“Desperation clouds the mind and causes it to do things that may not be in your best interest.” @NCWiseman
Loosing your job can be painful and cause you to become fearful and emotional. Fear and negative emotions are two catalysts that cause us to consider doing things that we shouldn’t do, i.e., become desperate.
Desperation during career transition can cause you to make mistakes, including taking the wrong job. Taking the wrong job can cause all kinds of problems; lower income, bad environment, stress, anguish, loosing the job again and even depression as you discover you’ve made a mistake.
There are many activities you need to do in order to not become desperate. I can’t coach you on how to do it all in a short article, however, I can share 3 beneficial tips that can help avoid desperation.
Tip #1 – Don’t go it alone.
There are lots of resources available to help you with many aspects of career transition. Don’t misunderstand, there is no one waiting to give you a new job. However, there are lots of resources available to help you with various steps, tasks and access to information and ideas. Take advantage of all of the resources you can access and use.
Beyond career transition resources, you will also need to keep family and friends close. The people in your life who care for you and you care for will be important during this challenging time. Don’t hide the reality of your career transition from these folks. Share your concerns and fears with the people in your life who are willing to lend an ear and an idea when you need it.
Desperation happens to people who lean towards isolation.
Tip #2 – Maintain a positive attitude.
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” ~ John Wooden
The Power of Positive Thinking is not just a life changing book. It’s a mindset that can significantly alter the outcomes of your career transition. Positive thoughts fuel positive actions. Positive actions lead you in a positive direction towards success.
Look at the people in your life who are successful in many different ways. How do they act, think, live. The majority of these successful folks are positive attitude and action folks.
One important step you can make towards living a positive attitude life is to look a the people you are hanging out with, during your career transition and beyond.
“You cannot expect to live a positive life if you hang with negative people.”
― Joel Osteen
Believing in yourself and praying are powerful tools towards always having a positive attitude during your career transition. A positive attitude will help you from doing desperate things. Remember, Desperation hurts
Tip #3 – Focus all of your time and energy on the best practices that create value.
Unless you have successfully journeyed through career transitions before, you may not know the right activities that will create value and success. This means you have to ask people who have been through career transition and people who know the best practices of career transition. Learn from the right people and execute on what you learn.
Do not, I repeat, Do Not follow directions from people who are neither “successfully” experienced or appropriately trained to teach you how to do this work.
Learn these best practices and focus all of your time and efforts using them. Career transition is not a part time job. It’s also not a job to be taken haphazardly. Prepare every morning to go do your job.
Treat your career transition as your job, do the work required, focus on the right activities in a positive way and you won’t become desperate.
People do desperate things in life when they get frustrated, fail to plan and execute properly. Mix into this a heaping spoonful of negativity and you’ll do just about anything.
Desperation Hurts – avoid it
Do everything you can to keep from becoming desperate and making a career transition mistake.