I am in the process of developing the curriculum for a new workshop about marketing yourself effectively to employers. While researching material for this, I found some information on developing your personal vision. How important is that in job search?
Squidoo.com defines a personal vision as “a compass that guides us to a destination we have set for ourselves in life. It ensures that we stay focused on our plan to achieve our goals in life and keeps us on track so that we do not deviate from the course we have set. It is a guiding light and a beacon to lead us through storms and rocky terrain towards our destination.”
Briefly put, your vision is what motivates you.
Ultimately, you want to spend your life doing something you believe in. You will certainly find the most success that way. When you are doing something that matches your values, you put more energy into it. You have a vested interest in it. You vision reflects your values. They are your values in action.
Do you have a vision? Try some of these exercises.
1. Imagine yourself at 90 years old, healthy, happy and looking back over your life while sitting in a comfy rocking chair (or whatever chair will make you happy at 90!). What will you have achieved?
2. Where would you like to be in 10 years? What would you like to be doing? Write them down. Break your vision down into detail. Then look at where you’d like to be in 5 years, 2 years, one year, and three to six months from now. What can you do now to get to that place 10 years from now?
This is an ideal way to start setting goals for yourself and your future. But it all begins with having a VISION.
- Where there is no vision, the people perish. (lifebyyou.wordpress.com)
- The power of having a vision in your life (jennyebermann.com)