Energize your work with a big picture vision


Imagine having a job that isn’t a good fit, one that feels uninspiring, even frustrating. Now imagine projecting that forward for the next ten years.

Does it get heavier? Does that feel harder to tolerate than simply spending one day doing something that is out of alignment?

That projection is something many people do. They take a less-than-ideal current experience and project it forward, filling the future with an infinite series of uninspired days like two mirrors reflecting each other. If you think of each of those days as a mental, emotional weight, that gets heavy quickly!

Why do people do that? Because that’s all they can see! They look into the future and see a void, which their mind then fills in with more of the same.

The value of a vision

The good news is that you can take advantage of the flip side of that as well. Instead of projecting your current dissatisfaction endlessly into the future, you can project inspiration.

When you feel stuck on an endless treadmill of uninspired days, it can feel draining and disheartening. But what if you were actually headed someplace you cared about? What if the work you do today could be put in the context of a step towards a vision that energizes and inspires you?

Imagine creating a 10-year vision for your career, a goal that inspires you and challenges you to bring your full array of gifts and abilities to the game. It might be related to what you’re currently doing, or it might be something completely unrelated.

(Check out these links for more on the benefits of a vision and how to discover your vision.)

When you find a compelling vision and commit to moving towards it, it creates a whole new context for the here and now. First, it blasts you loose from Stuckville. You no longer feel condemned to repeat day after day of a job that doesn’t really work for you.

On the surface, nothing might have changed. You might still be showing up, putting in your time in a job that doesn’t quite fit, and going home. But now you’re also creating momentum toward something you care about.

That one simple fact can cause a huge shift in how you experience your work. Why? Because you no longer have the weight of an infinite number of future days of a job that drags you down. You can see a different possibility. More importantly, you’re starting to move towards it.

A vision opens the door to action

When you identify that vision, you can start asking questions, like:

  • What steps do I need to take to get there?
  • What part of my current experience can help me make it happen?
  • Where are the opportunities to learn and grow in my current work that can better prepare me to make this happen?
  • Who do I need to know to help me make it happen?
  • What knowledge do I need to gain?
  • What communities do I need to get involved in?

You’ll notice that, once you get the context of what it’s going to take to get there, you can start exploring how to take advantage of your current path. Now suddenly it’s not just an ill-fitting job stumbling into an infinitely ill-fitting future. There is potential to find value in it, even if it’s not yet what you really want to be doing.

Is there training you could pursue? A project you could volunteer for that would give you valuable experience? Mentors you can find?

Even if there is absolutely nothing you can find in your current job that will help move you towards the vision, you can still put it in context of that vision.

How? By recognizing that it’s a platform from which to start building. Think of your current job as a funding source to fund your pursuit of your vision. While you are taking steps on a parallel track (learning, building relationships, etc.) your job is providing a revenue stream to meet your needs.

So what’s your vision?

Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM

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