There are lots of milestones in finding a job. If you are unemployed, that reality would be your first though everyday. Over a period of time, it can get ¨old¨ meaning you are not as enthusiastic about taking steps to correct the situation and/or becoming discouraged. Maybe unemployment insurance has kicked in and you are comfortable with letting things slide. Perhaps someone else has stepped up to fill the void your salary contribution to household expenses.
What methods can you use to motivate yourself to tackle a tough, difficult task like finding a job that can take months? It helps if it is a concrete, real world number that can go up or down. You would need to be able find out the results easily. This metric (your weight, waist size, or body mass index) would have goals. Over time, it helps you keep your focus and improves your appearance. It even can improve your attitude affecting how you are perceived during interviews. What I am talking about is going on a diet.
If you are around the house all the time just waiting for the phone to ring or an email to arrive, you can be susceptible to stagnation/depression cycles. The idea of a diet is to limit your calory intake but it can do more! A good diet can up your calorie burn if you join a gym or just workout. Take up jogging, swimming, yoga or ¨anything¨ to occupy your time during what would normally be a work day were you employed.
Your mind is a muscle that needs a workout just the way athletes do to get into shape. Reading an interesting book is a good exercise for your mind. But even athletes need tougher challenges to test themselves and achieve a better level of fitness. Tackling new challenges that normally you would not attempt or do is what athletes do to test their resolve. Examples:
- Improving your reading skills:
- looking up words you don´t know.
- It also means reading above your reading level so that you have to look up words to understand the writer.
- When was the last time you read Shakespeare?
- Just watching TV can be an educational learning experience by watching historical shows and/or scientific programs.
- A great, profitable exercise for your mind is learning a new skill that you can add to your resume is an excellent workout.
The ¨skinny¨ on diet is to use your new found knowledge because you read a book on nutrition to know just what can make you into a lean, mean eating machine that has the motivation to achieve a goal no matter how many time you have put it off in the past. A dieting behavior is: don’t eat until the hunger has converted some stored fat into calories your physical routine will burn off. One of the best exercises is to push away from the table and stay out of the kitchen when your resolve says, ¨No more…¨. If you are eating out, take half your food home if you are not sharing a meal with someone all ready.