If you’re still feeling stuck when it comes to your career or if you feel that perhaps you’re in the wrong career, one way to help you out of that rut is by writing your own career vision statement. I believe that it is a very effective way to clarify and provide the big picture as to where you’d like to be career wise.
First of all, what is a vision statement….
It is an aspirational declaration or description of what you’d like to achieve as your ultimate career desire. It will serve as a guide when choosing your course of action to help you get there and it can also include how you intend to achieve those goals.
How can it benefit your career….
By being clear on what you truly want to do or be as a career is the first step to helping you get there. Once you know what you want to do will then make it easier for you to decide exactly what you need to do to get there which can then be broken up into small actionable goals and by achieving these smaller goals will eventually lead you to achieving your main goal which is your true career desire.
By having your career vision statement written down you can then refer to it daily or weekly or as often as you like to help keep you on track and motivated (especially when you’re having a bad day at the job you despise) to keep you moving toward your ultimate career goal.
How to write one….
Your career vision statement is your own personal statement meant to be written how you personally prefer it to be in your preferred order.
To help you come up with one the following should hopefully assist you in that.
First, the obvious question, what is is that you want to do for a living? When answering this question it is best to eliminate all doubt and negativity from your mind in order to come up with a true and genuine answer. Look at it from the point of view of anything’s possible. If there were absolutely no obstacles in getting there and money were not an issue, what would you be doing as a career?
Think about how this dream career will make you feel and include that in your statement. This is particularly helpful when you encounter those times while on your way to your dream career where you hit obstacles and resistance. So when this happens, by looking back at your statement especially at the part where you describe how your dream career will make you feel should then help you push through the resistance and get back on track.
Think about how you’ll conduct yourself in your dream career. For example, if you want to be a teacher then what kind of teacher will you be? Will you be inspiring your students to lead better lives? Will you teach them something technical? Or if you want to be a manager in a shop, will you increase sales by a certain amount? Will you coach your team to be the best sales team? Or if you want to be a writer, what kinds of books will you write? Will you freelance? And so on.
If you’re still stuck, here is an example….
“I will be a successful, published author who writes award winning books and ebooks about helping women everywhere achieve their ultimate desires in their work, family and life. By doing what I love will allow me to live a life free of stress and burden and I will be financially independent. I will work from my laptop in any location that I desire and be able to work around my family commitments.”
As you can see it is short and concise and it states what will be done, how it will be done and how it will make them feel.
Now I turn it over to you and ask you to sit down and start writing your own career vision statement and see how your mood changes once it’s done. If you’re comfortable to do so, please share it in the comments below. I’d love to see what you come up with.
Till next time