A vision board refers to a technique applied to assist in clarification, concentration, and maintenance of focus on a particular life goal. Essentially, the vision board is a collection of trinkets, sketches, and photographs that reflects the future dreams and goals of an individual. The concept of vision board is directly linked to collaging idea. However, it is applied to a specific are of the individual’s life such as a successful career. Nonetheless, the limits of vision board are limitless.
Currently, I work as a business executive for a medium sized company in Melbourne city. Also, I work part-time as a venture capital strategist. All these activities pose a significant challenge to my success both at a career and family level. My aim in life is to establish a successful career that will result in happiness and satisfaction in all aspects of my life. To help achieve all these, I have designed the following vision board to illuminate my career path.
My Vision Analysis
Main Themes in My Vision Board.
The theme of career success forms the core theme of my vision board. Pursuing success can be compared to aiming to shoot a chain of moving targets. Each time one hits a given target, others pop up from a different direction. Just when one has attained a particular goal, one gets pressure to exert more efforts, earn more money, or even possess a new property. Examples and standards of ‘achievement’ shifts constantly, while at the same time, the social and technological changes regularly to pose new challenges to concur. Professionals in various traditional positions found themselves under satisfied, overworked and totally vulnerable. Looking at my vision board, am reminded that true success should be able to give satisfaction in all other aspects of life such as being with a healthy family, friends, and community.
A good number of individuals still think that career success requires an approach of the winner-takes-all. Their belief is constructed on the notion that success is determined by the amount of energy one puts in achieving a specific goal. The goal to be achieved may range from focusing on a particular job, becoming the best soccer fan in the community, or being a model husband in town. Nonetheless, no matter how humble a particular goal is, it cannot fully satisfy the complex desires and needs of an individual. As the vision board shows, true career success encompasses a lot.
Luckily, success does not have to be viewed as a tug of war that is one-dimensional between happiness and achievement. Am looking forward to develop in the right direction, with my ideals of the good life for myself, my family, and my community. Over time, I have studied several high achievers who were able to realize that long-term success, provides a positive difference, and along the way enjoyed the process. Most successful individuals have attained their success since they had a wider understanding of what success encompasses.
Kaleidoscope Image (Happiness, Significance, Achievement and Legacy Themes)
The vision board encompasses a kaleidoscope (image at far left). Success strategy that is effective can be likened to Kaleidoscope. Kaleidoscope is a simple apparatus that is mechanical comprising of a mirror, tube, and lens that insulates different chambers. Every chamber supports glass pieces that continuously shifts upon the tubes movement. With my dream of a successful life, I try to envision a different type of kaleidoscope. This kind of kaleidoscope also comprises of four chambers. These four chambers are achievement, significance, happiness, and legacy with an addition of a brilliant glass pieces, aims that are sought of fulfilled. As time progress, this patter grows unique, richer and richer. In this context, success is all about pattern, movement, choice and structure that embraces distinct activities together. Just like a kaleidoscope, one has to hold this pattern against the light. Through, constant assessment of the image created in the four chamber, one can easily spot the holes. The holes are the place that will need more consideration in my activities and be sure that I will interrupt other tasks to attend to those activities. Meanwhile, the remaining chips will be sufficient, but will not be enough for the rest of my life.
After compiling my vision board, I realized that people who attain long-term success depend on kaleidoscope strategy in order to structure their ambitions. They are constantly creating new chips in each of the four chamber and selecting their actions with an aim that the image will show an attractive proportionality. Having deep satisfaction in the four categories gives these achievers extra strength, that they are unable to turn away from one category when the other one requires more attention. The satisfaction ensures that they do not walk away from a certain time until they are confident of its success. They hate the term that this is enough. They acknowledge the significance of establishing their own high standards for what they can term as enough and not laying low to the infinite lure of more.
As an exhausted business capitalist, I need to understand that rising back my accomplishment aims is a section of the larger picture of development in the other categories, instead of paralyzing opportunity of loss and achieving nothing. This kaleidoscope vision will allow for cultivation of emotional relationship I desire to have with my family. This encourages me not to give up my desired achievement and readjust the amount of effects I put in that category. To attain this, I need to be more creative and versatile and exhibit more energy than I am now.
Furthermore, as an executive managing a challenging product rollout dilemma in terms of temporary versus lasting achievement. I would perform better in re-structuring my challenges in terms of legacy: What type of platform would I be establishing for the prosperity of this product and that of forthcoming managers in the organization if I chose to distribute unsatisfactory products? Reflecting about the issue from this viewpoint helps in clarifying my priorities. Rather than feeling that way I decided to make a trade-off in a negative sense, even though I could still take a positive perspective of what required the most attention and what was worth my sacrifice.
To attain career success, it is important for one to recreate him/herself. The recreation can be attained through practicing, training, and collection of feedback. This is shown in my vision by the image in bold about Creating yourself. The most important issue in my career development is improvement of my skills. The skills I decide to work on are the skills that I will require in building my future success, or are the necessary skills in my present training like writing skill and research skills. If only I could focus on the improvement of one to three specific skills before the end of this year, then do the same in every year of my training, then am confident that I will be well prepared for my future career.
Establishing skill-development goals is like devising my own curriculum. In a class, an educator determines what material to be covered, offers training, allows the students to practice the course, and then examines their learning skills and ability through examination. In the same manner, for every skill that I intend to improve, I establish SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) goals for that skill. I determine how to be trained, make sure I practice the skill and ensure I obtain feedback. For instance, for me to achieve my desire of becoming a more attractive business executive, I have to go to a workshop that teaches how one can become a business leader that is strong. In order to enhance this skill development, I will have to put the techniques in practice through giving talks to students and even people, holding seminars, presenting at conferences and group meeting. Afterwards, I can obtain feedback from trustworthy colleagues or anyone who will be available and willing to provide the feedback.
Conclusion and Comments on activity
Pursuing success can be compared to aiming to shoot a chain of moving targets. To attain career success, it is important for one to recreate him/herself. The recreation can be attained through practicing, training, and collection of feedback. Success strategy that is effective can be likened to Kaleidoscope. This kind of kaleidoscope comprises of four chambers. These four chambers are achievement, significance, happiness, and legacy with an addition of a brilliant glass pieces. After compiling my vision board, I realized that people who attain long-term success depend on kaleidoscope strategy in order to structure their ambitions. They are constantly creating new chips in each of the four chamber and selecting their actions with an aim that the image will show an attractive proportionality.