When we are children we naturally stay happy and find the positive and joy in everything in our lives. As we grow up, we learn fear and doubt. This can damage several aspects of our lives as we grow and become adults and we allow that fear to affect the choices we make and how we make decisions, especially in our adult lives and the big choices we have to make regarding our careers and family.
Often times we get so caught up in the stress of being an adult and the responsibilities that go along with it, we forget that often times choosing what makes us happy and what guides us to the best choices in our lives, is usually what we tend to shy away from. We find much later in life, that the secret to a happy life is making better choices. We hear from our wise elders what they woukd have done different if they had only known, but now we know what we can do different. So why do we continue to repeat their mistakes? Do you want to be the one telling your grandchildren in 20 years that you “would have been happier if..”? No?
Now you ask, how do we change this? How do we make our lives better and happier? It all starts with our attitude, believe it or not. There have been several studies that have shown that our attitude in life has a direct relation to our success and happiness. There have been books and movements solely based on the ideal that if you purely believe something is going to happen, it will happen. This is something you can apply to your job search. It is said that people can read you through the phone, they can hear your smile and know if you are a fit to their organization within a short phone call. The same can be said about your resume or profiles online. Through your words and postings, prospective employers get an immediate window into who you are and what you stand for. This is directly related to your positivity, and your outlooks on life.
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Have positive outlooks, take the lessons our previous generations have taught us. Pursue happiness in your professional pursuits as well as personal. Once you have the career you desire, find the employer to match it. If you enjoy what you do and where you do it you aren’t really working, you are pursuing a passion.