For most people when they embark on their first careers they have a sense of what they want to do or who they want to become. But often as time goes on, we begin to lose sight of things. As we grow and evolve as individuals, our ideas of what we want from life and career may change. Also we get so caught up in managing our careers, navigating through the ups and downs, that it is easy to lose sight of that vision.
Being involved in a career without a vision is like going on a trip without selecting a destination beforehand. What would you pack? How would you get there? Where would you stay? Your trip probably would not end up being much fun.
It’s the same with your career. Not being able to visualize your desired destination leads to results not happening. Goals are reached when you decide what you want, and then take action to get it. Without an end in mind, you will wander aimlessly; and as long as you are aimless, you will be wasting time. You will feel lost and feel like a stray leaf, going wherever the wind takes you.
What’s a vision?
A vision is a mental picture of where you see yourself in the future. Your picture can be one of where you want to be in a week, a month, a year, or even farther into the future. A vision is a snapshot of what you want your career and life to look like in the future. This snapshot gives your journey a clear and reachable destination and provides focus.
How does one create a vision?
I believe all goals are visualized in the mind first. You start by seeing yourself both achieving your goal and experiencing the satisfaction it will bring you once you are there.
Begin by closing your eyes and allowing your imagination to take over. Imagine what you really want and what is important to you. Ask yourself meaningful questions. Allow your intuition guide you to the answers.
Here are some questions that you can ask yourself. Feel free to come up with additional questions that match your specific situation:
- Where would I like to see my career in one year (you can replace this timeframe with what you have in mind)?
- Is my work aligned with my overall life goals?
- Where would I like to see my finances in the next one year?
- Does my work make me feel fulfilled?
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. What’s important is what is true for you, not what someone else wants for you. Once you have a clear vision in front of your eyes, it will lend you a sense of purpose, power and excitement.