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Not Your Average Attitude Maintenance Plan

July 27, 2013 By admin | Write Comment

image_about02Do you find yourself having cynical responses to the power of a positive attitude and glass half-full quotes?  Pie in the sky – “the longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life”1 – “just believe hard enough” …etc.  I know I have.  Maintaining an effective attitude is one of the hardest things we have to do and something that a lot of us struggle with.

This challenge gets compounded exponentially while we are trying to find a new job.  Currently I am trying to land a full-time job and want to share some tips that have helped me during this difficult process.  No, it doesn’t work 100% of the time and yet it makes a difference more often than not.

What I have to offer is a more reasonable approach to combatting negative attitudes, outlooks, and what-if worst case scenarios.  It is the 5 Rule…

5 Minutes

Take five minutes to have an all out pity party about your situation, job search frustrations, worries about income, and career prospects.  Go all the way in this.  Imagine and feel the worst case scenarios and then push it another level.  Reach a point where the situation is so ridiculous that it becomes comical.  Then make a commitment to yourself or others about spending the rest of the day making step by step decisions that will have a more positive outcome.


Instead of being on one end of the spectrum of always maintaining a super positive attitude and the other end of being paralyzed by fear and despair and negative thinking try this…acknowledge your current outlook on life no matter how dark it may be.  Then see if you can commit to just a 5% increase from where you are at.  Brainstorm what it would take to just achieve that little improvement.  Then do your best to take action.  It may be a building block, a little uptick that you can maintain or you might have to repeat this activity several times a day.

In closing, give yourself permission to identify your current take on things, your struggle to remain optimistic, times you have been successful as well as your setbacks.  Try to make little improvements or adjustments and be okay with your relative success at doing so.

Suggested Reading:

What Color is Your Parachute? By Richard N. Bolles

Jen Anderson

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1 Excerpt from a quote by Charles Swindoll

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