When it comes to creating your career plans, you must start with the belief that you want a career and what that really means to you. What is your career philosophy? How do you define your career ambitions and goals? Are you ready to stand up and fight for the career you want? Are you a ready for a career rebellion? What makes you mad, glad, sad about your career and what are you prepared to do about it? It’s times like these when the world is spinning too fast to get your steady balance, you need to grab your pen and pad and start to draft your career manifesto.
What is a manifesto you might ask? A manifesto is a document where you state your intention, your creed, your doctrine and how you plan to map out and live the career you want. Your career manifesto outlines your beliefs on how you feel about your career, what your thoughts are about how to get the career you want and it is usually formatted by a series of questions and answers which are your own personal manifesto. What are the governing principles behind your career goals? What is it that makes you motivated enough to do what it takes to get the job you really want? How do you view yourself against others and what do you think the world philosophy is about career, work, jobs and of course getting ahead.
Career goals and ambitions are fundamentally not very different than they were when our parents were growing up. We believe that our careers are a means to a lifestyle we want. However, the ways in which we go about achieving these goals are very different from the days our parents went about looking for work. Your career manifesto must define your ambitions, your intent and your philosophy on what it is and what it will take to achieve your goals. It’s not so much a “to do” list of actionable items such as, update my resume, get a list of references, join networking groups, as much as it is a very personal reflection on your intentions and beliefs about what your career means to you and the life you are attempting to build.
To illustrate, your career manifesto should start off with a mission statement of sorts which outlines your guiding values and ambitions such as: ” The achievements of my career will be to accumulate and create a life long body of work that will define my talents, beliefs, contributions to a greater good where I can provide materially for myself and my family.” Your manifesto should follow with statements of how you plan to achieve these goals and outline your fundamental belief system in a way that will help to motivate, focus and manifest your intentions to create the career you really want. Your manifesto is meant to define purpose and meaning to your career pursuits.
Here are a few examples of how you might craft your manifesto and use it as a road-map to help keep you on the path towards achieving your career goals:
1- There are no boundaries or limitations in my ability to earn substantial money doing what I am good at.
2- I am as deserving as anyone who continues to work hard, stay focused and contribute at a higher level.
3- I view competition as a means to excel and not to discourage me in my journey towards success.
4- Competition is good as it promotes everyone to work at a higher level and brings out the best in all.
5- When you embrace your limitations you limit your potential and you set yourself up for failure.
6- Greed is good. Success is empowering and losing is for losers. (Thank you Gordon Gecco!)
7- I can achieve anything I put my mind to and will overcome any challenge or obstacle in my path towards achieving my career goal of_______.
8- When I am working at my highest potential I create wonderful new opportunities for myself and I cannot lose.
9- I rely on my own talents and skills in order to move ahead and do not believe in becoming dependent on others for my success or my career advancement.
10-When I succeed all those around me will succeed. We all win.
Your career manifesto should above all create your intentions, your beliefs about how you view your ability to succeed and truly define what your career means to you. Try creating your own career manifesto and see if you can begin to define what is at the core and your fundamental belief systems so that you can harness the power that is within you.
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