How to get a positive outlook on your job search.

job search fear cartoonThis is a guest post by Kate Baggott. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines.

Any job search can be a long-term project.

It can induce a loop of depressive or obsessive thoughts and provoke the fear that life will never improve from its current state.

I wrote this little essay to remind myself that life's difficulties always end. Sometimes they morph into happy times, sometimes they evolve into stranger and more interesting difficulties.

Still, the only way to recognize improvements and changes is to change that cycle of obsessive thoughts.

Here is an essay that describes how I work to find a more positive mindset. I hope it helps you too.

Obsessive thoughts are sticky things.

  • They allow trivial sensibilities to assume and carry an unworthy weight.
  • They encourage a false dedication that demands intellectual loyalty to what is just cerebral masturbation.
  • They are insatiable thirsts, forever demanding life’s milk and then spilling it carelessly.
  • They inspire nothing but wakefulness with their tortured repetition.

There is nothing mysterious to complete any fixation.

Obsessive thoughts cannot be resolved.

The adaptability of the brain, in all its fantastic elasticity, can end the loop of obsessive thoughts. It can, with staggering degrees of curiosity and imagination, think new thoughts:

1) Create room for these infant ideas

Accept that the old thoughts are comfortable and well-practiced, but probably wrong.

Good ideas and productive thoughts are fleeting. The knowledge they inspire and the skills they build upon can be applied to meeting the demands of life. Obsessive thoughts repeat because they are flawed. The brain replays them desperately searching for some use for an obsolete tool.

2) Recognize that the old thoughts are wrong

There is freedom in accepting the need to open another neural pathway – metaphorically speaking, of course.

There is no need to revisit old observations that may be the stuff of false conclusions. Instead, there is a need to widen one’s outlook, to discover the details missed in the glare of sunlight or the shadows of evening.

3) Do not speak of your pensive opinions as they develop

Do not solicit agreement or disagreement.

Taking in a fresh view of the world is a delicate exercise and more than seeing is required. Listening, too, is important to the creation of new thought. Hear what others have to say, unasked and unprovoked, about whatever is happening in their own heads. Let their words re-form and be read aloud into the ears of your consciousness.

Let it all in. Let it push out the obsessive thoughts and make room.

4) Give your imagination permission to play with subjects it has not considered

Allow memories to revise themselves so that you treat old enemies with kindness, old grudges with compassion and, the almost-forgotten stories of your youth with invaluable friendship.

Open the door to your senses.

Inhale the scent of soap before you buy it. Shake hands more slowly to examine them for calluses and unexpected softness. Walk through the spice market of your mind to discover another flavor. Reconsider all your long-established preferences.

Find a new thought you love more than any you’ve had before. Then, create another.

About the Author

Kate Baggott is a Canadian writer living in Europe. Her work has been published around the world. Links to other published pieces can be found at

This article is part of the Over $4000 in Prizes: The 5th Annual JobMob Guest Blogging Contest, which was made possible thanks in large part to our sponsors:

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Kate Baggott

    Wow! Jacob. This article looks great. Thanks so much for the excellent formatting and the forum. It is always a pleasure to be here on JobMob.

    The contradiction between my advice and my actions, however, is pretty extreme. Participating in this kind of contest with a view to winning is completely OBSESSIVE. To make things worse, this year I am in two at the same time and both of them are based in Israel.

    I have a week to get all of my friends to come here and “like” my article and I have a week to get all my friends to go like my story here:

    I have no turned my Twitter feed and my Facebook profile and my Livejournal into self-promoting link farms and, baby, do I ever need more advice about how to do it better!

  2. Kate Baggott

    Open-minded is a great comment because it can mean anything.

  3. tracey allen

    Open-minded is a great comment because it can mean anything.

  4. Kate

    Testing to see if this comment works. Friends have been having trouble posting.

  5. Michele

    Great article for anyone who wants to break bad thought patterns – not just job-seekers.

  6. Kevin Powell

    I would also add: monitor self-talk. What we say to ourselves about ourselves impact the way we engage with others. Negative self-talk inhibits the brain from seeing new perspectives and fresh opportunities.

  7. Kate

    Excellent addition to the list, Kevin.

  8. Kate B

    It’s been a few years since I wrote this article and I just came through almost 3 years of suffering after some horrible life events. I just wanted to let you know that bad times do end, they just seems to go on forever. Keep that in mind.

  9. Kate

    If you like this post, you might want to read my book Love From Planet Wine Cooler. See my web site or follow me on Twitter for details.

  10. Kate

    I’ve been tweeting this link daily, but I’m not sure the Captain Up fatigue is sending and new visitors.

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