A new jewelry store has opened near my office. Every day the store owner puts a sign in the window saying what she is thankful for that day. We need to do something similar with our careers, and there is no better time to do this than Thanksgiving. Take 10 or 15 minutes and write down everything you are grateful for as a professional. Even if you are unemployed, think about your strengths and be thankful for them. Psychologists have found that expressing gratitude helps us stay balanced and keep a positive outlook. My wish for you this Thanksgiving is that you find many reasons to be grateful, especially when it comes to work and your career.
A store across from my office is closing. The building's owner wants to rent the space to a tenant who will pay a higher rent. Rather than simply post a sign announcing a closing sale, the store owners put up a sign that thanked the neighborhood for its support.
We need to keep this kind of positive thinking in mind as a tool for the job search. It’s easy to be discouraged while looking for work. Find different ways to be grateful. Think about the people who are trying to help you. Think about what has gone well in your job search. What if nothing has gone well? Be thankful that you still have the ability to keep looking for work.
Gratitude empowers us to move forward. It picks us up when we’re down. Find some way to let this force be an asset in your job search and your life.
I ran across a blog post that has a message for all of us – those with jobs and those who are looking. Grey Matter Life challenges its readers to take the next 30 days and collect reasons to be thankful. This makes perfect sense with Thanksgiving coming in a few weeks. On a deeper level, we need to give thanks as an antidote to the constant drumbeat of bad news we get every day. Sometimes it is bad news that directly affects us. More often, it is just the news media feeding on something negative, another scary statistic. In either case, check out this good blog and think about why you should be thankful. It’s a great cure for the blues.