Trying to move your career forward? AirBnB founder Joe Gebbia argues it's helpful to focus on your next "success moment", draw it out and storyboard the progress from where you are to that moment.
In a talk at 99U, Gebbia shared an exercise where he asked participants to take a piece of paper and write one line on what they want to achieve. Then, he asks them to imagine the moment it all comes together, and draw that 'success moment'.
The definition of success can be anything from sitting with a huge balance in your bank account to relaxing on a beach — the point is to imagine what success looks like for you. You need to get into the small details of the moment, like the temperature or who's with you. It's not about drawing skills; even stick figures will do.
Finally, when you have your 'one line' and 'success moment' together, look at them and ask yourself what is the one step you can take next to make it happen. Do that.
Gebbia's talk above, about turning your vision into reality, is worth watching in its entirety but if you want to see just the exercise, skip to the 8-minute mark.