Feeling Down?

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There’s a lot of negativity around us. Turn on the news, read google, or open a newspaper and you’ll hear all about the dark side of people, organizations, our government, and other countries. The latest topic that seems to be everywhere is job layoffs. Specifically in the tech industry. But regardless of whether you work in tech or not, it’s a scary topic. Not having income is a scary thought. Because we live in a place of scarcity, right?

No, we do not.

My first piece of advice is to stop listening to the noise. Especially if you are being emotionally pulled down because of it. Especially if you are one of the many that have recently been laid-off.

I’ve been there too. So I fully understand how it feels to be at the bottom. And it feels like the bottom for certain. You feel unwanted. You feel like a loser. And overnight, life is very uncertain.

But what if this is exactly where you are supposed to be? What if this is what you need to take you to where you are meant to go next?

We are creatures of habit and comfort. On our own, we are not likely to put ourselves in an uncomfortable and volatile situation. So when life puts you there, take note. I’ve been here long enough to know that there are no mistakes. You have a choice: either rise up to the occasion or not. The great thing here is that it is all up to you. You don’t need to rely on anyone else to make it happen. It’s 100% your choice on what you do next.

Our perception is our life filter. It is how we experience the world. Whether you are dealing with a job lay off or not, understanding your perception and beliefs is how you begin to create change. It’s also how you can create a positive mindset.

Digging into the research, I’ve learned that a positive mindset is no joke. We’re not talking about Pollyanna here. Here’s just a few benefits from having a positive mindset:

  • A higher level of creativity. (University of North Carolina)
  • Are more resilient to stress. (American Psychological Association)
  • Have better relationships with colleagues. (University of Warwick)
  • Have a better work-life balance. (University of Warwick)
  • Are more satisfied with their jobs. (University of Warwick)
  • Have better overall health. (University of Warwick)

This is why I am bringing EP Connect (a positive mindset feed) to businesses and organizations. It is simply the easiest and most simplistic way to improve mental health in the workplace, and at home.

If you’ve recently been laid off, take some time for you. Feel bad, mourn the job, and perhaps sleep more than you knew you could. But then get up. Start taking neighborhood walks. Start talking to your neighbors. Meet the neighborhood barista. And begin to introduce yourself to you.

We take on our jobs as our identity. But what you will find is your job is just what you do….it is not who you are. In the next few days, weeks, months, you will start to learn exactly who you are. That you have the strength and courage to move forward. That you can choose to have a positive mindset. And that this circumstance is exactly what you needed to soar.

Take the time to learn about you. Love who you are. And be that in life. We need more of you in the world to show us that we can do it too. You can Emerge Positive.


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