Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
~ Helen Keller
Life is a mental game that no one prepares you for. The only way to approach it is with a positive outlook. If you are negative, you are killing yourself. You need a positive inner dialogue (how you talk to yourself) to achieve the things you need to achieve. A positive outlook keeps you from depression, boosts your immune system, makes you better at your job, and makes you happier. If you need a little help to get to a more positive mental place, I recommend that you read the book Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seeligman.
As you approach your job search this week, expect good things to happen. Remember the times you felt the best or strongest in your career, and try to feel that feeling again before you call a hiring manager, reach out to your network, or go to an interview. If you need help, look through your brag book (another good use for a collection of your successes). Also, check out How to Stay Motivated for Your Job Search.
I would also encourage you to come to one of our Free Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I get a lot of feedback from job seekers who say these help them feel more positive, more confident, and more energized--both from the tone and from the wealth of tips and advice they get to help them be more successful. (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)
See what's on the schedule this week: Career Confidential Free Training Webinars Page.