10 Tips to Staying Positive in a Negative World

The last thing you need while searching for your next job is negativity.  The following are my  recommendations:

Drop any source of news feed during your time searching, as most of it tends to be negative.  If I want to hear about the latest and greatest, I’ll ask one of my family members or friends.  In today’s times we are overloaded with information constantly and it’s usually negative.  Take control of what is force fed to us 24/7.

Ditch/limit interactions with Negative Nancy’s and Debbie Downers,  hang out with others who are optimistic and supportive of your goals.  Jim Rohn said that we are a product of the 5 people we hang around most.  Choose to spend your time with those who will cheer you on during your job search, and encourage you to keep moving forward.

Read or listen to motivational and inspirational material first thing in the morning for 30-60 minutes.  Get your day started right by feeding your mind with “nutritious” information.  Or if you like to watch motivational content, check out the TED website or go to iTunes and download TED talk episodes for free.

Exercise and stretch, preferably in the morning.  Keep a record of your progress.  Peter Drucker says, “What gets measured gets managed.”  Stepping on the scale every morning will quickly tell you if you should hit the crispy cream or not.

Mindfulness meditation.  Check out Tara Brach’s podcast and learn to quiet your mind for 10 minutes a day for starters.  Don’t knock it until you try it.  You’ll be amazed at how many thoughts run through your mind in that short amount of time.

Define your goal(s) and build a game plan to achieve them.  Failure to plan is planning to fail.  Put your goals down on paper and look at it.  Subconsciuosly this sets the ball rolling to achieving your goals.

Remember to start with happiness then set forth to achieving success, not the other way around.  So many folks have the wrong mindset of, if I become successful I’ll be happy.  But find themselves disappointed when it doesn’t come true.  Happiness is a choice that you can select right now.

Write down your biggest fears on paper and the worst that could possibly happen if they were to come true.

Experiment with different types of diets/meals/fasting and record how you feel and when you feel at your peak level of performance.  Slow carb or low carb is a good starter.

Get plenty of sleep. Keep a record of how much sleep you get a night.  You might be surprised at how little you are actually sleeping.

Pay it forward everyday.

Try 21 days of not complaining.  You will surprise yourself by how much you complain in one hour, let alone one day or one week.

Write down or recall 3 things your are grateful for everyday.  It is damn near impossible to be angry or sad when you count your blessings.

Let me know if you have other “hacks” to staying positive in the comments.  Word.

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