Envision what success looks like one year from now.
- If your strengths and values are your compass, your vision is your desired destination. Once you know where you're going, the pivot process can take you there. But first, you need to pinpoint at least generally where you want to end up. Your vision attaches a specific future-based form to your strengths and interests. And by the way, creating a compelling one-year vision could be one of the gutsiest things you'll do in this process. When you allow yourself to identify something that truly excites you, fear gremlins often start popping up.
Who do you think you are to write that down? You can't possibly make that happen. You're not good enough. You should be more realistic. Even if these voices pop in, keep going. The most important thing at this stage is not to censor yourself. Go big and broad with your brainstorming, stretching yourself to reach outside of your comfort zone. Then you can always narrow it down later. And besides, if you're a high-net growth individual, those voices are a sign that you're on exactly the right track. Check out the Ideal Day MadLib exercise that accompanies this video and consider what excites you most? What does success look like one year from now? How do you want to feel? What's your ideal average day? What types of projects are you working on? What do you want to learn? How do you want to grow? What kind of impact do you want to make on your team, within the organization, on customers and clients, on your family, your community, and even the world more broadly? Finally, imagine you were to win an award or someone were to write you a glowing thank you note one year from now.
What would it be for? If you were winning an award, what would they be recognizing you for? What kind of contribution would you have made over this next year? If it were a thank you note, how would this person be saying that you changed or impacted their lives? The more captivating your vision the more it will recharge you during the most uncertain times of your pivot. Even if you don't know yet all the specifics, capturing how you generally want to feel and what you do know about what success looks like will give you a big boost for the pivot stages that follow.
- Optimizing your current role
- Identifying your strengths
- Crafting a one-year vision of success
- Making connections to "friendtors" and one-off mentors
- Creating a skill-building game plan
- Identifying small experiments and stretch projects
- Embracing smart risks
- Mapping next moves to make a greater impact