Ever heard the saying, “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” Do you ever wish that you could throw out the shoes you wear every day, and put on a new pair?
Shoes have become a standing metaphor in our society for our jobs, our socioeconomic status, and even our core values. So if you’re thinking about starting your own business or making a career change in 2010, you may also be thinking about a new pair of shoes—literally.
Maybe you’re a black pump kind of girl who dreams of wearing fuzzy boots all day, and working in a casual environment where people are open and fun. Maybe you’ve been a sneaker guy, but you want to step into a pair of shiny wing tips, and take your ideas into the realm of big business. Taking a few moments to visualize your “new shoes” can go a long way toward helping you define not only your career goals but your values. For example: sneakers might define agility, movement, and spontaneity. Fuzzy slippers might symbolize working from home. A pair of Jimmy Choos might symbolize prestige, financial security, and high visibility. Whatever shoe pops into your head while you’re reading this, take a moment to think about what it symbolizes to you.
The second way you can use the shoe metaphor is to think of your goals themselves as shoes. Do you want your new business to be built like a work boot or a stiletto? Not that there’s anything wrong with stilettos (I like them, myself), but if you’re trying to hold up a big dream or a big investment on a little wobbly platform, it might be time to step back and rethink. Do you want to go trendy, with a lot of glitz and glitter, or do you prefer plain, uncomplicated solidity?
When you’re further along in your planning, you can even use the shoe metaphor to help you decide what type of clients you want to attract. What kinds of shoes do your ideal customers wear? Knowing your potential customers’ “styles” can help you create targeted marketing strategies.
Your Balance Blast today: Try on a new pair of shoes this week. For real; I’m not speaking metaphorically this time! Pick a style you’d never normally wear. Do they make you feel off-balance, or confident? What do you like about them, and what do you dislike? What do those feelings tell you about who you are, and where your values lie? How can your observations help you take the next step toward your career goals?
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