Sunday, June 17, 2012

Check under the hood -- for what is working ...

“Finding the right work is like discovering your own soul in the world”. - Thomas Moore

A few weeks ago I wrote about attitude and the power of a positive attitude. I heard from some who told me "... yea, good advice. How do you be positive in today's world, our economy, etc. ... "

Not everything has to be broken and not be in order. There are thinks in your life and career that are clicking on all cylinders, going along fine, keeping you motivated and certainly need to be fed and tendered, but not fixed.

Recognizing these is very important as this provides to you the motivation to continually move forward in your plan and journey as you can look at what you have created – what is not broken – and smile. And that makes you feel good.

Some may call these blessings like I do. Some may call them by some other name. What you call them makes not a difference – the fact that you recognize them is most critical.

Should you write down your blessings – the things that make you smile?
What do you think I am going to suggest – yup. And then when you need a pick-me-up – look at the list, reflect on it, enjoy what you read, and use this positive spirit to pick yourself up, push forward and persevere.

It works. My list:

 The pictures of my grandchildren on my laptop …
The picture of my wife in my office …
The beautiful home we have …
The several thousand LinkedIn network contacts I have …
Our family …
Our role in the community …
My “local brand” in the Upstate NY market. …
The people I meet in the course of doing business - many who become lifelong friends ...
... and on and on ...

These are the things in my life not broken that I look at and smile. What are yours? What makes you smile?
Appreciate the good things in life. Don't dwell on the bad

“Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice." -Stephen Covey

It is so easy to dwell on the bad. The news makes it difficult to see what is good about today. People tend to be down. They are in the trap of looking at their situation as being half-empty, not half-full.

Don’t dwell on what is bad – dwell on what is good. Look for the good in others and your situation, and not the bad. It works. Try it. Do it today.

And thank you for reading this.  - Dan

Dan Moran
President & Founder
Career Management & Transition Specialists
Celebrating 24 years providing career management services in 2012!
125 Wolf Road, Suite #128
Albany, NY 12205
Office: 518-261-4212
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