May people I meet with tell my “Cheryl, I want more from my life and my work”. When I ask “What do you want?”, often they cannot articulate it in a way that helps me (and the universe) understand what they want so I can support their desires. If I can’t understand what they want, how in the world can others????
In my book, Leadership Energy: Unlocking the Secrets to Your Success, I describe one of the energy areas as iAchieve energy. iAchieve energy is the “fire in our belly” that guides us to get what we want. Here is an excerpt from the book with specific suggestions to help you answer the question “what do you want?”
Answer the following questions to examine the iAchieve energy in you.
- Are you clear about what you want from your career?
- Do you actively work to open doors to achieve your career goals?
- Do you focus and finish things even in the face of roadblocks or setbacks?
- Do you communicate the vision and purpose for your life and your career?
- Are you optimistic about the future?
- Do you create mileposts to rally support behind your vision and purpose?
The more you answer “yes” to the above questions, the stronger the indication that your iAchieve energy is open. Conversely, the more “no” answers indicate a need to open and expand iAchieve energy.
Developing Clarity of Vision
Here are five important tips to creating a personal vision.
- Time: Determining your career vision and plan is not a “fast food” endeavor. In this era of speed, this is one area that requires your time and attention. Some people work intensively for several days and others spread the process out over several weeks. Either way, it takes time. The first step is to give yourself permission and patience to take the time you need to create a vision and plan based on wisdom, not speed.
- Awareness: The amount of time you need is directly related to your own awareness of your strengths, values, interests, personal style, and future goals. If you have not taken time to listen to yourself, or, if you are like most of us and have not thought about what to listen to, then you will need more time. Through the process of awareness comes from the clarity of what you need, want, know, and desire.
- Articulation: From awareness comes the next step, which is articulating our awareness. You need to understand and articulate what you know in the following areas:
- Career Development: What you have learned from your past experiences that lead you to better choices. Observe patterns to what you enjoyed and what you didn’t enjoy throughout your life. Include your childhood, your teenage years and your adult life.
- Abilities: What comes natural and easy to you. The hardwiring of how you operate.
- Skills: What you have learned. The software you have added to your knowledge base.
- Interests: The things that bring you passion and enjoyment.
- Personal Style: Your style, personality, temperament, and the environments you need to honor this style.
- Beliefs: What beliefs you hold about success, career and achieving life fulfillment. Often these come from your family of origin. What beliefs help you move forward and what holds you back.
- Values: Those guiding forces that are key to your life decisions.
- Goals: What you want to achieve.
Understanding each of these factors is much like building a stir-fry. You need to take the time to chop the ingredients before you can begin to create the final product.
- Integration: Pull together the ingredients from above into a vision and a plan to move forward. This “product” comes from you. There is not one expert in the world who can tell you what this needs to be. That is why you need the time and patience to listen to yourself. The result is a powerful, energizing, and unique creation that will move you forward to further career satisfaction and life fulfillment.
- Experience: No matter how wise you are, evaluated experience is a great teacher. Life continues to move and you continue to integrate new experiences and knowledge into your wisdom. Unless you evaluate this new data and allow it to move your decisions and choices, the creation you developed in step four soon becomes stagnant. Take the time to evaluate, make new choices, and transform your future focus. This keeps the vision and plan powerful, energizing, and unique.
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