Written by Tricia Molloy Tuesday, November 08 2011
Searching for a new job can be one of the most challenging and emotional experiences of your life. When you capitalize on the power of your subconscious mind and use universal principles – like affirmations and gratitude – you will have the clarity, confidence, and commitment you need to succeed. By following these five strategies, you’ll have a competitive edge to not only find another job, but the one that’s right for you.
1. Clean out the Clutter
New opportunities and helpful people can’t reach you if physical, technical, and emotional clutter is blocking the way. The law is: The universe abhors a vacuum. When you clear out the clutter (paperwork and old emails, as well as forgiving your last employer for letting you go), you create the space for the universe to fill it with what serves your highest good.
2. Raise your Vibrations
Looking for a job can be frustrating and often creates fear and doubt. That leads to vibrating at a low, negative level. We are all vibrational beings, and we vibrate at different levels at different times. Vibrations is just another word for feelings and emotions – your attitude. The universal law states that energy attracts like energy – just like a magnet. When we feel good and operate from a place of love, peace, and trust, we vibrate at a high level and we attract people and circumstances that vibrate at that same positive, constructive level. Increase and maintain a high vibration by taking good care of yourself. Eat healthy, exercise, spend time with positive people, enjoy nature, find reasons to laugh, sing, enjoy a hobby, and practice random and not-so-random acts of kindness.
3. Affirm Success
On average, studies show we talk to ourselves 10,000 times a day, and 80 percent of that talk is negative. Be aware of what you’re saying to yourself when you wake each morning, before making phone calls, at networking events, and as you prepare for interviews. Keep it positive, in the present, and brief. Consider using affirmations like these: “I attract ideal job opportunities today.” “I am guided to make smart job search choices.” “I have all the skills and abilities to be a valuable asset to this company.” “I am the greatest (fill in your profession)!” Write your affirmations down, post them, say them with a smile, and share them with others.
Every top athlete has harnessed the power of visualization. The runner sees herself breaking through the tape at the end of the race, and the golfer sees the hole in one. What can you visualize about your job search? Perhaps it’s making the best impression during a job interview. Or, you might visualize yourself working at your ideal job. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it takes more than just seeing to get the results. Visualization is a three-step, repetitive process that connects you with your subconscious mind. To give it the power you need to succeed, engage all your senses. What do you hear, smell, touch, and taste? And, infuse it with the positive emotions you would feel if this were a reality – like happiness, pride, and maybe even relief. Commit to seeing your goals as “real,” and they soon will be. Consider creating a treasure map or vision board to accelerate the visualization process.
5. Express Thanks
What you focus on expands. What you appreciate appreciates. Though your main focus may be that you don’t have a job, there are many other very positive things you do have. A few nights a week, write in a gratitude journal. Include the typical list of your good health, family, friends, skills, and experience. Commit to include at least one original entry each time, like you scheduled two promising interviews. By being aware of what’s going right in your job search, you increase the flow of more good things. Writing in your journal at night will also help you get a good night’s sleep and be at your best the next day. Remember to take the time to thank those who are helping you on this journey.
Whether you’re looking for a job or choose to excel at the job you have, these five strategies will support your success.
More advice on how to remain competitive in the job market today:
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Jackie Danicki, Dédé Wilson and Diane Potter are three unique women with one commonality: They all chose an unconventional path to success. From dropping out of college to being fired from jobs, these women still found a way to thrive professionally.
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Tricia Molloy is an Atlanta-based motivational speaker on change management through wise business practices. Through employee development talks, workshops and webinars, and conference keynotes, she inspires people to be more positive and focused so they can achieve their goals faster and easier. Sign up for the Working with Wisdom enewsletter for more information and inspiration at her www.triciamolloy.com.