Are you in a career that doesn’t fully satisfy you? Do you want to make a change to a new career or make changes to the one you are currently in? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please read on.
Sorry, there is no one perfect job. But there are numerous jobs that can provide you with passion, excitement, good pay, appreciation and inspiration. Most people I speak to about career transition simply do not believe careers exist with these qualities. Even the ones who do believe in the existence of such dream jobs don’t have the courage to make the necessary changes in their life to land such a job.
The most important element in bringing fulfillment to your career is your imagination. Successful people first envision desired outcomes and as a result they are not surprised by their achievements because they were already faultlessly executed through the power of imagination.
Still don’t believe, then ask golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. In his book Golf My Way, Nicklaus revealed the secret behind his own personal imaging technique, “First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes and I see the ball going there: it’s path, trajectory, shape and even its behavior on landing. Then there’s a sort of fade-out and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous image into reality.”
Perhaps the greatest giant in the realm of imagination that the world will ever know is Walt Disney. On Saturdays, the creator of Mickey Mouse took his daughters to a local park to ride the merry go around. While sitting on the bench eating snacks and watching his children enjoy their rides on the carousel, Disney imagined an elaborate family filled amusement park based around the characters he created, putting every minute detail into the place inside the safe haven of his intellect. From the pirates of the Caribbean to Main Street USA, Disneyland is the miraculous result of Disney’s ability to implement the future in his mind. With no preceding examples to draw inspiration from this pioneer of family entertainment relied on his imagination to generate the original blueprint that is still being copied and improved upon around the world.
Just like Nicklaus and Disney, you too can imagine what is possible. Imagine what can be achieved. Imagine all that is available for you and your success. This is how you find the perfect job.
Most people have difficulty thinking outside the box they live in and, thus they stay where they are. I encourage you to go beyond what you know or anything else limiting you. Use your imagination to take you where you want to go. Let it be your guide toward your future. This is the first step–imagining that something different is possible.
Don’t sell yourself short by thinking of how you can’t do something, like the storybook “little engine that could” Think How You Can! That’s how to find the perfect job. The basic imagination framework for success boils down to three simple steps:
- First comes, the thought.
- Then, organization of that thought into ideas and plans.
- Finally, transferring those plans from the “drawing board of your mind” into reality.
But, no matter what you do or how you eventually get the job done, the starting point is always your imagination. When keep an open mind and allow yourself to be drawn to toward what you imagine or even your wildest dreams, you’ll find that something missing in your career.
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JOEL GARFINKLE is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S., and the author of 7 books, including Land Your Dream Job. He provides a step-by-step Dream Job process that has guided thousands of clients to find the perfect job and reach career fulfillment. For Career Coaching Services, visit Dream Job Coaching.
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