A giant chalk board decorates the side of a bar in San Diego. It’s part of global art project called “Before I Die”. The bar owner says the 98 slots usually fill up in a day and when he sees it’s full, he wipes it down so that everyone who walks by has the opportunity to write something. As I read the board comments, I was surprised how many of them embodied thoughts of something that the person was passionate about. It made me think about how many people jobs have but few seem to have a career linked to something they are passionate about.
Now more than ever, your job search needs to be more than just a process to discover what’s “available” but rather the building of a “bridge” to get what you want – something you can truly be excited about! Consider your income as fuel for what you really want to do, not as a goal in and of itself.
The Harvard Business School did a study on the financial status of its students 10 years after graduating and found that:
- 27% of them needed financial assistance.
- 60% of them were living paycheck to paycheck.
- 10% of them were living comfortably.
- 3% of them were financially independent.
The study also looked at goal setting and found that:
- The 27% that needed financial assistance had absolutely no goal setting process in their lives.
- The 60% that were living paycheck to paycheck had basic survival goals to just get by.
- The 10% that were living comfortably said they knew where they were going to be in the next 5 years.
- The 3% that were financially independent had written out their goals AND had clearly defined steps to reach their goals.
Perhaps the JOB SEARCH process needs to be changed to a GOAL SETTING process tied to matching a career to work that gets you excited. Take the time to architect the lifestyle and the career you want and see what happens. You’ll discover that there’s something magical about writing things down that empowers the subconscious mind to alter your thinking and your motivation to take action.
Make your “Before I Die” chalkboard a written plan of clearly defined steps to reach a career goal that gets you excited. Look at it before you go to bed and when you wake up. Then use the magic of 30 days to develop a pattern of thinking that proves that “when you change your thoughts you change your world” and “you become what you think about most often”.