Most of us keep our wildest career dreams under wraps. I’m convinced this is completely normal. (What we value most — is always the most heavily protected.) When I decided to become a psychologist, I really didn’t know my own mind or what I had to offer. Over the years that picture has become more defined. It developed. It has also pivoted from the original dream that flashed through my mind’s eye at 17.
That is also completely normal.
When we are young, everyone asks about our career “dreams”. Where we want to go, what we would like to contribute. As we get older — not as much. We stop envisioning and we can start to “settle”. Just like the newly poured foundation of a house.
I believe that is where organizations lose their best people to disengagement. Either managers do not have the time and training to discuss such things or contributors aren’t encouraged to force the conversation. The best places to work, get things done. But career vision is in the corner of their eye. It isn’t ignored.
They acknowledge that when work life stagnates, the end is around the corner.
That is why it is critical to dreams. To envision.
In that way, we can flesh out what is there (or not).
In that way we can hammer out a path or at least away to incorporate that passion.
I challenge you to share your next dream chapter with 3 people.
Consider how that vision can become (at least in part) a reality.
Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. She is a charter member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program. Her thoughts on work life have appeared in various outlets including Talent Zoo, Forbes, Quartz and The Huffington Post.