Life Between Jobs Is A Challenge

By J. McKenna

If you are in between jobs today, you are facing challenges that you may never have grappled with before. Here are some suggestions from a Kansas State University Extension newsletter that can make this transition easier. Successful people, in work and in personal lives, have certain characteristics in common. As you make your plans for 2002, keep in mind:

If you expect success, you will most likely achieve it. A positive attitude generally produces positive results. If you don't feel successful, pretend. Do something successful until your feeler catches up with your doer. In contrast, people who believe they will fail, often fail.

Decide what you want. To get there, it helps to be able to see where you want to go. Set a goal and go for it. Create a list of your top priorities for the next three months and you'll find your daily priorities will fall in line to help you reach your goal. Drop things that interfere with your purpose.

Do more than is asked of you. Go the extra mile in all areas of your life and give something extra. You will benefit in kind.

You'll make mistakes. Consider mistakes learning experiences that are steps toward success. As you learn and refuse to give up, you'll find that you increase your choices and your confidence about making decisions. Coping with mistakes builds strength and wisdom.

Accept responsibility and challenge. If you know you are accountable for your actions and your future, you will reap the benefits in ability and self-esteem.

Welcome new ideas. New ideas are the seeds to your progress.

Keep physically and mentally fit. It takes lots of energy to meet change successfully. Rest, good nutrition, relaxation, exercise, and positive relationships with others are vital to renewing energy and maintaining your focus.

Take care of yourself. Start with doing a few things you love to do and stop depriving yourself. Life is too short to put off being good to yourself.

"Success is not a matter of 'luck' but of doing those things which experience teaches are most likely to lead to achievement. Knowing these basic principles is just the beginning. By adopting and practicing them you can form a habit of success that will ultimately become part of you."

Updated Tuesday, August 05, 2014