As the holidays approach the focus is on what we are grateful for and spreading joy. But job seekers, or those in any type of career transition, may find that the pressures that come with a job search can make it hard to feel grateful. But gratitude is a powerful way to attack negativity. And negativity, without a doubt, can impede job search success. So how do you conjure up and keep that attitude of gratitude?
For over 20 years, I have witnessed clients increase their job search momentum by focusing on gratitude. It enables them to be less fearful and stop acting out of a place of scarcity. Happiness, as it happens, stems from gratitude, and not the other way around. While in a career transition you may feel like there are not many things in your control. But you will find that by sprinkling in thoughts of gratitude during the holiday season, you are controlling your attitude. And controlling your attitude with a grateful mindset is a lifelong power sure to last beyond the holiday season!
I encourage you to personalize this list of gratitude. You can add just one or two more items to the list. Are you thankful for your tenacity? Your willingness to learn something new? The knowledge you gained from a new contact? Personalizing the list will make it personal and real. When you think of things you are truly grateful for in a job search or transition you can create a gratitude attitude that provides clarity, calm and confidence that you will make the best move for you!
So go ahead and give it a chance by filling in the blank: I’m thankful for _________.
During your job search take some advice from the great author Charles Dickens, who said, “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Sometimes, a totally different perspective can be found in even a few simple words of wisdom.