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I Think I Can!

by Anne Middleton, on September 28th, 2015

“I think I can, I think I can….I KNOW I can!”

This legendary phrase has been imparted to generations through the 1930’s children’s book, The Little Engine That Could.

And although this imaginary account of a train with an unrelenting personality is used to teach youngsters the value of optimism and hard work, it provides just as valuable a lesson for adults. This parable is one of the greatest tales of motivation and the power of positive thinking ever told.

And as reminds us, job searching is one of the most challenging undertakings you will ever engage in during your life. That may sound dramatic, but it is accurate. Throughout this frequently unwelcome process, most people face waves of fear and self-doubt. 

To keep your motivation high and your optimism ever present, consider these concepts and to keep your “glass half full:”

• Comfy environment. Creating an area in your home; complete with easy accessibility to all the tools you’ll need (such as the ever present phone and computer) will help you stay focused on the goal.

• Get Specific. Personally, I enjoy lists.  More importantly, I enjoy crossing things off my list.  When you are job searching, setting up a structure will facilitate the process and keep you on point. General job-searching tasks like “networking” and “updating resume” can be overwhelming and add to low motivation levels. Instead, more specific tasks such as “talk to three recruiters today,” or “call Mary and Joe to network” allow you to recognize daily achievements.

• Shout it from the mountain top. Talk to everyone you know and let them know you’re seriously searching for new opportunities. You don’t have to actually solicit them for a spot in their organization, but get the word out! Social media is also a huge beneficial tool for communicating and networking with others.

• No snooze button. Yes, it’s tempting to sleep in, but the “experts” say that the first 30 minutes of your day dictate how the rest of it will go. Set your alarm as if you were going to work and start your day with some pep! It is okay to choose one day a week when you won’t think about your job search so that you can clear your head and recharge your batteries. But only undertake this action to remain motivated.

• Health first. Don’t be a slacker and choose fast-food just because it costs less.  A healthy body increases energy levels and also propels you to exercise and get a good night’s sleep, which are essential during this process. A healthy body will support a witty brain and assist you during your interview.

• Don’t ever give up. Locating a new job can be as taxing as a full-time job. You will need to devote a lot of time and effort to your job search, and keep patiently pursuing it. Even if you feel disheartened, don’t give up…remember the Little Engine that Could was ultimately successful. has what seems to be an endless supply of employment opportunities to explore and delivers well-researched articles to support your efforts.  This global website is an easily accessible location that can provide inspiration, refresh your enthusiasm and stimulate your job-searching efforts.