Several weeks ago I was feeling lost and disappointed. Trying to build a career when you move every 3 years, and live overseas isn’t easy. Disappointment isn’t a stranger to me in that department. I had just finished another round of job applications and was left with the resounding silence of no response, and the rare “We’ve selected someone else” emails. What made this round particularly devastating was that one of the jobs was something that would be a great fit for me. A job I really hoped I would get, but that was not to be. I felt like giving up. What was the point of it all, anyway? I should just give up and accept my career-less fate.
“Um, no,” screamed my soul. “Don’t you dare give up!!”
I aimlessly cruised my favorite inspirational type blogs and sites and half-heartedly applied to another great job opportunity that I probably would get. I was tired of feeling this way, I was tired of feeling hopeless. What if I just stopped? What if I tried this positivity everyone talks about? Was I afraid of being happy? Of being successful? Maybe that was it all along. Good things were coming to me, I felt it. Always just out of reach, always just over the horizon. I decided I would embrace that.
I embrace the good that is coming to me.”
My new mantra. I wrote it down. I committed to saying my mantra daily, and not just saying it, but feeling it. Living it. For one whole week, every morning I repeated my new mantra. I said it throughout the day. My hard work would pay off, the seeds I had been planting would bloom. I knew this, I felt it, I acted as if it had already happened. My week focused on positivity and manifesting my dreams.
By the end of the week, my experiment with positivity and manifestation had been completed. The results? I had a job interview and the promise of a new job. Essentially my dream job. Days later, the official job offer. I was overjoyed! For so long I had struggled, felt like a failure like I would never be able to overcome this obstacle. Here I was, finally able to do it! Relief flooded over me. For the first time in a long time, I was happy with how things in my life was going.
Positivity and Manifestation: Tools for a Happier Life
Was that week the result of my new mantra, positivity, and manifestation? Well, I’m not going to say that it’s the end to all of your troubles. It’s not. You still have to put in the work. To say it was the result of a mantra and a mindset shift, would belittle the work I’d done to that point, the steps I took to get there. Those actions all lead me to that point. Since then, I have been lax in continuing my mantra and a positive mindset. I may not have been the reason I got the job I’ve sought for so long, but it certainly has made me feel better. The days I embrace my mantra are better than the days I don’t.
Your positivity, your desire to manifest the changes in your life that you want aren’t the tools that will get you there by themselves. You need to back them up with the actions and hard work it takes to get there. But just maybe, that mantra, that mindset will make the path you take to get there a little better, a little smoother and happier. To me, that’s good enough reason to continue to incorporate more positivity into my mindset.