Create Your Career Vision Board …

Waiting, wanting and willing to put up with all of the uncertainty and fear of not knowing what is coming around the corner is enough to make anyone wish they were not living in the now.  We have a way of throwing ourselves off balance, waiting for the right moment to make a career move whether we know where we are going or not. Well, it’s okay to be afraid.  When in doubt, it’s time to move on…

Life is full of changes.  Whether you are expecting a child, moving into a new house, recently engaged or in transition wondering if you should change careers, these types of challenges can evoke deep fears and apprehension.  That is okay.  This kind of fear is good.  There is a wisdom in fear.  The wisdom comes in knowing when to quit, or when to stick with it, or when to have the good sense to know when it’s time to move on. Fear can usually  throw us for a loop.  Fear has a way of forcing us through our comfort zone and helping us face our new career choice whether we think we are ready for it or not.

If we learn to respect the lessons that fear has to teach us we may even be able to welcome the moments when we are afraid as a reminder of when it’s time to make a move in our career.  While it’s not usual for us to welcome or even to honor  fear as an ally, if we learn to recognize our fear as a wake-up call for change, we can learn to make our career choices with a sense of calm and understanding.

Feeling uncertain or insecure about making a career change whether you have a job or are looking for your next one is a normal and expected part of the job search process. We all have fears and question the choices we make even if we are not ready or prepared to make them especially when it comes to what we most want to do and where we’d most like to be.

When we face our fear of change, we can overcome any obstacle in our efforts to find the perfect job.  One way to face our fear is to write them down, express them in words, phrases, pictures or images.  Make a collage of your fears, a visual representation of what scares you the most.  And then do something really wonderful with them.  Burn them.  Create a ritual where you release the past and make room for the future.

Create a collage of your perfect job.  Include pictures of  where you’d like to work- Disney, Universal, Sony. Write a description of your perfect job, include how much money you’d like to make, even print paper money and post it on your board.  List the awards and accolades you’d like to earn. Begin to truly create and build your “Career Vision Board.”  You’ve heard of vision boards to illustrate where you’d like to live, what car you’d like to drive, what relationship you’d like to be in and so on. Well using that same concept, create your Career Vision Board to help you visualize and  focus on what it is you truly want from your next career move.  When you stay focused, clear and intent on what it is you truly desire from your life, you begin to forget the very thing that prevents you from getting there-fear.

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12 thoughts on “Create Your Career Vision Board …

  1. Lisa, fully agree that a career vision is very powerful in providing a clear roadmap. You have covered the underlying feeling of fear very well, particularly in confronting that fear.

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  3. Dear Lisa,

    This is a wonderful concept. I attended the National Career Development Association conference in St. Louis in July. Several of the workshops covered the concept of creating a collage or other visual media to represent your career vision. I think it is an excellent tool.

    I would be interested to hear from professionals that have used this successfully with their customers/clients. I have yet to implement this into my training program.

  4. Lisa, what a great approach. Sounds like a business/annual plan to me. If we can’t envision what we want, how will we ever get it?

  5. Great article! I’ve heard of “Marriage vision boards” but didn’t think to apply the idea to careers. Great idea.

  6. Thanks for suggesting the article! This is a great idea to keep focused on you goals and dreams.
    Nathalie Gomez Student at Art Institute of California – San Francisco

  7. One of my closest girlfriends asked me to attend a weekend seminar with her and I took an expensive course with Marie Diamond (The Secret — Movie)… and we did our Vision board… I was amazed at the turn around within weeks. (Projects doubled over the course of 6 weeks after the course! Then the following 3 months after that they still increased… I don’t think it was just a coincident!)

    I didn’t know you were suppose to put of photo of yourself in the middle of the board… also the board has a certain Feng Shui order to the placement of items and photos you place on it, as well as, the board must be hung on a wall that’s in a certain direction (West,East, etc).. for maximum benefit (according to your date of birth and year). I don’t know HOW this truly works… I just know it WORKS… it was totally worth the investment of my time and money… and Marie gives a great class. I get a kick out of referring to the book and CD’s for friends, and my observation is it assist’s them tremendously in health, finances and one particular friend a new love!

    Can’t hurt to try new things… especially when you see great results! That’s what my girlfriend said to get me in the class… and I must say I agree with her 🙂
    By BiBi DeAngelo Owner, A Stars Production & Casting and Production Consultant, Member of Women In Film

  8. Hi Bibi,
    That’s a great story!! Do you think you could take a photo of your vision board (or your friend’s, or anyone who would be willing to share if it isn’t too private) and email it to me or put it up on your website? I have a bunch of photos collected but would like to see how i could arrange them on the board.
    By Lisa Rothstein Award-winning screenwriter, Copywriter / Marketing Consultant & Coach for Creative People

  9. Lisa…
    I truly can’t share the photo of my vision board… I have posted up NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) project up on the board with titles of future projects… so it’s very confidential in that regard…
    enjoy your day,
    By BiBi DeAngelo Owner, A Stars Production & Casting and Production Consultant, Member of Women In Film

  10. Thank you for sharing such an topical article with all of us. I’ve bookmarked your blog will come back for a re-read again. Keep up the great work.

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