A vision for your career is more than a mental image; it is the catalyst for every action you take.
Once you are clear about what you want to achieve, you can begin planning and executing specific activities to turn your imagined goals into reality.You must know what the outcome of your goals looks like to make it come to fruition.
To define your vision, jot down your answers to the following questions.
1. What do you want?
Imagine what success looks like for you. What do you want to achieve? Be as specific and descriptive as possible, but don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers right now.
2. How will it feel to make this picture a reality? What will it make possible in your life?
Imagine that you’ve achieved your goals. Put yourself into that future place. How will you feel? More secure? Accomplished? Independent?
What else will follow? A change in your living situation? Moving to a different city? Awards and notoriety in your field? The freedom to travel?
3. What is one concrete action you can take now to advance your goal? What obstacles may get in your way, and how will you overcome them?
Again, be specific and choose an action that is truly doable. Now, be just as detailed and descriptive about the obstacles you face as you were in selecting an action step. If you know the challenges that lie ahead, you are better prepared to face them.
Moving into Focus
Now, look back on your responses. Which questions were difficult to answer? Which elements of your future picture are a bit fuzzy? Can you visualize exactly what you want, only to get stuck when choosing your first action or identifying potential obstacles?
As you move forward, discuss your vision with anyone who will listen—friends, colleagues, a mentor, veteran business owners, or a professional coach. Their feedback will help you refine your goals. Over time, as you speak with more people, your end game will become more refined and you will be drawn closer to your ultimate goal.
If you find it difficult to imagine what you want, or to see past potential barriers to success, let’s talk. Contact me to schedule a complimentary consultation and sample coaching session.
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