How many times do you find something else to do other than job search? Do you tweak your resume one more time or check your email or Facebook account? This type of p-r-o-c-r-a-s-t-i-n-a-t-i-o-n hits everyone at one time or another. You just don’t feel like doing what you know you should be doing no matter how much it can help you.
Many times I don’t feel like doing things either. Like now…right now. I don’t really feel like writing this post. I just had a small surgical procedure done yesterday and I have sit still to stop any swelling. My computer is in my lap and I am feeling some pain. I don’t feel like writing…I don’t feel like doing much of anything. But I know my obligation is to you all and myself to keep writing posts so you can find a job…a great job. We don’t always feel like doing but it is important to make sure we keep doing what we know we are supposed to do.
I have learned three thing when the “not feeling like it” seeps in. If you don’t feel like job searching right now, see if any of these can help you get the pep back in your step:
1. Feelings come and go like the wind. Because feelings are on the emotional level, they can feel really strong for a period of time. The key is they are only there for a period of time. When my mom died a few years ago, the feelings of loss and sadness stayed for many weeks. Now it has been a few years and those feelings are still there but not quite so strongly. Even strong feelings from a loss can come and go.
Because feelings come and go that means you can sort of manipulate them. I don’t mean for your own sneaky needs but you can and should push through those type of feelings by doing. Going ahead and doing something else can help you get your mind off the feeling and many times they quickly subside. Those strong feelings go away pretty quickly when you get engrossed in what you are doing. So do the actions first and the feelings will follow.
2. Feelings should always be a clue to you that something is going on. When you are choosing to do that which you don’t want to do, then many times there is an underlying issue you have not dealt with. Dealing with an “issue” when you spot it can be the most important thing you can do. Issues have a way of cropping up in your life when you least want them AND they continue to pop their ugly heads up again and again until you deal with them.
For example, I hated public speaking about 14 years ago. I hated, hated and hated it so bad I would hide when I had to do it. I hated it in high school. I hated it in college. I hated it in my first job outside of college. It was weird because it would pop up again and again in my life. I knew I had to get a handle on myself or I would never deal with it and it would rule my life. Eventually I stated doing small presentations to get myself comfortable with it. Now, after all these year, I can honestly say I love public speaking. It is a far cry from the guy who for years could not do it. If I didn’t deal with that fear it would never have let me live in peace.
3. You feelings should be respected. If you have a funny or bad feeling about a person or situation, you should trust that feeling. Some people call it “instinct”. I think of it more like a gut feeling that is created by your experience. Respect that feeling and make sure you understand what you might be getting yourself into.
Now if you are just scared to do a certain job search technique, I don’t think you should respect it. But if you are in a situation you know something is not right then you need to make the tough decision to get out.
Feelings can be both good and others can be destructive. Learning to recognize them more clearly will really help you in your life on many different levels. During a job search you will have a number of different feeling come and go from loss to frustration to even depression. Recognizing what is going on in your head will help you uncover who you are and where you fit into this world.
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