Are leprechauns running to place a pot of job gold at your feet? Are visions of lucky charms and shamrocks falling from the sky offering you all the money you could ever want? Do you wish for and pray to the “Job Gods” to descend from the heavens bearing gifts of promotions, raises and new job opportunities? If so, it’s okay to dream and it’s okay to wish so long as you let your job fantasies carry you far and away into your next new career. You might need a few things to line up first before you lunge head long into your job fantasy. Maybe you think it’s never going to happen to you, but if you don’t at least start the job fantasy process in your head, you’ll likely never wind up in the corner office.
Dreaming big is part of your career strategy whether you think it’s a waste of time or not. Having a job fantasy does not necessarily mean your boss will run away with you, but it might mean you get the job or promotion you want after you’ve worked long and hard for it. Painting your job fantasy with what you see for yourself, where you see yourself and how you feel when you get there is part of the strategy you need when you start your job search. Even if you are not planning to leave your current position, you may still want to create visions of how you’d like to move up in your current job and what your ideal work situation will look like.
Your job fantasy should not be something you restrict to tangible action items that seem realistic but may be out of reach. This is about thinking way outside your comfort zone for all of the crazy possibilities that your job fantasy might include. Here are a few questions you might ask yourself as you linger in job fantasyland awhile longer:
- Do you have a secret desire to be in charge?
- Do you want to earn double your pay?
- Do you want a company car or fly in a private plane?
- Do you desire to direct a large staff?
- Do you want to be recognized as an industry leader?
- Do you want bigger, better more of everything you have now?
- Do you want to be liked or do you care?
- Do you crave recognition and fame?
- Do you want to be a public figure?
- Now that you are all grown up, ask yourself, “Are you everything you dreamed you’d be?”
It’s never too late to think big no matter where life has taken you. You certainly had no trouble dreaming big when you were little so why stop yourself now? Just because you’ve been traveling down your career track for all your life does not mean you can’t change direction if you want. It’s up to you to flip the lever and turn your career in any direction you desire. The key is your DESIRE. Your belief in yourself and your vision of who you are and who you want to be is the strongest and most compelling motivator you have to achieve the kind of success you want in life. Dare to dream your big job fantasy even if it takes you out of your comfort zone. It won’t hurt anyone to dream big!
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