‘Vision’ is one of the fifteen EntreComp competencies and can be characterised as ‘Imagining the future, creating a vision to turn ideas into action and visualising future scenarios to help guide effort and action.’
So, what better time to put this into place than at the beginning of a brand-new year?
Write down your goals
Writing down your goals makes you more likely to achieve them – sounds cliché I know, but it’s true! And the more vividly you write/draw them the more likely you are to achieve them.
So grab some pen and paper this January and get to writing three things you’d like to achieve by the years end, and go into some detail!
Writing ‘find a job’ probably isn’t going to cut it. But – going into some detail like:
‘I want to have a full-time stable job by July this year, and to get there I’m going to commit to applying to X jobs a month, evaluate my CV and connect with X companies I’d love to work with on LinkedIn every month.’
Gives you much more to go on, you could even use SMART to help set your goals.
Make sure you can see them
Once you have written these down the next step is to make sure you can see them, and they don’t become part of that pile of receipts and handwritten notes in the bottom of your sock drawer (or is that just a me thing?)
✅ On the fridge
✅ Post-It notes in places you always look
✅ Bedroom wall
✅ Phone or computer screensaver
You could even share them with close friends and family and ask them to keep the pressure on – it will annoy the hell out of you, but you’ll do it (in my case, just to get them off my back and spite them!)
Create a vision board
One sure fire way of making sure you see it every day is to create a vision board (and again, yes they really work!)
A vision board is where you can be creative (another of the EntreComp competencies) and visualise not only your goals and aspirations but remind yourself of other things – like your best pals you can rely on during the hard times, the cinema ticket from that first date you don’t want to forget just yet or a picture of you and your Gran.
Think things that really inspire you to be your best.
P.S. you don’t need to just use your vision board to visualise your career aspirations – think about other goals you may have in terms of your home and personal life, relationship goals, travel and health.
And don’t forget to have some fun with it! Be CREATIVE!
Stick to it.
This is probably the most important part – stick to it.
It is easier said than done but set aside some time every week where you are going to sit down and work away at your targets. Treat it like a small part-time job – it is the same time every week and it takes precedence over everything else.
Maybe you could set up a small mini office in the corner of your room, or you could agree a time you can hijack the kitchen table but sit down and spend your agreed time working away at those aspirations.
Make them reality.