As regular readers of this space will know, I sometimes have a hard time not succumbing to the "I'm doomed!" reaction as my job search crawls on and on and on, and, while I'm hardly a "lightness and sunshine" guy anyway, I have come to appreciate when a particular bit of "positivity coaching" comes my way when I need it. The other day I got an e-mail newsletter from noted author and speaker Jon Gordon which was both focused on tips for keeping up a "Positive Point of View" and had a downloadable .pdf poster (which is currently up on my refrigerator). I contacted Jon to see if he'd be OK with me doing a reprint of this newsletter, and that's what I'm bringing you for my "job industry" feature today ...
by Jon Gordon
Have you ever thought about your POV? Point Of View. Your POV determines how you see the world and influences your perception of reality. This is significant because we don't live our lives based on reality but rather our perception of reality.
For example if you lost your job your POV could see it as an opportunity to start the business or pursue the career you always wanted while the POV of someone else might focus on the fear of going broke and never finding a job again.
One person is filled with positive emotions and energized by the opportunity while the other is paralyzed by fear and likely in need of therapy. The same event leads to two different POV's, perspectives, emotions and actions.
POV influences everything. One company views the economy as an opportunity to gain market share while another company complains that the good ole days are gone.
Talk to different people about politics at a party and you'll get different POV's. Walk outside in the rain and some will grumble that they are getting wet while others will be thankful because their yards and flowers needed the water.
Everyone has a POV and its important to think about how you see the world. Because how you see the world defines YOUR world.
I can personally attest that as someone who is not naturally a positive person I've worked hard to develop a PPOV. A Positive Point Of View. And by doing so for the last ten years I can see how my PPOV has enhanced my J-O-Y and my J-O-B. :)
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