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December 18, 2011 / The Career Closet

MAKING A LIST…AND WRITING IT TWICE

We’re all guilty of it at some point in our lives, or days. Some of us do it more during the day than others. Yes, daydream. Dream about and relish over what it will be like when we get that awesome job…a new car, money, a great husband or wife, children, a home. Yes, day-dreaming is fun. There is so much that we pine for in life, many times merely because we don’t have it. But your dreams that you carry are dreams that can come true.

Here’s how you can do it…

Take out a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 regular sheet of paper. Split the paper in half down the middle by drawing a line.

1. On the left hand side of the paper, write at the top of the left column:    “Hopes and dreams and things that make you happy”

On this left side make a list of everything that makes you happy. I mean EVERYTHING, don’t hold back. Think of everything and list them out. Money, good job, singing, cars, girls, boys, etc. Whatever it is list it out. Don’t let any preconceived thoughts or ideas cloud your mind here. Open the box up. What are the things that make you happy?

2. Then on the right hand side of the page, next to each item you wrote to the left write the word “YES” or the word “MAYBE.

As you look at each item, honestly answer yourself whether that item coming true is realistic and can definitely happen, or if it’s something that may or may not happen. Writing YES means that “YES THIS CAN HAPPEN AND I AM 100% SURE I WILL ACCOMPLISH THIS.”  The MAYBE means I AM NOT SURE IF THIS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED, BUT I CAN TRY. You have to be a realist here. Yes, you may want to do everything, but you can’t. You’re just really good at a lot of things, just not all.

This list allows you to open yourself up to whatever possibilities there are in life that make you happy. It is so important to create that list first to motivate yourself, and to build a pathway for your journey. If you’re searching for a career, for instance, think of those things in work and with future jobs that make you happy. Which ones are pretty realistic based on your skills, personality, geographic location, past experience, etc. As you look through your list, find those things that focus on your career and future money-making ventures, develop a plan as to how you need to accomplish that.

As you continue your career exploration and finding the right job for you, check back to this list to ensure that you are satisfying those things that make you happy. It’s a work in process and you should check back every once in a while to evaluate how your hope list is going. :)

Your Success is My Success,

Keith Lipke

I’m a careers and college recruiter, coach, public speaker and leader at The Career Closet. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college

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4 Comments

  1. Abhinandan Chatterjee / Dec 18 2011 11:28 pm

    An interesting post, I love lists and work a lot on goal setting but using simple lists as a visioning tool is a great idea. Cheers.

    • The Career Closet / Dec 19 2011 12:20 pm

      Yes! Keeping it simple is a great stepping stone to those big goals that you set for yourself later. A stepping stone of experience and motivation. :) Good luck my friend!!!

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