A vision of your dream can move you toward success. It can motivate and energize you.

At our first meeting Terri told me she had recently broken off a relationship with someone. Her former fiancé was consumed with building a boat to sail around the world. His enthusiasm for the project was so contagious that Terri was drawn in by it. She loved spending time with him working on the boat and dreaming about sailing it. Once they were engaged of course her fiancé expected she would accompany him on the trip.

After really thinking about it Terri realized that she had no desire to leave the coast of Massachusetts where she lived. She admired her fiancé for having such a strong passionate dream. His dream filled a void she had in her life. She actually envied him for having a real sense of where he was headed and felt lost because she had no idea what she wanted for herself.

Many people get caught up in what others dream and want for them. How many people became doctors because their parents wanted them to do it? They took their parents dream as their own without thinking about it. Sometimes that works out but sometimes it does not.

I had a manager who said after he was finished college a friend of his father's who worked for New England Telephone at the time told him that they were hiring at the telephone company. That is how he ended up working there. He never thought about what he wanted to do. When the company was looking for volunteers for a lay off, he decided to leave the company and explore other options.

One lawyer client of mine chose to go to law school because a friend of the family was an attorney and promised my client a job when he finished school.

Sometimes people are lucky and fall into a position that does work for them. More frequently people, who haven't really thought about what they want to do, at some point ask the question, "Is this all there is?"

Wouldn't it be wonderful to be like Terri's fiancé and to be really excited about the work you are doing? How do you get there?

The first step is to have a vision of what your life and work look like when you are doing work you love. Terri's fiancé had a very real picture of the boat he wanted to build and the trip he would take with it.

Some people might have a more global far reaching dream. A baker who works in a bakery might have a vision statement such as: My vision is a world without hunger. Needless to say he can't do that alone but he might start by baking bread in someone's bakery. His dream would give him the energy to find others to support him and ways that he could produce more bread or perhaps sell other food. Maybe he even starts his own bakery and starts donating his day old bread to the local soup kitchen. He uses that vision to guide him in making choices.

Your vision doesn't have to be as global as this. You may be committed to implementing a technology, serving a local community, writing a book, or living a healthy life style. Find a dream that really gets your juices flowing! (Look for a place where you are actually emotional about it.)

A vision guides you in your career. It gives your life and work meaning. If you are working 8+ hours a day and feel stuck, thinking about your vision may be just the catalyst you need to feel inspired to move forward or to make a career change.

Author's Bio: 

Alvah Parker is a Practice Advisor (The Attorneys’ Coach) and a Career Changers’ Coach as well as publisher of Parker’s Points, an email tip list and Road to Success, an ezine. Subscribe now to these free monthly publications at her website www.asparker.com/samples.html Parker’s Value Program© enables her clients to find their own way to work that is more fulfilling and profitable. Her clients are attorneys and people in transition who want to find work that is in line with their own life purpose. Alvah is found on the web at www.asparker.com. She may also be reached at 781-598-0388.