People sometimes ask me, when they learn that one role I play is as a career change coach, what gives with all this goal setting?
Now, these are smart (pun intended) folks who’ve learned to successfully use goal setting as a necessary getting on tool within the corporate world.
So why do I often get the impression that they’re sick to death of setting yet more of them?
Perhaps it’s because many of the corporate stakeholder aligned goals (ugh!) are frequently not ones they would truly choose for themselves. (Spare me the brickbats! I accept that this is one of the moral hazards when playing an employee role.)
I’ve come to think that’s often the case.
And why I now put goal setting at the end of a 3-step goal creation process for potential career changers:
First comes the broad career vision of what you want you want or believe yourself to be capable of (and exploration of that latter point can be several coaching sessions in itself).
Second comes an increasing and compassionate awareness of the various roles you are playing in your life/career (and to be contrasted with those you’d like to start playing, stop playing or continue to work on).
Thirs is the process of creating goals which lead, urge, compel you to follow your visionary roles. These develop over time and with experience.
How to begin?
How about starting with your present career situation:
What is your vision of how your career might successfully unfold in the next 3 to 5 years?
What’s one word that summarizes the visionary blueprint implied by your definition of career success?
To get you thinking about a visionary blueprint for a successful career change, here’s one of my favorite quotes from Joseph Campbell:
People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking.
I think that what we’re really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.
By coming up with this one word you’ve created the essence of what I call a BIG goal.
An olympic-sized goal.
You can learn to create this vision for yourself in the online goal creation maps course at goalcreationmaps.com