We all generate energy (and that is just about the extent of my understanding of physics). Most of us are a mixture of positive and negative energy, with one a bit more prominent at any given moment. The energy that we are generating and giving off is mostly unconscious, except in occasions when something makes us stop and examine what we are about.
Job search is not a good time to be unaware of the energy that we are generating; of course it is also a time when we are most likely generating a lot of nervous energy – perhaps even moments of panic and desperation. A struggle with negative energy is part and parcel of job seeking so we shouldn’t waste our energy fighting the negative aspects of this state.
Instead, we could find ways to bring out our positive energy, to ramp it up. One way is to think about karma – what you put out into the world will be returned to you. Karma comes from your actions and the intent behind your actions – it is cause and effect based on the way that your actions affect others.
In job search it is all too easy to get hung up on yourself – your worry and misery in attempting to secure a new job. This focus on yourself might lead to small actions that affect others around you negatively, unintentionally. On the other hand, in deliberately working to create positive energy or good karma there are usually many ways in a single day that you could positively affect someone that you encounter. (Some of these ways have been co-opted by a Liberty Mutual commercial, or there are the pay-it-forward folks that buy your coffee at Starbucks.)
We all encounter countless strangers in our day, each of us wrapped up in whatever conundrum is currently uppermost in our thoughts, imagine if we each made a small effort to make these interactions positive moments. I’ve been making a conscious effort to do so for the past year or so, and it really does make a difference in my overall energy.
Beth Anne Reed has a background in Customer Relations, Process & Project Management and a deep interest in Written Communications.
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