You’ve probably seen the “2020 vision” marketing tactic countless times across social media recently. I know I have. The fact that we’re now in the year 2020 and that 20/20 vision signifies good eyesight, is indeed clever and tempting to use across a variety of different applications.
However, my interpretation of 2020 vision may differ a little from that of others. I had corrective eye surgery back in 2018. My sight was corrected so that one eye has good distance vision and the other enables me to see well closer up. It sounds crazy, but it actually works well now my eyes (and brain) have adjusted to it. All being well I shouldn’t need glasses again, even ones for reading as I get older, although time will tell.
So back to the topic at hand, my personal interpretation of 2020 vision includes both a long-distance (long-term) and a short distance (shorter-term) aspect.
This is relative of course, but what does ‘long-term’ mean to you? It could be 5 years or 10 years or even longer. This may depend on your age or career stage. It could also depend on your personal time horizon or your perception of the future. I’ve found that this can differ greatly by person.
Looking out to your long-term, where or what are you aiming for? Would you be content to remain where you are today? Are you aiming to move up a level or two? Or are you targeting the C-suite? Will you be doing something completely different from what you do today?
My personal ‘mission’ is that I want to live a long, purposeful, satisfying and financially-free life and to help others to do the same.
In order to achieve this, I see myself ‘working’ in some capacity for the next 20-25 years. But I want to do something I feel really passionate about. That’s why I made my own career move from Accountant to Career Coach.
Looking at where you are now versus where you’re aiming in the long-term, what do you need to do? What gaps might you need to bridge? How do you feel about this?
Again, what constitutes short distance (short-term) could vary considerably by person
Let’s suppose that short distance relates to this year. What do you want to achieve in 2020?
What we can allow to be suitably vague in the long-term aspect, needs to become much ‘SMARTer’ in the shorter-term.
What exactly does your goal look like? Is it measurable? Is it achievable in this timeframe? Is it realistic? Is it time-based?
But, most importantly in my eyes, how does this support your longer-term goal? If it does, great! If it doesn’t this could still be OK. It’s just good to have this at the back of your mind. If you carry on year by year not supporting your longer term goal, it will make it very difficult to achieve!
I have 2 goals for 2020:
- I want to become known as THE career coach for mid-career professionals – this is pretty lofty and intangible, I know – I will measure this in terms of my ability to attract X new clients per week
- I also want to earn as much money from my coaching business as in my previous role as an accountant. This is much more measurable.
Enough about me – I’ve already got my goals sorted. I just wanted to give some examples.
What about you? Where are you aspiring for long-term? Where are you aiming this year? How does the short-term goal support the longer-term one?
The beginning of the year is always a good time to consider where your aiming in any particular year. At the beginning of a new decade it’s even better. Especially when we have 2020 vision on our side ?
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