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You are tougher than you think you are!

I received this e-mail from a local career coach.  I thought I would share it with others who need the encouragement in this tough economic time.

We had two individuals return to work last week.  They approached the process with a “tough” attitude.  Well spoken from my friend Ray Mitchell:
“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.”
Peter McWilliams

I am spending a lot more time these days with people who have seen things go worse than they ever thought would be possible. Job and savings losses coupled with staggering medical bills are hitting folks who just a few short years ago were at the top of their game and who had no money worries. The question for most of the hard-hit people I know is “how can I get through this” without just giving up. Unfortunately it looks like it is going to take sometime for things to get to the point where most everyone will get back into the main stream.

The people in these situations who impress me are those who don’t dwell on their losses but rather working to find ways to get by while taking advantage of the slowdown by preparing to come down running as soon as opportunity presents itself. These folks don’t waste time; they may be developing new skills, doing research to find where the emerging opportunities will appear in the years ahead while building their personal networks. Many are my heroes as they keep doing something of value including donating their time and talent to help others.

Writer Les Brown shared some of his thoughts not so long ago. I am just going to pull out a few of his ideas to share with you for the article is in the spirit I am talking about, here is what he said in part.

I think, we can all agree, life is getting tough. It seems as if everything around us is collapsing, and crumbling before our very eyes. Many people are uncertain about the future, money, relationships, health, and careers. In fact, we are beginning to question the very nature of life itself. In these uneasy times my advice is simply:  When things go wrong, don’t go with them.

Things may happen around you and things may happen to you, but the only thing that matters is what happens in you. In the midst of chaos, you have to brace yourself, build your faith, feed your mind with positive materials, and seek opportunities you’ve never considered before. You should be getting stronger, smarter, and strategizing to launch a new life, blindsiding everyone with your success and tenacity. In times like these, we have to look for opportunities and act fast like never before.

Dr. Robert Schuller once said, Tough times never last, but tough people do. Make no mistake about it, times are tough, but you are tougher.

“Good work habits help develop an internal toughness and a self-confident attitude that will sustain you through every adversity and temporary discouragement. ”

Paul J. Fleyer

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  1. 18 July 2009 at 10:37

    Love your post. There is so much whining these days, but tough times are an opportunity to build character. Check my post “Getting a job in a tough economy” on http://www.tiny.cc/careerblog.

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