We’ve all looked at the sun for a little too long and been left with a blurry image for a while after we have looked away.
I’m not sure about the science, but it is somehow so bright that our eyes can’t focus on anything else. The sun is our closest star.
For me, it is the same looking up at the night sky.
I have always had a fascination with the stars – distant giants twinkling to us from far, far away. On dark and clear summer nights I like nothing better than to sit outside with a beer and look up to the sky.
It may sound silly, but, for me, every star represents something good that I have done in this world. I sometimes try to sit outside and count the stars – thinking back for each one to a time when I have “made a difference.” It isn’t always easy, but every time I have a win, I put it on my mental list for next time.
I like to go to bed with the stars on my mind.
Life feels worth living.
I am lucky that I don’t have to work for an employer (although I do have a large amount of writing clients), but if I did have to have another interview for a job, I know that I would want to leave the interviewer with the imprint of my stars in their eyes.
You need them to go away in awe of what they have just seen and heard. Although they might be impressed with other candidates, your stars will shine brighter and longer, and when it comes to decision time, there will be only one candidate at the front of their mind.
But first, you have to picture your stars in your mind’s eye.
If you do not know what good you have done in this life, it is impossible to share with a total stranger. So, rather than sit down and write a big long list, wait for the next starry night, put on some warm clothes, drive out to the countryside and look up.
For every star that you see, think back to a moment in your career that you want to leave with your future interviewers. Focus on the star as you replay the scene in your mind. Then, with a pause for gratitude, move onto the next star, and the next one, and the next one.
It might seem very random, but for me, there is no more powerful image than looking up at the stars and understanding that every one of them might represent a good moment in my past. If you have physically stood there and done this exercise you know that this can be the case.
If you do remind yourself about it regularly enough, you not only feel that little bit better about your life, you also have a ready-made story to tell a future employer.
They want to see your stars in their eyes because they know that you will help to create future stars with them. In an interview situation, your future stars have not yet been born, but you have to convince the interviewer that your past can be their future.
Lots of people talk about the importance of storytelling in a job search.
I would also suggest some stargazing.