Think "Right Thoughts"
What you think controls how you feel
and act. If you think the "glass is half empty," you
are sure to feel discouraged and immobilized. Rational
and practical thoughts lead to good feelings and positive
Avoid thoughts like, "Getting laid
off is just terrible," or "If I don't succeed at
work, I'm a failure." Instead,
- You want to think realistic thoughts
"I can affect what happens in
my working and personal life,"
"I am worthy as a person, regardless
of my achievements at work,"
"Finding another job is a challenge," or
"Problems and disappointments
are a part of life."
Constructive thoughts can free you
of negative moods and empower you to take charge
of your life.
Thinking "right thoughts" is more than a philosophy; it is a proven therapeutic
approach known as "cognitive therapy." Hundreds of studies have shown its
effectiveness. And, you will want to use it in your everyday life.
Most people find it easy to understand
and apply to daily living. In fact, it is taught
to normal children (read "The Optimistic Child" by
Martin E. P. Seligman).
Know your "motivated skills," those
that you enjoy using. Look for ways to strengthen
Studies have found that optimism is
associated with many positive health benefits, such
as shielding people from heart attack and strokes.
- An inexpensive paperback book you can
buy at your local bookstore is "Feeling Good" by David
Burns. It is highly recommended.