Yesterday the local airwaves were filled with broadcasters predicting a rather significant snowfall for today. The general advice was that the snow would come in amounts anywhere from 10 – 30 cm. depending on where you lived and the influence of winds creating drifts. Driver’s were encouraged to either stay home and work from home if possible, or drive with extreme care, leaving lots of time and space between vehicles.
Well we’ve had that kind of warning twice already this winter in the area where I live, and the first two times, it was relatively uneventful. So last night I went to bed seeing a trace amount of snow on the driveway at home. I got out of bed at 3:00a.m. just to see what was going on, and while yes was snowing, it didn’t appear to be much.
You see I revel in the opportunity to drive in deep snowy conditions. So you can imagine how I looked forward to waking up with a good old-fashioned Canadian snowstorm raging. I take these as a personal challenge in getting to work on time.
This morning turned out to be in fact the kind of morning that required some shoveling. Luckily my neighbour was up snowblowing my driveway at 6:10 a.m., and when I opened both garage doors, he was just doing the last strip! Great timing. I had even backed in both vehicles the night before in case my wife and I needed a running start to break through drifts at the road.
The drive was fantastic in to work. There were fewer vehicles on the road, the plows had been out, and the evergreens are covered with beautiful white fluffy snow. Quite beautiful indeed.
So I started thinking about adversity and the job search. Well of course a job search is challenging, fraught with obstacles and barriers, highs and lows. However, why is it some tackle the job search with a different mentality than others, much like some drivers avoid the poor driving conditions while others drive with enthusiasm? Attitude. Attitude is the determining factor which defines how you view problems and challenges.
Now I need to acknowledge a few things. If you are an insecure or inexperienced driver, it is foolish to head on out into a blizzard and you may well endanger your life. And likewise, attitude alone won’t guarantee you land interviews and get jobs as a result. In fact a positive attitude won’t make a frustrating job search suddenly turn around. However, a positive attitude, and more importantly HOW YOU VIEW a situation, can indeed go a long way to how you decide to deal with a situation. Maybe you look at unemployment and the job search as a “why me?” situation. Well sure you can’t help but feel personally affected because after all, it’s you. However, see it as a chance to move in a new direction, make a fresh start, and perhaps you actually get enthused about it and for a time at least, your determination to succeed might increase.
Of course, I’m not minimizing the intense frustration of a prolonged job search, and certainly don’t mean to imply that all you need to do is see things differently and you’ll have a job tomorrow. If that was my message, then what I’d really be saying is that your unemployment is somehow your own fault; and it isn’t. This world economy is tough and looking for work is a job in itself. The message I want to pass on however is that you certainly can alter your attitude at any time; and in fact, you alone have the power to do this.
While others may attempt to console, comfort, encourage and support you, true motivation has to be born within. What is difficult is the initial kickstart to get moving. You can’t build momentum if you are standing still, you have to be in motion. Your job search is no different – it requires action and your attitude has to be properly set prior to action, otherwise you’ve got action without direction.
Adversity comes to everyone and hopefully no more than you are capable of handling. When, not if, you overcome adversity, realize that the more adversity you had to overcome, the sweeter the taste of success. Those with tremendous adversity in their lives are the ones who are remembered, go down in the history books, and the ones others stand back and admire. While I certainly would not wish adversity on you, I do wish you the best in your struggle to overcome the adversity of unemployment.