Staying Motivated Will Pay Off
Whether you’re unemployed, underemployed, changing careers, recent graduate, or just getting back into the job market; searching for a new job/career can be a life-changing experience. What we do for a living to support ourselves and our families is a massive part of our well-being, and this adds stress and fear of the unknown with landing a new job. This section of CareerThinker.com “Keep Motivated” is here to help you stay on the right track by providing advice and tips on staying motivated and confident during this change in your life. Take some time to read through this section, and we are sure that you will find something that will help keep you motivated and positive. Remember this phase in your life is temporary and represents a part of your journey.
Job Search While You’re Unemployed
You’re the CEO of your own life
If you’re unemployed, you still have a full-time job with a significant title; CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of your own life. Some too many people fall into the “why me?” phase of being unemployed; why did this happen to me, life isn’t fair, I can’t believe they did this to me, and so on. Let’s look at the figures as of January 2012 in the USA there are over 12 million people unemployed and over 6 million more who classify themselves as being underemployed. We don’t like being so harsh, but with these figures, the “why me?” phase is nothing but a waste of time, get over it, take on the critical role of CEO of your life and get your company in order.
Having the challenge to find a new job while you’re unemployed and not receiving your regular paycheck can be very stressful and overwhelming. Your mind becomes filled with negative thoughts; worry, fear, self-doubt, and anxiety. You need to fight the negative thoughts; they will only lead to more negative thoughts, which will result in destroying your job search. You need to stay motivated, positive, and optimistic and keep pushing forward while believing in yourself; this will benefit your job search for better and faster results.
Job Search While You’re Still Employed
You’re the CIO of your own life
If you’re employed looking to change your job or if you’re underemployed and need to change your position, you now have two jobs. You have your current employment, and you are now the CIO “Chief Improvement Officer” of your life; this is a huge added responsibility for where you need to find a new job that improves your current conditions or goals. You might not have the same degree of financial pressures of those unemployed, but you have the major challenge of balancing the time needed for a successful job search. You need time to look for the jobs, send out resumes/cover letters and schedule interviews; while maintaining the responsibilities of your current position. If your job search takes too much time from your current job, you can jeopardize your employment; this can be overwhelming and very stressful, and you need to keep a positive attitude and stay motivated.
Fighting Negative Thoughts and Building Positive Thoughts
Doubt, worry, fear, looking at the glass half empty, doom and gloom, focusing on what might go wrong or is wrong; all of these are examples of negative thinking. Negative thinking can have an impact on how you take on the challenge of your job search resulting in a long and stressful one. When you are negative, your subconscious mind will start coming up with excuses not to put the needed time and effort into your job search. A mind full of negative thoughts will come across during an interview, and no one wants to hire someone with negative energy.
If you take a look at successful people, you will see a common thread, they are positive thinkers and have an optimistic outlook. We understand being out of work or looking at a career change is a difficult situation to be in, but you need to believe in yourself and that the outcome will better the quality of your life. Life never gives you more than you can handle. Positive thinking is something that you need to work on every day, that means eliminate negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones, this doesn’t mean you ignore adverse situations; it means to attack them more positively and productively.
“A job should never define you as a person, so lack of one shouldn’t change you,” stay positive, optimistic, and when this has passed, you will see how this experience has strengthened you into a better you.
Tips and Advice to Stay on a Positive Road
Creating a more positive you takes time and daily practice, so try to incorporate as many methods to help.
- Keep a list of motivational quotes that inspire you; read them often, even several times daily. Write them on post-it notes and stick them around areas so you will see them often.
- Learn to leave the past where it belongs in the past, continue to better things; a new job, new experiences, new people, and a new chapter. Dwelling in the past can lead to negative thoughts and lack of optimism. Decide to live in the present with an eye focused on the future.
- Self-talk yourself positive, don’t feel sorry for yourself and don’t indulge yourself in pity parties.
- Get excited about possibilities and how they can become a reality.
- Make a list of things that you are grateful for right now in your life. We often forget to appreciate the good things that surround us.
- Look in the mirror and look your best. Every day look your best, take care of your appearance and how you dress. When you look good, you feel better about yourself, which builds self-confidence.
- Eat right and stay fit, when you look good on the outside it’s easier to feel good on the inside.
- Avoid the energy vampires; you know the people that are full of drama, negativity, and drain your positive energy. Try avoiding these types of people, if they are close friends or family members; wear your garlic.
- Positive and negative energy are both contagious so merely surround yourself with positive people.
- Take note of people who overcame significant hardships and are thriving. Have you ever seen or read a story of someone with a significant disability and how they defeated it against all the odds. Look on the internet for these types of stories they will inspire you.
- Don’t get cynical about a job you interviewed for that you did not land. Think of that interview as a practice to help you get the real dream job. Keep a list of things you identified that you could have done differently for future interviews.
- De-clutter your surroundings and workspace. You need to carve out a space that you will perform your job search and make sure it is neat, organized and surrounded with items that make you feel good; family photos, plants, works of art, your favorite scent or whatever else that inspires you.
- Music can have a very positive effect and dramatically change your mood. Create a playlist that makes you feel good, motivates you, and keeps you moving. Even singing can release stress, so go ahead, sing out loud to your favorite songs.
- Smile, be conscious, and make sure you smile at everyone you come in contact. You will be amazed at how powerful a smile is, and the positive energy people will give back in your direction.
- Turn off the news and don’t read the newspaper headlines. Over 80% of news media is negative, and during a job search, you have no time or need for this information. In the evening, instead of the nightly news watch your favorite sitcom.
- Get the recommended amount of sleep, a well-rested mind thinks clearer, but don’t overdo it and hibernate, being unemployed is not a season; you can’t sleep it off
- If you usually go to the gym, meditate, play sports or do yoga keep doing these things; they can have a positive effect on you. Always consult with a physician on any fitness programs.