Let’s do a guided visualization exercise together: here’s how to see yourself in a new job this year. Whether you’ve been impacted by a recent layoff or just ready to move on to a different role at a different company, this episode will help you get crystal clear on what you want, so you can begin to take action on it.
Listen and participate in a guided visualization exercise: how to see yourself in a new job this year.
Before we get started, here are a few things that you’ll need to do in order to get the most out of this.
- Create a safe space - no distractions or interruptions
First off, you’ll need to create a safe space where you won’t be distracted or interrupted… and also, keep in mind that during this exercise, you’ll have your eyes closed. So yeah, probably not best to do this one while driving.
Silence your phone notifications… The world can wait for the next few minutes.
Then, get comfortable in a seated position or lying down, if that feels better. You get to decide. As with all visualization and breathing exercises we do together this year, you always get to decide what is best for you… take what you need, bless and release the rest.
Okay, now close your eyes or avert your gaze to the ground.
- Take 3 intentional breaths together with me
Let’s take three intentional, life-affirming breaths.
- Deep breath in through the nose, expand the belly, hold at the top, and then slowly release through the mouth.
- (do this three times)
Now, let your breathing come back to a normal pace, whatever feels right for you.
- Do a body scan and feel your feet
It’s time to do a body scan… imagine you are slowly scanning your entire body from the tip top of your head, slowly down like molasses, all the way to your fingertips, and then to your toes.
What sensations do you feel? Knots, twinges of pain, soreness, or even , on the flip side, any feelings of harmony, joy, or flow…. just notice what you feel in your body, without judgment or trying to fix it. Just scan down, ever so slowly until you’ve done your entire body.
Once you’re at your feet, really take notice of what it feels like to have your feet make contact with the ground. To be firmly rooted down, the safety and security of that sensation. What do your feet feel like right now?
- Time to see yourself in a new job this year
Okay now, I want you to imagine you are walking into your brand new office on your very first day at the new job. At the front desk, your people leader is there to greet you with a great big smile and a wonderful welcoming energy. Take notice of what their energy is like. How do they carry themselves? How do they treat the front desk receptionist? Do others say hello to them as they enter or exit the building? This is your new boss, your new mentor, your new guide. What do you notice first?
They help you get signed in, collect your badge, and offer to take you on a tour of your new offices.
As you walk the halls, what is your sense of this location? Warm and inviting? Or fast-paced and a bit cold? Or something in between? As you pass by the cafe area, are people eating lunch together or sitting in silence mindlessly scrolling on their phones, eating alone? When you peek into the conference rooms, are teams brainstorming on the whiteboards or are they all staring at their computers and not paying attention to the person presenting? What do you notice here?
Now it’s time to visit your work area and desk.
Here is where you meet your team as well. How large or small is this team? How diverse are their backgrounds, ages, and experience levels? How do they greet you? Does anyone invite you to lunch? After you spend a good amount of time saying hello and remembering everyone’s names, they point you to your desk. It’s right next to a window where warm sunshine streams in. Tall ceilings and your desk is equipped with all the latest technology to help you do the very best work of your life so far. It’s a clean slate and your people leader has set you up for success. When you take a look around you, surrounded by your new team, in your new office, what stands out the most? What do you notice straight away?
Last but not least, the senior executive in this division of the org comes over to introduce themselves…
And tell you that they’ve heard a lot about you and what you’re bringing to the table. They invite you to a 1-1 walk later today to discuss company goals and objectives. Their handshake is firm and confident and you match that energy with ease. You’re excited to collaborate with them, knowing you have a seat at the table to offer great guidance to them and the board. What do you notice about this senior executive that’s different from what you’ve maybe experienced previously?
It’s the end of the first day and it’s time to take a step back and assess your experience.
- What stood out to you?
- What made you most excited to work here?
- What was the one detail that made you feel like you truly belong in this new organization?
- …And what are you curious to learn about tomorrow on day two?
Savor this moment for a second, really soak it all in with all five senses. And then… let your six sense have a go.
- What does your Intuition tell you that you need in order to land a role at a company like this?
- What’s one thing you could do today to help you get one step closer to making it yours? Who do you need to reach out to? Maybe you need to research Best Places to Work in your city? Maybe it’s time to tidy up your resume or LinkedIn profile? Or it’s time to get back out there and do some targeted networking in your industry - finding the associations where recruiters meet at?
Maybe it’s time to do the thing.
Take this last moment to say thank you with your full spirit and remember that you can revisit this gift any time you wish. It’s yours forever and ever. You are never alone and you are always fully supported.
Take a moment to gather yourself with a deep, belly-filling breath. And when you’re ready, open your eyes.
So, how was that experience for you?
How did it feel when you walked in the doors, met the team, and realized this role is 100% yours and waiting for you right now?
I want you to set a 7-minute timer, grab a pen and paper, and take this time to write down everything you remember from this visualization exercise.
- What wisdom was shared?
- What visual clues did you see?
- What did your higher self look like and how did they carry themselves?
- Which friend were you meeting that day?
- Where were you walking to?
- What part of this exercise is sticking MOST in your mind and in your heart, that you can’t seem to shake?
- …and what’s one thing that you can do today (with courage and simplicity) to take action and head down this new path for your life?
Answer as many of these questions as you like… or just focus on one. Whatever brings you the clarity you desire right now, you get to decide.
One final whisper
We are focusing the next few months on topics that relate to the workplace, from a human resources point of view, really zooming in on what the trends are in People & Culture and what role AI and automation might play in the coming months as the future of work continues to evolve.
If you know a thought leader in human resources, talent acquisition, DEI, employee engagement or any senior role in People & Culture, we’d love to hear from them.
Just shoot me a DM on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/thesimplifiers) and let’s connect. And yes, you can nominate yourself as well! We are looking to feature a diverse range of thought leaders in this space over the coming months.
I hope this visualization sticks with you the entire week through. Do it again and again if you need clarity or fresh ideas on where you’re headed next… Because when you tap into your deep inner knowing, you’re accessing your deep inner wisdom. That electric energy that can be found inside all of us that connects us all together. It knows. You know. We all know if we are brave and we open ourselves to it.
You can do this, I believe in you.
It’s time to SIMPLIFY.
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Show credits: Suzen Marie, our Podcast Editor and Jeffrey Lynn, our Video Editor. Aubri Nowowiejski, Chris Justice, and George Mills, our advisory board. And I’m your host, Mary Baird. Big love to Dennis Coleman, Kristen Kurtis, Mark Foucault, and Catherine Dionne, as well. Thank you so much for listening and telling your peeps about us.
As always friends, keep things simple.