For most of us, we’ve had the thought a time or two (or three or four). Months following the giddiness of starting a new job and learning the ropes of the position, difficulties and struggles that went unrecognized slowly begin to surface and come to attention. The rose-colored spectacles we proudly wore and that Kool Aid we gulped in the honeymoon stage of our career are gently released from our eyes and mouth. You want me to do what and stay for how long?

Whether it is a gossipy coworker, a competitive work environment, demanding boss, the inability to take a lunch break or you simply discover that you just really dislike your profession, reality sets in. The endorphins and excitement of having a guaranteed paycheck, health benefits, calendar regularity and the word present on a resume subside and you wake up realizing that this is your life. In your state of unhappiness, you may begin searching for a new career or industry, but, is a quick exit really the solution?

Positivity is a choice, not a given. True, some of us may innately look at life as a fuller-than-emptier glass (which is what we should strive for), but a positive mindset is something that is actively trained and garnered. Positivity is waking up and telling your mind that the day ahead is unknown, but the beauty, happiness and joy in your work-shift will be sought out. Positivity is knowing that although your workplace is difficult and tiresome, you have a car to get you to and from work; a paycheck to pay the bills; and a different outfit to wear every day of the week. Positivity is choosing to be thankful, even when the dark loom of negativity clouds your mind.

Positivity is choosing to be thankful, even when the dark loom of negativity clouds your mind.

When the hardships of the workforce take shape, choose to focus on the positive instead of the negative. No company or profession is perfect, and tasks will be required that are not enjoyable, but do not allow that negativity to win the race. Negativity is often dwelt upon more than positivity. Isn’t it easier — and falsely justifiable — at times to talk about all of the wrongs that make our numbered list of complaints? Though discussing work struggles over coffee and croissants with a girlfriend can be a therapeutic remedy at times, no number of hours or conversations can cure a negative mindset; only you can make that choice.

Whether you’re a fresh college graduate entering the workforce, a junior level employee hungry to succeed, or an experienced leader in your industry, never stop seeking the positive. Whatever career stage you are in, be intentionally optimistic and thankful for your role. You were selected out of a plethora of applicants for the position you’re in because of a skill set you showcased, so seek the joy and gratitude in such assurance each day.

Above all, choose positivity for a healthier mind, body and spirit. A thankful you is the start to becoming a positive you — and we can all work with that.

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  1. Love the post. It is so important to be reminded (and to remember) that positivity is a choice and not dependent on external circumstances or other people. How freeing is that!!!

  2. Thank you for this. For me, this article hit home because I’m in the process of applying to transfer undergraduate universities. This helped keep things in perspective in case I end up staying where I am — I can make the best of my situation and be positive even if it’s not quite what I want to be doing.

  3. I’m always amazed at how timely these articles come. Thank you for the boost to stay positive!

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