Tip #4 from my new "Grab Your Goals" coaching program is making sense and rationalizing your list.
Now that you have separate lists for within 1 year, 3 years, 5, years, or 10 years, you have created a rational structure to order short-term and long-term goals, and those in-between. Don't worry if you go back and forth between labeling a goal as a 3 or 5 ... or moving it to 10. This is exactly why this activity works. It makes you REALLY consider goals as a possibility.
Another fun way to complete this task more visually is to create a vision board - on paper or computer. Make "buckets" or columns for 1-year, 3-year, and so forth. Then cut your individual goals into separate pieces of paper (or digital chunks/boxes with each indicated by a different color, font, or with a graphic/picture) and shuffle them around until you've put things into perspective.
Doing this will help you see them as real, not as an idea or fleeting thought. And it will prepare you for the next important step.
Next up: Selecting the most important of your 1 year goals to focus on for the coaching program.
I was intrigued from the first moment I read the bold claim accredited to Socrates that "the unexamined life is not worth living" and it has been a touchstone throughout my life. And, through the power of hindsight, I see its influence powering many of my career choices and life activities.