“How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard
Figuring out career goals is perhaps the hardest to do. While society expects us to know what we want to do with our lives, it isn’t something that just hits us upside the heads. If you are lucky to know exactly what you want, more power to you. However, if you are like me, you may have an idea – a general calling. I have been blessed to know since a young age that I wanted to write. What I wanted to write was a different story. It continues to be something I’m wading through. That’s just the kind of thing I needed to figure out for my first year career goals. I needed to sit down and visualize my dream career. On Day Six, we focused on your career goals and I suggested figuring out your dream job description. This process took me a couple of weeks. If you haven’t guessed, I’m a planner. I need to fully understand and be clear on my goals before I can move forward.
A Continuance of the Foundation Year
This first year of your plan is going to be one of the trickiest. The saving grace will be an understanding that magic and transformation don’t happen overnight. This year is your foundation. It’s when you weed through all the bullshit (pardon my language) and get to the heart of what you really want to achieve in life. I want to just warn you that it WILL seem overwhelming. It WILL be time consuming and there WILL be people with oppositions. When that happens, I want you to come back to your dream job description. Read it aloud. Feel it.
If you are a Gary Vaynerchuk fan, you may have seen his video stating that year seven is the magic year. It takes a lot of hustling, sweat, and sleepless nights before you hit that end goal. It’ll all be worth it in the end.
After you are clear on your job description, start working on you. That’s right. Work on yourself. Develop talents that are needs to your end goal. (If your end goal is anything to do with technology, there is an extremely high likelihood that technology will change over the next 10 years. Don’t worry about that. Worry about staying current with trends and you’ll naturally progress.) For me, I knew my professional development was going to be joining Toastmasters. Public speaking is a skill I am needing to master in order to meet the requirements of my dream job description. I am by no means a professional speaker but since joining I’ve improved tremendously. What do you need to work on?
Taking this journey one day at a time sounds downtrodden so I’ll just remind you of this wonderful quote from some random genius on the inter-webs: “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”
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