Don’t Be Discouraged!
Last year the company for which I worked announced that they were cutting a lot of positions and mine was one of them. As a result, I was forced to take a lower paying job that I absolutely hated just so I could pay my bills. In the meantime, I continued to look for another job that was related to my degree and work experience and that has much higher pay. Basically I was looking for my dream job. A month later I stumbled across The Secret at the bookstore and I bought the book and DVD and read every page and watched the DVD over and over again. I even purchased the audio version of the book online so I could listen to it on the way to work and in the morning while I was getting ready. Every single day I would visualize my dream job and the compensation that I knew I deserved even though it seemed unrealistic. I felt happy that it was already mine! I wrote down all of my goals and characteristics of my dream job. I wrote down what I would accomplish and how my new colleagues and boss would view me and treat me in my new job. I would constantly visualize doing well in the interviews, getting the call with a job offer, and I imagined myself working at my new job. It was mine! I felt the feelings of happiness and fulfillment as I was offered the job and felt how happy I was while working at my dream job. I imagined exactly what I would be doing, where, and how great I would be feeling. I felt feelings of gratitude and said Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! over and over again!
I went to quite a few job interviews that seemed promising but wasnt offered a single position even though I was qualified and received many compliments on my performance. I was absolutely crushed. I began to feel depressed over my situation and started to lose hope. In retrospect I think I lacked a belief in myself which was the problem. At that point my health went down hill (I am better now. I think it was just stress) and I was barely able to pay my bills. The worse I felt and the sicker I became, the more I had to miss work and the more money I would suddenly owe. Instead of getting checks in the mail I was getting random bills in the mail! The bills just kept piling up and the rejection letters kept coming in! I felt like I was in a downward spiral. I was absolutely miserable and everyone knew it! I really wanted my situation to improve though and I wanted to think and feel better thoughts since thoughts do become things. I decided to end the pity party once and for all.
One day I bought a gratitude journal and made a commitment to write what I was thankful for each day. I also re-read the Secret and watched the DVD. I made vision boards for my career, finances, home, personal life, and health/well being. I watched the Secret DVD and listened to motivational music while making the vision boards. I also visualized myself in each situation exactly how I wanted it to be and felt feelings of happiness, satisfaction, and gratitude. I was overjoyed! After that I decided to stop feeling helpless and sorry for myself and to stop obsessing over everything that I wanted and just let go. I had already asked for it. Now it was time to believe I would receive it and open myself up to it!
I began living my life again. I accepted my current situation as something only very temporary and tried to feel happy and grateful for my job. I talked to my professors and professionals in the field in which I wanted to work and asked for their advice on how I could improve my skills, make myself more marketable, and find the right position. I even offered to work part time as an intern just to gain some experience. I began to feel a sense of control over my life once again and I KNEW I would get my dream job. I had several people offer me internships in which I was definitely interested in but I never took one. Why? As luck would have it, one day out of the blue I received a call about a position for which I had previously interviewed. It was with the company for which I had envisioned working all this time! It was the job that I wanted with the company for which I wanted to work and the salary that I was hoping for! They wanted to know if I would still be interested in it. I was so excited and said absolutely! I went in for another interview and was offered the job! The best part is I was offered a much higher salary than was quoted the first time I interviewed for it. They quoted the salary that I had visualized making! My key responsibilities and their expectations of me in the job were exactly what I had written down as my goals and characteristics of my dream job! BTW they told me I would NOT be doing those job functions when I first interviewed for it but this time things had changed within the company! I was absolutely stunned when I reviewed my gratitude journal and goals. It was as if they were reading it to me word for word! I am so happy and grateful for the opportunity! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
For those of you who are feeling depressed or hopeless, please know that it is only temporary and that things will improve! It is important to believe but dont obsess. Remember, thoughts become things! It is not always easy to feel good when you are feeling bad but if you try very hard and take baby steps and really make an effort you will feel happy and positive. You just have to believe. Enjoy life, make the most of situation you are in, and know that better things are coming your way!