“The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And, so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.” – Pastor Chuck Swindoll
The speaker Monday night was Marvin Montgomery, aka The Sales Doctor. He is also a Hudson Job Search Advisor and spoke about the seven critical things job seekers must do to keep their attitude positive.
Marvin started his talk by saying your attitude always shows through facial expressions, body language, and voice tone. He also said it is impossible to find a job unless you have a positive attitude.
In reference to Pastor Swindoll’s quote, Marvin said the average person makes 35,000 choices a day, and it’s essential to make affirmative ones.
7 Power of Attitude Keys
Attitude is a choice.
You can be positive and stay healthy or be negative and be unhealthy. He said it’s important to surround yourself with positive people. Here are three things to do to start your day off right:
- Get up the same time every day that you did when you were working.
- Read inspirational or motivational books.
- Listen to motivational podcasts or audiobooks.
He suggested you do one or more of the following things to manage stress:
- Start a gratitude journal
- Chit-chat with your kids
- Get back to your hobbies or try new ones
- Play music
- Binge-watch your favorite shows
- Watch a comedy movie
Focus on the positive.
Your outlook impacts your outcome. Are you visualizing a great result with your job search? Are you having fun in the process? If not, change your view and be positive.
Pull the weeds.
Don’t worry! Marvin said regarding things you encounter in your life (i.e., losing your job, not getting a new job, not getting interviews, COVID-19, the economy), you need to ask yourself two questions:
“Is this something you can do something about?”
If the answer is YES, do something and do it now!
If the answer is NO, listen to yourself or the person speaking to you and let it go. If it is still something you are concerned about, start praying and meditating.
He reinforced that worrying doesn’t solve anything, and it stops your ability to reason clearly. He said, “start thinking and stop worrying!”
Keep it first-time fresh.
Marvin reinforced you are always on stage when going through a job search. Be prepared when meeting new people, even if it is on a phone or Zoom call. Get all dressed up even if no one sees you; it will keep you in a positive state.
Bend don’t break.
When you are going into final interview negotiations or weighing whether to accept an offer, you probably won’t be able to get everything on your wish list. Still, it’s crucial to take advantage of all options available to you. If salary isn’t what you want it to be, perhaps you can negotiate more vacation days, remote working a few days per week or some other benefit that’s important to you.
Expect the best.
When you do, good things will come your way!
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