self-defeating attitudes

Posted: March 3, 2012
By: Clay Cerny

Are you happy at your job?  If not, the problem might not be your job, but the way you are approaching it mentally.  In a TED presentation, Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Thinking, Inc., explores how the “lens” we use to look at life affects our attitude and our performance.

Achor is a very funny, engaging presenter.  However, his science is serious, especially for those people who are cheating themselves by focusing on negativity.  Achor’s discipline is called “positive psychology,” which shouldn’t be confused with any kind of simple self-help program.  It is a new and growing specialty in psychology that focuses on how our attitude can be readjusted through exercises that emphasize gratitude and helping others.  Achor’s studies have found that a person with a positive outlook is 31% more productive at work.  More importantly, positive people are focusing on what they have, not what they lack. 

I strongly recommend this 12 minute video.  It’s fun and insightful.

Posted: December 20, 2011
By: Clay Cerny

“When our self-defeating attitudes, emotions, and conceptions cease, so will the harmful actions arising from them.”  The Dalai Lama

The job search is always difficult, especially in the current market.  When someone applies for work every week without getting interviews, despair sinks in.  When good interviews don’t lead to an offer, it is easy to quit.  The greatest challenge job seekers face is staying strong in the face of rejection.

How can we deal with this problem?  Accept reality.  You will hear no again and again.  Employers will hint that they really like you, but they never call you back.  Expect rejection and not hearing back.  Your challenge is to keep doing things that will lead to a job: networking, filling out applications, and distributing resumes.  Stay active and hold to a positive attitude.

Henry Ford put it best: 

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

Find a way to “think you can.”