Bringing perspective to a drawing or painting is all about the vanishing point, with lines that would be parallel in real life drawn to intersect at the same point on the horizon.
Taking a similar approach to concerns you may have about your career won’t necessarily make them disappear, but it will help you see these issues in a new way.
Here are 4 tips to help you do just that:
- Look up, preferably at night. Depending on your geographic location, you could also look at the mountains or listen to the ocean. The important thing is to remind yourself of the vastness of nature. Your problems can’t help but seem smaller as a result.
- Remember there’s solidarity in numbers. Unemployment numbers are higher than they’ve been for some time, and the shaky economy is forcing even more to adjust their career plans. Awareness of others’ misfortunes won’t alter your circumstance, but it should remind you that you’re not alone.
- Remember your near and dear ones. Hopefully you already see yourself as more than the sum total of the bullet points on your resume. Let go of your concerns for a while and connect with your friends and family.
- Articulate your values. Putting anything in perspective is all about defining the context. When it comes to creating the context for your career, nothing less than a clear understanding of what’s most important to you will do. Try making a list of what really matters to you. When you see how many things other than work make that list, your concerns will start vanishing in the distance.
What techniques have worked for you?
by Danielle Dresden