“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” -Steve Jobs

How to make actionable goals

  • Identify goal groups, according to Maslows Hierarchy of needs

    • Body
      • Diet
      • Health
      • Fitness
    • Soul
      • Partner
      • Family
      • Dependents (kids, dogs)
      • Social
    • Mind
    • Purpose / Career
    • Resources / Money
    • Intimacy / Romance
  • State goals in the present

    • Tempate: “I am a (IDENTITY)…”
    • Examples:
      • ✅ “I am a piano player”
      • ❌ “I am learning to play the piano”
  • Action / Behavior

    • Description: The action or behavior that supports the goal
    • “Because I…(BEHAVIOR)”
    • Example: “I am a healthy eater…” (goal) “… because I eat mostly vegetables” (behavior)
  • Trigger / Condition / Situation

    • Description: When & Where
    • Examples:
      • “Before bed”
      • “When I get home”
  • Who

    • Description: Which people, when involved, support this behavior & goal

Prioritized Human needs


  • Security: A sense of safety and security; safe territory; an environment in which people can live without experiencing excessive fear so that they can develop healthily.[9]
  • Autonomy and control: A sense of autonomy and control over what happens around and to us.[10][11]
  • Status: A sense of status - being accepted and valued in the various social groups we belong to.
  • Privacy: Time and space enough to reflect on and consolidate our experiences.
  • Attention: Receiving attention from others, but also giving it; a form of essential nutrition that fuels the development of each individual, family and culture.[12][13][14]
  • Connection to the wider community: Interaction with a larger group of people and a sense of being part of the group.
  • Intimacy: Emotional connection to other people - friendship, love, intimacy, fun.
  • Competence and achievement: A sense of our own competence and achievements, that we have what it takes to meet life’s demands.
  • Meaning and purpose: Being stretched, aiming for meaningful goals, having a sense of a higher calling or serving others creates meaning and purpose.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligent_agent - AI goals

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