal every evening, or building up a rainy day fund. Once you have an idea what these level ten’s are, start to think about what level you are currently at now. You may wish to draw yourself a diagram split into the different areas with ten levels for each. You can find plenty of great (and free!) templates online.

For example, you may score yourself a seven for your career. You enjoy your job but a promotion may help to ease some of your financial pressures, or some extra responsibility may improve your sense of fulfilment and overall job satisfaction. It might be that, for now, you’re perfectly happy being at level seven, but there’s room to grow if you wish to. The important thing here is to be honest with yourself. How happy are you in each of these areas and what might you need to do to make them better?

The next stage is to start setting goals, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed here! Rather than going all in and tackling all eight or ten areas, why not choose a couple that you would like to focus on. These could be the lowest scoring, or the ones that you want to prioritise. Refer back to what a level ten would look like and think about how you can work towards achieving it. Remember to keep these goals realistic and achievable, otherwise you may find that you start to lose motivation. And you can’t just write something down and hope you’ll achieve it eventually. You must take actionable steps and do the work! Let’s run through an example together.

Let’s say you scored yourself a four in health and fitness, and your level ten goal is to lose 10lbs in three months. You’ll need to decide which steps you need to take to work towards that goal. It might be a case of signing up to a gym and going to fitness classes two or three times a week, or making sure you go for a brisk walk every day. You may also want to change your eating habits and opt for healthier meals. Make sure that your goals and how you plan to achieve them are realistic for you and your lifestyle. It’s easy to say that you’ll go to the gym every day, but you may have other commitments that take priority. 

The final step when it comes to using the Level 10 Life for goal setting, is to make sure that you’re checking in with your progress frequently. You can opt for monthly or quarterly check-ins, and spend time reflecting on the steps you’ve taken and making any adjustments as necessary. This is the most important step, as it allows you to see your own progress in real-time and offers you the chance to re-evaluate what you want and what you are doing to achieve your goals. You can also look at the bigger picture and see how your focus on one or two life areas is impacting the others. 

Self-improvement is a continual process, and you should never expect to achieve what you set out to and stop there. Life happens and things change constantly as we go about our daily lives. What was important to you a year ago, may not be as important now, or you may find that you’re satisfied with where you are and you can now move on to other areas and goals. 

If you’re interested in implementing the Level 10 Life but aren’t sure where to start, I can help! Book 15 minutes with me here and let’s talk about what you want to achieve.

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