In our young days, friends and family would often ask us what you wanted to become when you would grow up and while some of us had clear answers and visions, others had absolutely no idea but said we’re young and that we’ll figure it out as we go along. Years went by and as we were still figuring things out time flew by and we had to make decisions that may or may not have been ideal. Needless to say we are at a point in our lives where a career is what we seek so whether we have a career vision already set out or we need to figure out what our path is, it’s time to put the wheels in motion. How does one go about creating a career vision? Understanding how to achieve professional success largely depends on this vision and on implementing it right.
A career vision refers to the ensemble, the “big picture” if you will, of how you want your career to be like, which position you want to fill, what you aspire towards, it helps you craft a mental image of who you can be in the future as a career man or woman. What a career vision will do is create the goal that you will want to reach, so that you have something tangible to work for. It creates the absolute peak of your career, the best vision of you, and it has the perk of inspiring, energizing and motivating you whenever you are feeling low. The question is how does one create a career vision statement?
Decide on time
The first thing to do is to choose the amount of time you want to achieve a certain goal in- since nothing can be done in a rush you need to be realistic in setting goals, and your ideal future is not going to be easy to achieve so you need to factor in several missed starts or setbacks.
Analyze your core values
While it is true that you can’t know for sure what will motivate future you, you can surely understand what makes you tick right now, which are your principles and the ideas you won’t give up. Try turning off your negative comments and logic filters and allow yourself to simply dream about the best you can be since a career vision is something that holds all possible outcomes within it.
Ask yourself questions
Do you know what success means to you? Or what level of success will be enough? Are you certain that you would want to have the same job if your cash reserves were endless or is there another avenue you would like to be pursuing? What does career vision mean to you? If you want to know how to achieve professional success, think about the people you aspire to be like, role models that have had a say in what you have become and analyze which of their features and traits you most admire. Think back on what you know for a fact you’re good at: is it interacting with people? Is it being kind and considerate? Is it giving to others? Is it sales or management, being the leader, following the rules, helping others? Imagine your ideal life and write down the most important things that come to mine
Put everything together
After you’ve done all the thinking try writing everything down in a paragraph that concisely portrays your ideal career and read it aloud- does it sound like you? Is it a possible and imaginable outcome and would it make you happy and proud of yourself? If yes, begin setting smaller goals, like stepping stones that will bring you closer to your goal. Imagine the promotions you would need to get, the amount of work you need to put in and focus on each small step. You’re on your way to greatness!