This will be one of the last posts I’ll write in 2016. And so I want to ask:
What does 2017 look like for you?
Like so many people who take their professional development seriously, my clients are already thinking ahead to 2017. Rather than delaying to the New Year and losing precious momentum, they’re choosing to ensure a swift and satisfyingly productive start to 2017 by getting into their Vision Thinking now.
That’s not the case for everyone. As many choose to put everything work-related down for the holiday period, they bundle into that any thoughts for professional development. And so it’s neglected until the return to work – when, of course, they’re just too busy to look at it.
Now, if that’s a conscious decision you’re making: I completely respect that.
But if not: what a fantastic opportunity missed.
An opportunity to connect with the things you love outside of work and so find new motivation and inspiration for work. An opportunity to start designing ambitious career plans for 2017, whilst remaining grounded by the things that matter beyond career.
Above all, what a great opportunity to take that mental step back and, at arms length, find a “clarity of distance”.
To make best use of this capacious thinking space, it pays to get really specific with your plans.
Take dead aim
When I work with someone on their goals, I find it most productive most of the time to keep the initial vision thinking really expansive. No constraints, no limitations, maybe not even too many specifics. More freedom, more space, more time, more energy, more fulfilment, they might say.
And from that place, they’re able to start adding the detail of goals and strategies to make those things happen.
And at that stage: we need to take dead aim.
As I’m writing this, about 10 days ago (Saturday, 03 December 2016) England beat Australia in the rugby to complete an unbeaten year. After the match, the Australian-born England coach Eddie Jones was already looking ahead. Here’s what he said:
“We have 1,020 days until the World Cup final on 02 November, 8pm Japan time, to get ready. And that is what we are aiming for.”
Eddie, like other elite sporting coaches, knows what a goal-achieving difference it makes to take DEAD AIM.
Nothing makes a goal happen like getting 1000% focused; encapsulating the goal in an ecosystem of strategies; and making the committed decision to execute. That’s what taking dead aim means.
Your 2017 career strategy worksheet
To help you on your way, download your Career Strategy Worksheet here.