Goal setting is an important part of any job search or career transition. The job search is a sequence of events each with set objectives you are trying to reach. Your resume gets you an interview, the interview to a job offer and so on.
Any change in your career can also be a wearisome process. There are times when you do not hear back from employers. You get rejected after going through job interviews. So much seems beyond your control. Developing a business means giving up security of a regular job.
One of the things that can make a difference is your attitude and performance. A technique that can help is visualization. Visualization is a technique where one uses their imagination to visualize a specific behavior or event. It creates a mental image of ourselves as we perceive another experience.
Visualization allows you to see outcomes as you would like to see them rather than the actual outcome. It can give you the motivation and outlook to reach your goals. It deepens your perceptions and mindset. Visualization can be most effective following these steps.
If you have never used visualization, start with simple goals. As an example, look at the development of your resume. The resume is targeted toward a particular job or opportunity. Putting your accomplishments and transferable skills on paper can be difficult for some.
Visualization can be used here by developing a mental image of you in that position. Think about what activities you will be doing. What do you bring that benefits that employer? Think of yourself in that position and the success you bring.
Focus On One Thing
Visualization is most effective when it is directed to a specific issue. It is easy to go off tangent and get ahead of yourself with this practice. To get the most out of it, envision yourself in one particular situation.
When you are able to narrow your efforts to one facet, you understand the results better. You can take a more realistic view of your goals. Your path is clearer and centered.
Know What You Want
Knowing what you want to achieve is necessary. You need to know what direction to go in before taking your first step. You cannot see yourself in a successful setting if you do not know what that setting is.
When use visualization, you see clearly of what you can do. Some of the intrinsic benefits include:
It builds confidence
It improves your self- image
It relaxes you
You Met Your Goal…Sort Of
Picture yourself in whatever aspect you are trying to accomplish. What would it be like if you got that job? How would it feel if you gave your resignation in your current position?
Visualization can be powerful in showing what it may be like when you make your goals. When you use visualization you:
Develop new ideas
You realize what is possible
Break Down Your Goals
There is gap of setting your goals and actually reaching them. It requires work and persistence to complete your efforts. It also gives you a roadmap on what you need to accomplish.
Visualization is just one technique in your job search toolkit. It can be used before an unsettling interview. It can be used after you get positive feedback from a potential employer. Use it in conjunction with other job search activities. Make it one part of your overall strategies.
It also helps if you are starting a business or freelance endeavor. When you launch into this sector there are unknown factors that can hinge on your performance. Visualization gives you a higher quality of thinking to meet these challenges.
Think about how things would be if you did not set up goals in your job search. You would be floundering in a job you are not satisfied in. You work in a position that underutilizes your skills.
When you use visualization take note of the subtle differences between what you are doing now and what you want to do. This gives you a better idea of what areas you need to work on to get what you want in your career.
The practice of visualization does not mean taking up some metaphysical activities. You don’t need to be practicing meditation for an hour a day. Taking a few moments to picture yourself changing jobs, working from home or whatever your career goals is sufficient.
Visualization also gives you the momentum to take action. A mental rehearsal of success means something can be done. It helps overcome procrastinating and over-analyzing to move forward and make a positive change in your career.