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If You Want to Keep Your Job, Be Happy

April 28, 2009 | 16,445 views

work, employment, happiness, optimism, economy, finance, mental healthBelieve it or not, looking on the bright side of things can be good for your career and your mental health. Research shows that an attitude of gratitude in trying times can not only help you keep your job, but get you the job you want.

The most common responses to economic problems are panic, fear, anger, distrust, and even hostility. But a study of the characteristics of recession survivors and found that those who avoided being cut were cheerful, likable, generous contributors -- and not necessarily the most skilled and proficient.

Corporate leaders are likely now placing more value on workers who add positive energy to the atmosphere beyond increasing sales and visibility. That means that those who are grouchy and unpleasant can end up on the layoff list, along with the person who never says anything and flies under the radar.

But, how do you stay bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when times are tough and you're struggling?

Regardless of your situation, getting motivated and on-track isn’t difficult. It’s staying that way that’s the trick. And when you’re struggling to “make it,” sometimes it’s even harder.

If you want to end the cycle of struggle, master these tips and you’ll be virtually unstoppable:

First, know that this is a temporary state. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been where you are. All that you need to know is that nothing is permanent. The universe is constantly moving, evolving, and changing, and so are you. So instead of seeing this as a never-ending path into darkness, know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Second, remind yourself what you’re fighting for. When you’ve been trying to make something happen for awhile, you can start to lose sight of the end goal. Instead of focusing on the reason you started this journey in the first place, you begin to focus on smaller, more immediate outcomes. Sometimes it’s helpful to create tangible reminders -- a vision board may be useful, or just a statement, penned boldly and tacked to a bulletin board near your workspace.

Third, believe in yourself. One of the best ways to stay strong in your belief in yourself is to keep track of your successes, even the small ones. When you’re feeling down on yourself, go back to the list of successes and review them. Remind yourself that you are capable and you can make this work.

Finally, get help before you’re in crisis. If you aren’t making the leaps ahead that you want to be making, there’s obviously something going on. Before things go too far, before you get lost and become totally unmotivated, get help!

As you begin to master the ability to keep your motivation high, it will become easier to stay on-track. Moments of frustration will be fewer and farther between, and you’ll find that you actually achieve success and reach your targets faster.

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