Thursday, January 17, 2013

how to find hope

Whether you're on the job/career hunt or not, I found that the advice given in Chapter 1: How To Find Hope of What Color is Your Parachute? is useful for anyone. 

There are times in life where we might be feeling beaten down and wonder, "Where do I go from here?" During this time one of the most important things you can do is NOT lose hope. It might sound easier said then done, but taking into consideration Dick Bolles Four Keys to Finding Hope might get you thinking differently. Take a look below.

First Key to Finding Hope
Hope depends upon taking care that we have at least two alternatives in every situation we find ourselves, and with every task confronting us. For example, not just having one way to hunt for a job, but two ways, at least. 

The Second Key to Finding Hope
In any situation, no  matter how much we may feel we are at the mercy of the vast forces out there, that are totally beyond our control, we can always find something that is within our control, however small, and work on that. It may only be 2 to 5 percent, but find it! For example, getting more sleep. 

The Third Key to Finding Hope
Assume that nothing that happens to us is just senseless and meaningless, including being out of work for a long time. In the context of our total life, it will eventually turn out to have meaning. 

The Fourth Key to Finding Hope
Pay no attention to statistics if they discourage you. If you do pay attention, be mindful of which you're considering. 

These four keys struck home to me and instantly brightened up my mood last evening. Hopefully you too can see the importance in hope and incorporate it into your job hunt or even just daily life. 

*some of these ideas are taken directly from Chapter 1: How to Find Hope in What Color is Your Parachute? I do not claim them as my own but as the ideas of Richard Bolles*

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