In an effort to help job seekers break away from typical planning patterns and habits, today’s post offers a fun idea from my friend Cindy Petersiel, a business coach who blogs at Design Your Success. Cindy describes a “Come As You Will Be” party that her client attended:
Have you heard of these?Ã‚Â You come as if your life is 5 years down the road.Ã‚Â This gives the party goer an opportunity to really think about what she will be in 5 years.Ã‚Â Invitees were asked to dress as like they want to dress in 5 years.Ã‚Â Bring photos of the places they’ve traveled and their homes.Ã‚Â Conversation is expected to be as if you are 5 years in the future.
She goes on:
My client was nervously excited about the party.Ã‚Â As she got more and more into the process of pretending, she began to get more and more clear on what she wanted for her business and her life in the year 2014.Ã‚Â As the party approached, she had a real look at what success meant to her.Ã‚Â She had designed her own success (I love it!) and had a 5 Year Plan and Vision in place.
The benefits didn’t end there.Ã‚Â As she got into the idea and the play of the party, she began to reallyÃ‚Â create a vision ofÃ‚Â what it would be like 5 years from now with her success.Ã‚Â She got to feel what it is like to be there. This toldÃ‚Â the subconscious portion of her mind that it IS.Ã‚Â And now, with with the subconscious portion of her mind thinking it is, it sees all sorts ofÃ‚Â possibilities and opportunitiesÃ‚Â that she was blind to before. Actions taken on those possibilities become leaps forward toward the achievement of that – year plan.
Cindy suggests the following:
Use the power of pretend to create your own 5-year plan.Ã‚Â Host your own Come As You Will Be party.Ã‚Â Make it big or make it small, but make it fun and really get into it.
Here are some tips to give your invitees:
- Ask yourself, “how do I want to be dressing in 5 years?”
- Make a photo album of the places you’ve “been” and your home(s).Ã‚Â Be ready to talk about them and your experiences.
- In your business, who are your customers?
- What is your role in your business?Ã‚Â How is it different from today?
- How do you spend your days?
- What are your hobbies?
As you prepare for the party, jot down the ideas of opportunities and actions that will inevitably jump into your head.Ã‚Â It doesn’t matter if you won’t do them yet.Ã‚Â Keep them for yourself.
So, if you are stuck in a rut and can’t do anything but complain that your search isn’t going the way you’d hoped – take a break from the typical and jump into the spirit of fun and imagination. Make a vision board. Envision your future. Host a future party.
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