Job Search: It’s More Than Positive Thinking!

A successful job search requires much more than positive thinking, although that’s not a bad place to start. It’s certainly preferable to the polar opposite–i.e., negative thinking.

If you’re trying to push a huge boulder up the mountain by yourself, you’re probably destined for failure. Thinking positively that “I can do it” doesn’t usually supply the necessary motive-power for a successful outcome–for your planned job search or any other significant activity.

Why Positive Thinking Isn’t Enough for Your Job Search

You can find plenty of inspiring quotes about positive thinking, as well as some that are humorous or disparaging. The following quotes sort of sum up the situation for me:

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” (Willie Nelson)

“Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.” (Shiv Khera)

Those of you who are Willie Nelson fans might tend to agree with his statement. However, it’s my understanding that his life hasn’t exactly been a smooth road! If positive thinking is enough for solid and long-lasting success, maybe he didn’t do enough of it.

The reason I prefer the second quote is that Mr. Khera understands the need for positive thinking + action. Nothing much happens if you adopt a hopeful attitude but don’t do anything constructive to carry through on it.

Positive Thinking and the Law of Attraction

You might be familiar with the philosophy of the law of attraction, which is “the belief that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life. The belief is based on the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from ‘pure energy,’ and that through the process of ‘like energy attracting like energy’ a person can improve their own health, wealth and personal relationships.” (Wikipedia)

Taking a big leap that you hope will enable you to achieve job search and career success is fine. Maintaining a positive attitude about having that as your goal is great. Certainly, letting your doubts and fears overwhelm you won’t do anything useful for you and could well sabotage your efforts by focusing your attention on the wrong thing.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean positive thinking or the law of attraction alone–or even in combination–will do the trick for you. Not without a certain amount of effort on your part!

And that effort requires thoughtful action–not simply leaning back and waiting for serendipity to magically make great things happen for you.

NOTE: If you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend taking time between now and the end of the year to think about what it is that you do want to attract with regard to your job search planning and ultimate career success. Then, by all means, put positive thinking into play and help it work effectively for you by linking positive actions to it.

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