How Gratitude Helps in your Job Search

In this season of Thanksgiving, I am grateful that each one of you is in my LinkedIn Group and a part of the “careers” community. I am also grateful for having had the opportunity to work with so many of you, in various capacities, you are some of the best people around!

As I reflect on this holiday, I really like that it’s all about giving thanks. And, I think having an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the most powerful emotions out there. Why is it so powerful? Because it has the capacity to change your life!

thanksgivingMonths ago, I started writing out 10 things I am grateful for every day. Each morning, before getting out of bed, I review the blessings that I have. I love doing this because it forces me begin each day by seeing all the blessings that I have in my life, and it starts my day in a positive frame of mind.

What’s so amazing about gratitude is it’s so simple, yet it has so much power. In fact, it’s so powerful, it can start turning things around for you. Now, granted, being grateful all by itself will probably not turn your life entirely around, but, it CAN be the catalyst to a transformation.

Why does this work? Well, if you’re a fan of the Secret and/or Law of Attraction, you’ve heard the phrase “what you focus on expands.” So, if you focus on all the things you’re grateful for, instead of all the things that aren’t working in your life at the moment, the universe will bring you more things to be grateful for and less of the things that aren’t working.

Now, while I do think this is true, I also know many people do not believe this, or, don’t think it’s true for them. Therefore, might I suggest another, more practical reason, for why gratitude works — because it makes you feel better.

So, start thinking about all the wonderful things in your life that you have to be grateful for. And, with that improved mindset, you most likely can see your situation a bit more clearer and start coming up with some solutions (and maybe even take some actions) to get yourself in a positive state of mind.

When you think about all the things you are grateful for, feel grateful as well – really feel that gratitude throughout your body. Focus on it, and feel it radiate everywhere, from your fingers to your toes.

My wish is that you have a Blessed Thanksgiving. Wishing you much success in life and in your career.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at paxton.joyce@gmail.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

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