As a freelancer, it is normal to have a wide range of interests, hobbies, and passions but when it comes to picking a career path, you may find yourself overwhelmed. You may end up feeling scattered, and not sure about how to choose between multiple projects. This feeling can prevent you from taking action, due to a lack of clarity, a feeling of guilt or a fear of stepping out of your comfort zone.
During our Comet Free Talk dedicated to defining your strategic vision, we had the pleasure of welcoming Charles-Louis Allizard alias ok_charlo, an expert specializing in coaching tech and data freelancers. Discover his tools to clearly define your vision and the actions that you can implement to best achieve your objectives.
The difference between a vision, a mission, and a manifesto
Let's start with some definitions.
A vision is a projection into the future. It is a set of objectives towards which you can strive in the near future.
A mission focuses on the present: how are you going to move forward towards your vision today and what actions are you going to put in place?
While a manifesto is a format that will focus on shared reality for the future, that is to say that doesn't only take into account your objectives, but also those of other people around you, professional or personal.
Defining your multi-dimensional vision has many professional but also personal benefits. It will allow you to find a balance, to prioritize what really drives you and to avoid procrastination, communication errors, mental fatigue, or the feeling of waste often linked to this notion of tension or scattering. At the professional level, having a multidimensional vision makes it possible to align expectations and objectives in terms of recruitment, corporate culture, financing, product, marketing and the various stakeholders.
Some useful tools to better define your vision
In order to help you better define your vision, here are some exercises to practice
Visualization allows you to take stock of your aspirations and list your objectives to facilitate their achievement. Neuroscience has shown that our brain does not distinguish between fantasy and reality. Using visualization makes it possible to imprint positive emotions in our unconscious which will facilitate action.
2/ Values and Average Perfect Day
Identify the values that are most important to you: work, family, passion, health… Write them down on paper. Then, describe your perfect day: write down all the stages of a day you would like to experience every day: what are you going to do? Who are you going to meet? What activities will you do? Once you have completed this exercise, compare your list of values to the description of your typical perfect day. Are they aligned and do they find their way into your daily life?
Working in the form of a mind map allows you to cover your objectives over a three-year horizon in a multidimensional way. To carry out this exercise, rely on the following twelve A.W.E.S.O.M.E objectives:
Ambitious: think big!
Why: explain why this objective drives you
Executable: your goal must be achievable
Specific: your goal must be specific to you
Objective: your objective must be independent
Measurable: it is important to measure the achievement of your objective
Expiration date: Don't forget to set a date for your goal to give yourself a deadline!
Next, set your A.W.E.S.O.M.E goals for each of the twelve pillars below. Remember, you are aiming for objectives to be achieved within three years!
- Health and fitness
- Character traits to work on
- Love relationship
- Brand image
- Quality of life
Once your document is completed, do not hesitate to share your vision for 2025! By sharing with friends and family you can get feedback, encouragement, while becoming more accountable for your goals and vision.At Comet, we want to lead the way to a fulfilling, flexible and innovative world of work. Our Comet Free Talk webinar series with Charles Louis Allizard is part of this approach to well-being at work for more sustainable and ethical freelancing.