These past few years, I’ve had quite a few “aha” moments. Those moments when I realized my dreams were coming true: from launching my own consulting practice, to teaching in the Master’s program from which I graduated, and now working with WOMEN Unlimited ten years after completing that wonderful program. In each case, it felt like serendipity, but the truth is, I had envisioned each of them and had taken steps along my path leading me toward them.
What about your path? What is ahead for you? And specifically, where will you be in 2014? The power of vision + action is incredible. So, take a few moments to ask yourself these questions:
What would make 2014 a truly amazing year for you?
Take some time to think deeply about it. No one else can, or should, define this for you. Be open and honest with yourself. Admit those things that you are scared to wish for.
What are you doing to make that vision a reality?
What are you really doing? Not just thinking. While there are things you can’t control, they tend to work in your favor if you attend to those things you can control.
Who can help you?
We cannot be successful in a vacuum. The good news is successful people tend to enjoy helping others become successful too. Who is doing what you’d like to do? How can you learn from them or get support from them?
Taking these last couple weeks of the year to rejoice, renew and reflect on your present and the path ahead can launch your success in the new year.
I’m trying out a new theme for my blog. Most likely, you won’t notice. It’s not radically different from the original theme. But I like it. So, I changed it. Just because I can.
Sometimes it’s good to do this. It’s like re-arranging your furniture. It knocks the dust off. Provides a new perspective. Sometimes we need to do that in our career too. Keeps it fresh. Keeps us growing. I did it in my own, and have never regretted it.
The timing of this post was unintentional, but I guess this is a good time of year for trying something new. I’m already thinking about some more meaty changes as well for next year. What new thing will you try in the new year?
One thing successful artists have in common is “vision”. Having a vision is absolutely essential to an artistic career because it’s generally such a self-directed endeavor. Successful artists know exactly how they want the music to sound, what the painting should look like, how the dance should make it’s audience feel. Because they see or hear it themselves in their head. They feel it in their gut. I recently saw the movie This Is It. No matter what you think about Michael Jackson, he was an artist with a vision. He knew what he wanted his audience to experience. He shared that vision with his collaborators, using language that had a visceral quality, so they could help him make the vision come to life. “Let it simmer,” he said of one measure, instead of saying “hold that a beat longer”. He could see it. He could feel it. And, as a result, others could too.
Artists do not have the luxury of having a nice, neat corporate career path laid out for them. You do, but is that really the best thing for you? If you follow that path, will you look back in a few (or many) years and realize you have a skill and knowledge set that is someone else’s dream (for you or for themselves) instead of your dream? Do not get lulled into this. That is not to say that there are not fulfilling, long-term careers in the corporate world. There are. But the most fulfilling ones are those that are self-directed.
Do you have a career vision? Do you know what kind of work you want to do next month? Next year? Now, at year-end, when we take stock and make resolutions – this is a good time to spend some time thinking about our career vision, and what we can do over the next year to live that vision, or at least move toward it. And perhaps even writing these things down. It’s amazing the power putting something in writing has. Even if you are not (yet) ready to share it with anyone else.
Start today. Remember, you are the author, the painter, the choreographer of your own career.