How to start creating the career and life you want.

How to start creating the career and life you want. Photo of woman walking down a street in the mediterranean.

If you want to do something different in your career, than a large part of your approach should be spent looking at all the important aspects spanning not only those pertaining to it, but to everything else we tend to lump into the ‘life’ category.

At first you need to go big, and I mean really big, with what you want.

Disengage from the ‘how’, the ‘why’, the ‘where’ and the ‘when’ and bring in some (dare I say it) long overdue freedom and space to re-engage with dormant desires and unearth new ones.

Create some new possibilities for your future.

Give yourself about an hour, grab some paper and write what you want from these 6 key areas of your life (including your career):

  • Relationships
  • Finances
  • Home
  • Leisure and hobbies
  • Health
  • Career

As you write, ask yourself these questions to pull out all the details (it can be in the detail where the gold is!):

  • What does this look like?
  • Are there feelings associated with this?
  • How will I know I have achieved this?
  • Are there sights, sounds, noises that bring this to life?
  • Who am I with?
  • What am I wearing?

Keep asking yourself ‘what else?’ and dig deep. Don’t leave anything out!

Before you get started, here are a few key points to remember as you undertake this exercise:

  • These possibilities are not time dependent, they could happen in a year from now, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years.
  • Pull out your dreams, no matter how crazy they may seem.
  • If you’re unsure about an idea, add it anyway.
  • Capture everything that is important to you and that you would love to have happen.

Once completed, come back to what you have captured a few days later and edit as appropriate.

Create a vision board.

In her book ‘The Source’ Dr Tara Swart describes creating a vision board (or action board as she prefers to call it) to ‘prime your brain to grasp opportunities that will bring you closer to the things you have identified you want in your life.’

Finding visual ways to represent what you have unearthed in the 6 key areas of your life and creating a vision board will have a greater impact on your brain than relying on the written word.

As Swart explains: ‘…images track instantly to your brain’s visual centres, bypassing conscious thought, which means the brain’s filtering system can’t edit them out or dismiss them. They are emotive and symbolic, inspiring energy and action in the real world. Compared to a traditional written list of ‘personal goals’ or even a ‘to-do’ list, an action board will have way more impact on your brain and your future behaviour.’

If you are able to, create a vision board manually as opposed to an online version:

  • Collect as many publications (magazines for example) as you can and when you have a good sized stack, begin flicking through and cutting out any and every image that relates to what you captured in the exercise above. Once you have finished, go through the pile again and cut out anything else that catches your eye.
  • Be sure to take note of less literal images that represent the possibilities across the 6 key areas of your life – indulge in some metaphors! Swart advises avoiding words and numbers unless the number represents the figure you would like to earn.
  • Once you have your pile of images, begin to position them on your vision board around the 6 key areas until you are happy with what you create, then you can stick the images down.
  • Now, find somewhere to place your vision board where you will see it every day.

Giving time to this very manual process has huge benefits which is why Swart advocates it: ‘The fact you create it with your own hands and see it every day in full colour activates numerous pathways in your brain (tactile, visual, emotional, intuitive, and motivational), sending them the core message about what you truly want far more powerfully than just reading a list or thinking about your goals from time to time will ever do.’

Now, be curious and see what happens in your career and life!

Here’s to creating new possibilities. 

Photo by Who’s Denilo ? on Unsplash.