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Dreams & Goals Part 1 – “What Are My Professional Dreams?”

By now, each mentor and protégée should have shared an introduction with one another and are ready to commence with communicating on a regular basis. We’d like to help you get started with our Dreams and Goals series for professional development, so you can share with each other your vision for your future.

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Very often you will hear people discuss their dreams and goals and they use the terms “dreams” and “goals” as if they are the same. From time to time, you may be asked, “So what are your goals in life?” or “What is your dream?” and you may also have considered the response for each to be the same.  But, they are not the same.

  • Dreams speak of your desired destination.
  • Goals are the specific steps, directions, and chosen strategies you undertake to achieve your dreams.

As you embark on your journey in the WTC Mentoring program, you will be working to develop yourself professionally. Having a clear picture of your desired destination (your dreams) is the first step in reaching that destination. Writing down your dreams gets you started on a roadmap to your success.

This week, as protégée and mentor, consider the question “What are my professional dreams?”

To get there, discuss the following:

  • Protégées: What is your desired professional destination? How did you determine what your professional dreams are? Have you been in the habit of envisioning your dreams? What motivates you to work towards your professional dreams – how will your life be different when you achieve your dreams? What challenges do you anticipate you will need to overcome to achieve your dreams? How do you think you will feel when you achieve your dream?
  • Mentors: What is your desired professional destination? How did you determine what your professional dreams are? Have you been in the habit of envisioning your dreams? What dreams have you achieved professionally so far? How have your dreams changed over time? What factors have caused your professional dreams to change? How has changing your dreams over time impacted you?

WTC Tip on Dreaming: If you find it challenging to envision your dreams, try the “Perfect Day” technique. On a perfect day at work:  What are you doing? What are you responsible for? Who are you with? Where are you located? What in your work place enables you to be successful?

**** “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman ****

Next WTC Connections: Dreams and Goals Part 2 – “Taking Action to Create Your Future”

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The Women’s TechConnect Team

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