Many of the 50Plus people can look back on a successful and varied career. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm and enjoyment of work has often fallen by the wayside. Again and again I hear the statement: "I feel like in a dead end! The fire that once blazed inside me burns on a low flame." When I ask them to formulate what they want to make of their lives - professionally and privately - many people do not dare to give space and expression to their dreams and wishes. They are not used to focusing on their personal aspirations.
In this situation, formulating a vision is an excellent tool for both developing new perspectives and unleashing potential. A stimulating and attractive vision of the future serves as a guiding star, awakens passion, gives energy and facilitates full concentration on achieving the goals set. Steve Jobs' quote sums it up: "When you're working on something exciting that's really important to you, you don't need to be pushed. The vision attracts you."
If you also feel stuck in your career and recognize yourself in the first paragraph of this article, it is high time to devote yourself to formulating your (professional) vision by answering the following 10 questions. Please note that it may take some time and different drafts before you have developed your both workable and inspiring vision. Allow yourself space and leisure. And most important: Find a competent, creative sparring partner who challenges you to grow beyond yourself.
What am I good at? What are my personal talents, strengths and core competencies?
What are the best qualities I express in my personal and professional relationships?
What is my personal brand? What makes me unique? What is my added value?
What is my passion? What fascinates me? Which activities generate feelings of flow?
Which values are important to me? What do I want to contribute to the world?
What are must-have criteria for my optimal working environment? What would attract me to my workplace every morning?
What are my wishes and goals for life? What do I want to achieve in the short, medium and long term?
Which professions, roles and industries interest me most?
What would I do if I had enough time, means and resources (e.g. enough money) to do what I want?
At the end of a fulfilled life - what do I want to be remembered for?
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