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May 3, 2013

Career Coach: Overcoming Career Turbulence

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This concept of aim is often neglected, yet it is foundational to career progression. What do you want your future to look like? Where to you want to go? What is your picture of success? We cannot program our GPS to a destination that does not exist. Articulating our aim is critical because it gives us a sense of direction and it helps guide our decisions in turbulent times.

Find a quiet place and complete the following statements and questions. Your answers should contain sufficient detail and a clear direction of what you want to become and what you want to pursue. The answers will help you refine your flight plan and will guide you in reaffirming your aim. Write down your answers and revisit them in a few days. Developing your aim is a process of reflection and discovery.

— I wish I could . . .

— I have always dreamt of . . .

— Someday I would like to . . .

— I am most energized when . . .

— If given an opportunity, I would . . .

— What activities do you enjoy the most?

— What gives you a deep sense of satisfaction? Accomplishment?

— What is your "gift"? How are you using it?

— What work or activity do you find most rewarding?

— What contributions or achievements do you find most desirable?

— What issues or causes are you most moved by?

— Which world problem or challenge would you like to see solved?

— How would you like to serve others if time were abundant?

The right answers are never out there in terms of positions, status, titles, prestige and wealth. When we think that the answer about our aim lies in those external factors and we go after them, we may distance ourselves from the object of our search.

You will know when you have connected with your aim because you will be moved by it and so will those whom you touch. Purpose and intent are measured in positive outcomes. It is the consequence of what we do that gives meaning to what we do.

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