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“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Can you envision your dream work?
Some people believe the steps to create your dream job start with making a conscious choice about their work, and others believe the work ultimately chooses them. No matter how the process happens for you, this is about claiming your true identity by asking the following:
What would my work life look like, if I did my best to pursue my passions and live my purpose?
I encourage you to experiment with various creative techniques to help you in this process, such as movement, meditation, drawing, writing and role-playing. Some people discover their vocation by paying attention to their emotions or intuition. Others believe they receive the answer from a higher wisdom, when they pray for it. You may gain clarity through talking things over with a friend or advisor. Many people have had an epiphany while interacting with nature, exercising, driving or even while watching television.
A vision is a mental image of the future or a goal to strive for. While clarifying your dream work, and taking steps to create your dream job, this vision will come in and out of focus. Some of you may feel that you have too many visions. If this is the case, you will need to try one or more on to see if they fit. If one doesn’t fit, you have learned something valuable, and can try something else. If you like multi-tasking, you will not need to choose just one of them. We are living at a time when you may be able to piece together several paths to form a career. These portfolio careers can be developed simultaneously, or one-by-one in an overlapping series.
Once you see a vision and choose a direction, it’s critical to take steps to create your dream job promptly and boldly. Taking action is a way to build momentum toward your best career. Some examples of taking action might be telling your spouse about your dream, or signing up to sing at an “open mike” event. I encourage friends to use my home for brave actions once a month. We get together for a Visionary “talent night,” and pot luck dinner. Past talent nights included a song, paintings, a few business plan pitches, a computerized presentation, a short film and poetry. Whatever you decide, start today- with a small step or a big leap.
The New World Institute can help if you are grappling with your choice of careers. If you are one of the many people out of work right now, you may even qualify for one of our full scholarship programs. To apply: Go to The New World Institute to see if our group program is right for you; complete the free Career Change Assessment; then write us at firstname.lastname@example.org