How to Achieve the Required Personal, Energy and Professional Vision (PEP) in Life and Work
By Beverly Crowell Executive Vice President, Career Systems International | March 13, 2016
Co-authored by Dr. Beverly Kaye, Founder and Chairwoman of Career Systems International.
Just how energetic are you today? Enthusiastic about life and work? Feeling happy, satisfied and full of promise? Or, is the opposite true? A little lethargic, sluggish or lifeless? Careers and life are never static. They languish when we lose focus, lack plans, become bored and forget to live in the present. It happens when we lose Personal, Energy and Professional vision (PEP)- not just the feeling. And, when we lose PEP, our guests lose too. Guest satisfaction is directly tied to just how engaged we are in the hospitality industry. If we want to engage our guests, we have to engage the "hearts and minds" of everyone they encounter during a stay.
So, what do engaged and satisfied people have in common? They have PEP – a clear sense or vision of what one wants to accomplish in their life and work. It doesn't necessarily mean money, power, title, or prestige. It means being able to live the kind of life one wants to lead. To know that life, one must take time to envision the future and translate that into present action. Many great athletes, performers and even CEO's use this visioning process as a powerful tool in helping them realize their goals.
Do You Have PEP?
It is essential that we integrate our professional goals with our life goals – which begin with a Personal, Energy and Professional vision. Finding a balance that works is the key. As a backdrop to goal setting, it's important to focus on the balance between work and the rest of your life. Visioning is very important in goal setting. One of the critical competencies of a career strategist is the ability to envision the future and to translate that into present action.
A life and a career are about making plans to build your own future. It's about understanding that nothing ever stays the same for long and having clear goals, vision and a sense of direction will help you navigate the changing realities of work and life. Work changes, families change and we change. Your job is to be prepared, to anticipate your response to change and use change to your advantage. After all, it you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.