Before you can begin to design your ideal career, you need to design your ideal life. Most people set goals that are much too small because they don’t believe something bigger and better is possible. Now is the time to go beyond your current limitations and beliefs and find out what you really want to do in life. The biggest mistake people make is trying to design their lives around their careers. It works much better the other way around. Start by designing your ideal life and then figure out what sort of career would support it.
Most of my clients find it isn’t so easy to design an ideal life. I’m giving you a blank slate, and you can invent absolutely anything you want. Where do you want to live? Who do you want to be? What would a normal day look like? Now describe your ideal life in glowing and vivid detail. You can write it down in a journal or draw pictures. If you aren’t much of an artist or writer, you can cut and paste magazine pictures that represent elements of your ideal life into a collage. You get the idea. Make a scrapbook or invent some other creative way to design your ideal life.
Start incorporating as many aspects of your ideal day/life as possible into your life right now. You may not have a butler to bring your croissant and coffee in the morning, but you could make them for yourself. You may not be doing any travelling on the job, but you could book your next vacation to Paris and let your boss know that if the opportunity for travel arises, you’d like to be the one to go. Start making even the smallest steps in the direction you want to head, and you’ll soon be there.
Excerpted from the international bestselling book, Coach Yourself to Success, by Talane Miedaner
Copyright 2014. Published by McGraw-Hill.