Episode 62: A New Way to Create Your Career Vision

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Creating a career vision requires thinking differently. Most people think that in order to create a big career vision or any change in life, you need to first achieve the result you’re looking for, and then you show up the next day and learn how to live and steward that result. 

That’s one way to do it. 

In this episode, let’s have some fun. I am going to talk about how to create your vision from a future perspective.  

Your imagination is your creative spark. Your imagination asks you to try on possibility. Which is really jumping into the future. 

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Hey friends, welcome I am your host, Jill Griffin

Today I want to talk about creating a big career or life vision. So open your notes app, or grab a pen because this one is a fun journey where I ask you, some of my favorite career visioning questions.

Most people think that in order to create a big career vision or any change in life, you need to first achieve the result you’re looking for, and then you show up the next day and learn how to live and steward that result. 

That’s one way to do it. 
I want to talk about how to do it from the future perspective. 

Totally different. 
Different energy. Different outcome. 

No matter where are in your career, you can create an incredible vision by living from your future – it may sound a little cray, but it’s true. You learn to use your imagination, possibility thoughts, and the feeling of inspiration to create what you want. 

Who do you want to be?
When you think of your career in a year from now or ten years from now, what have you created? Who have you become? 

What advice does your future self have for you? 

If you already had the job, the promotion, were leading the department, what would your future self tell you. 

I mean the best person to get advice from is your future self. 

Our minds like to make decisions from the past because it is predictable and safe. We learn from our past what works and what doesn’t so our brains want to go back and make decisions based on what we already know. 

If you are someone whose strengths lie in looking at historical data, finding the previous context, digging into analytics, this is going to be a new way of thinking for you. 

In order to do this, it requires imagination. And time. 

Your imagination is your creative spark. Your imagination asks you to try on possibility. Which is really jumping into the future. 

The easiest way to do this is to create a result is to think and act like the person who has the result. Imagine you already have these things, what would you be thinking about all day? 

If you already had the career you wanted, the solid partnership with your teammates, you knew how to deal with the chaos at work, you already got the promotion, you launched your side business….I’ll offer you this…if you were already had the promotion, you would be thinking about getting the promotion all the day. Do you know who thinks all the time about how to get the promotion? Someone who doesn’t have the promotion. 

So fast forward to the future. Bring your imagination with you, find the thought or things that future self is thinking and bring that future perspective into your life, today. 

What is your dream career? What do you want to create, ultimately? ​

If your idea is comfortable, it is probably in line with your current default thinking. And your default thinking is defined by the limits of the past and the present, not the decades of surprising, success you have ahead of you… if only you would see it and choose it in advance.  

One of my mentors makes about $40 million a year. She said that her goal is to make 100 million dollars in one year because she wanted to see if she could. She wanted to see the people she’d hire, the lives she’d touch, and the impact she’d make on her community. Just because she can. 

Then I realized that if you have the thought that you are going to make 100 million dollars in a year, you are probably going to carry yourself differently. You don’t just wake up and say you’ll start tomorrow. You start TODAY.

You’ll probably have a different perspective on your current career. 

You’ll probably problem-solve differently when challenges come up. 

You’ll look at your clients, and bosses, and teammates and the world differently. 

Think about your goal, not just this year, go beyond that — to a decade from now. What do you want for the career and life ahead of you?  

What feels like an IMPOSSIBLE dream? Write down whatever comes to mind first. 

If it feels exciting or fun, it’s probably too small. 

If it doesn’t require the help of others, it is probably too small. Let’s dream. 

We’re simply imagining what’s possible. No thought police are coming after us. Make it bigger. Bolder. More impossible.

If the rational brain pipes up, tell it to take a nap for now. We are going to come back for it, but not yet. You must allow the window of possibility to open just an inch or two.

When you consider the possibility that the big vision is available to you, what emotions do you feel? Write those feelings down, 

When you consider the possibility that the big vision is available to you, how do you carry yourself differently? Write these actions down

When you consider the possibility that the big vision is available to you, and that it is yours to create and have, how do you think about your career, both current and future? Write these thoughts down. 

When you consider the possibility that the big vision is available to you, would you change the goals you help your peers, partners, or clients set? If so, how? 

When you consider the possibility that the big vision is available to you, what would you want to change, if anything, about your current position, dream, or business? 

These are the questions that will bring you answers to begin to become that person now. When you become that person now, you create the results, not the other way around. 

Ok, folks, let me know what vision you are creating for yourself. And if you need help, I’d be honored to help you. Check out the details in the show notes where you can schedule an appointment to see if my private or group coaching is right for you. 

Alright, my friends. I appreciate you. Thanks for joining me this week. Until next time.

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