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A New Jobseeking Strategy– Visualization!

English: Biking in São Carlos, Brazil

English: Biking in São Carlos, Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am a bike lover. I don’t get to go out as often as I would like, but when I can, I’m biking either around town or taking the bike to a local trail or beach. There’s nothing like it.

This year I noticed I have been getting more winded and achy than normal, and exhausted all the time. I didn’t let it bring me down until the doctor diagnosed me with a disorder that affects my thyroid. Almost overnight I went from biking 60 miles a week to little over 5. I was too tired– and now I knew why.

I once heard it said that bumblebees are really not supposed to fly with the body and wing structure they have. They only fly because no one told them they couldn’t. Maybe that’s me.

Last night I realized that the problem with my decline in activity wasn’t because of any diagnosis, but the effect the knowledge had on my mind. Now I’m not supposed to be able to exercise like that. So I forced myself back on the bike, and rode to a local lake 5 miles uphill from me. As I started climbing an incline, I noticed a woman off to the side of the trail doing stretching exercises. I caught myself wondering what I would look like if I were her, and suddenly the fatigue threatening to overtake me was pushed out of my mind. I got a new sense of strength and rode the 10 mile round trip like I used to.

I’ve always said that in job hunting we can often be our own worst enemy. When we’re dealing with yet another tedious job application, targeting yet another resume or even getting up on a Monday morning to start another day with the classifieds, if we can just start by visualizing ourselves back in a job we love to do, and what would that look like, I think it will infuse that energy that is so necessary to carry on. I am no doctor, nor am I a therapist, but I’ve seen the power of positive thinking, by visualizing the end product, and then working my way backwards.

About kimberlyjmyers

I am a workforce development professional in Washington State. I have ten years experience working with dislocated workers, vocationally impaired, and people with disabilities on many levels and backgrounds from offenders to non-English speaking refugees from around the world. The One thing the clients I have worked with all had in common: there was some barrier to employment, and I work diligently every day to identify, address and remove those barriers.


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