Totally agree to @J Kam's reply on autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
Another good metaphor is the Horizons of Focus model from ingenious book on personal productivity Getting Things Done by David Allen. The metaphor is perfectly summarized by Arif and Ali Vakil.
So you imagine you look at your life at 50,000 ft and ask yourself...
- What are my unique Talents?
- How can I use my unique talents to serve others (such as family and community)?
- What gives me peak experiences and Joy?
- What would I be doing if I had just 6 months to live?
- What would I be doing, if I had all the time and money in the world?
- What do I love to do?
- What are the top values I believe in and uphold the most?
Once your 50,000 ft agreements are clear, you then start determining your agreements at the lower Horizons of Focus:
40,000 ft: Vision. What it will look, sound, feel like with successful implementation of your long term visions. This is a picture of where you want to be 3 to 5 years from now.
30,000 ft: Goals and Objectives. What do you need to accomplish within the next 1 to 2 years to make your vision happen?
20,000 ft: Areas of focus and responsibility. Important spheres of work and life to be maintained at standards to “keep engine running”. eg. What is the standard Health you’d like to maintain. How about your standard for your education, family life, spirituality etc. so that you can achieve your 30,000 ft and 40,000 ft goal.
10,000 ft: Projects or Outcomes you want to achieve that require more than one action and which can be completed within a year.
Runway Actions: Next physical, visible actions to take on any project or other outcome.
You get such a sense of power once all of your agreements at each of the different Horizons are aligned. You’ll reach a stage where you know that with every phone call, every meeting and every step you take at the Runway level, you’re fulfilling your life’s purpose; and that feels just Wonderful!