Operation Corrupt and Spoil started in earnest yesterday when I met my niece, Ainsley Summer Anderson for the very first time. As I peered at the beautiful and strange little coffee bean it was still hard to fathom how the lives of my family had wonderfully and irrevocably changed. Within seconds I had her in my arms, all warm 5 pounds 11 ounces of her quietly snuggled against my chest.
It was hours before I saw her with her eyes opened. But only moments before I was in love.
A job search can be overwhelming particularly in economically challenging times. And in times when the need to be searching has come as a surprise and catches you unaware and unprepared it can feel like a crippling blow. Forgo the personal recriminations and shoulda’s-coulda’s-woulda’s. If that’s just not in your composition let yourself wallow for a day or two and then be done with it.
Start a virtuous cycle. Pick three things to do today that will help you feel good about yourself and about your day. Start with some easy stuff—making it to the gym, eating healthy (or healthier), updating your LinkedIn profile or connecting with a long lost former colleague. Write them down. At the end of the day, check them off your list and acknowledge yourself for doing so.
You know the drill: lather, rinse, repeat…tomorrow, pick three more.