How to Create a Career Vision That Works
Career vision is just that – a vision – what do you envision for your career? Not what title, but how do you want to feel in your career; what strengths do you want to leverage? What kind of team and company do you want to work with? These are questions that you can answer with descriptive words.
Write out your vision using your descriptive words (without getting too specific on title or compensation) of what it will be like when you land this career you desire. This leaves room for you to create something even better.
There is so much brain science now that shows what we feel is what we create. Every time we feel good about what we are creating, even when it hasn’t happened yet, we excrete chemicals in the brain and body and work to create new networks in our brain. We have to believe we are creating before we can make it a reality.
Sit in the feeling of your vision and feel good. Joe Dispenza, international lecturer, researcher and educator, has studied brain science and has many examples of how people have created from a place of feeling what they want next. In his book Becoming Supernatural – How Common People are Doing Uncommon Things, Joe gives an example of his son who needed to find a job. His son did not network or send out resumes, but instead he sat in the vision of what he wanted to create and eventually landed his dream job.
This does not mean you don’t have to network or take the tactical steps you need to put yourself out there. Instead I am advocating you do it from a place of joy verses dread. If it feels like you are pushing a rock uphill, ask yourself if you have spent time daydreaming in your vision. If not, allow space in your day for this and incorporate that into your job search strategy. Everything we do is easier when done with joy.
Click here to access the downloadable example of Joe’s diagram he worked on with his son to show you how to organize it in your mind.
The definition of vision is the state to being able to see.
What do you see for your career vision?
How can you start living in it?
Write it out and say it often.
Here are some examples that may help:
I feel confident in my professional career and role; I feel fulfilled in my personal life with my wife and kids. I am feeling really good about my contributions with the people I interact with daily. I am doing what I like to do professionally and feel the positive impact I have as a coach.
I am more confident and communicate in a more direct manner that aligns to my truth. I am willing and encouraged to take more risks in my career. I am clear about the types of career roles I want to move into and I am creating a path in that direction. I feel in control of my career path and liberated! I have a great work/life balance and feel excited about the direction of my career and life.
I have more structure in my life; I am interacting with people I love being with on a regular basis; I feel fulfilled in my career, and I am intellectually challenged, working close to home and making new friends. This new job fits in my life, I love it and feel great that my life is moving forward in a direction I desire.
Spending a few minutes each day living in the vision of what you want to create is part of being in the creative process and actually creating it. Give yourself a break and start visioning your career into reality.
Check out this article in The New York Times on the power of daydreaming.
This works whether you are creating a new career or building your business.
Shift your internal structure so it can support your external creation.