The Chinese have a proverb that I really like, and given that it’s the start of 2013, I wanted to encourage you with it:
“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago..the next best time is today”
I think we all look back at our lives and say, “if only I had gotten started on this (or done this or that) way back when, I would be so much further ahead than I am now.”
It is easy to dwell on this thought when we are slogging through the rough patches…maybe you are delaying further schooling because the degree seems so far away…or maybe you are procrastinating re- entering the workforce because deep down you believe your chosen field has passed you by.
Maybe you are one of those who knows deep down you are spending more time on Facebook than actually job hunting…or maybe you got so frustrated that you checked out of the job search process six months ago…we’re human, it happens.
When we are in these mindsets, it’s natural to wish that life had a “rewind” feature, but it doesn’t, and that’s why I like this proverb so much… “the next best time is today”…what a powerful statement that is..
I want everyone reading this to get this in their spirit – today, right now, is the time to begin again…so what if you weren’t ( or didn’t think you were ) giving 100% of yourself to the job search process…you can’t fix or change that, but going forward, you can do so…and that’s the key – GO FORWARD.
Take some time and take stock of yourself… where have you been? Where do you want to go? Then take action…research companies that can hire you, and develop contacts who can help. Aim for as many pertinent companies and contacts as you can. If you can only come up with ten or twenty, you aren’t digging hard enough…
The truth is this – action destroys the negative thoughts that stop you dead in your tracks. BUT, your actions must be strategically planned and then enthusiastically executed.
You all have it within you to do this, but it’s not enough to make a new year’s resolution…you have to make a DAILY resolution… heck, sometimes these decisions need to be made hourly, until the habits of focus and constant forward pressure are automatic.
I appreciate each of you, and thank you for reading… I look forward to providing value to you in the coming year.
Until next time, I wish you all the best.
Thomas Patrick Chuna is a certified Five O’Clock Club job search coach.
The Five O’Clock Club is a nationally recognized outplacement firm with a proven job search methodology that helps job seekers get better jobs faster.
The Five O’Clock Club also provides affordable, humane outplacement services to companies who care about the well being of their employees.
Tom is also an experienced independent recruiter specializing in molecular oncology research scientists & MD’s.
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