While most careerists face bouts of anger or bitterness at different times, they ultimately realize that neutralizing those feelings is necessary in order to move ahead, be productive, find calm – even laugh and experience joy.
For some, bitterness emanates from a bad experience with a current or past boss. Maybe he or she didn’t respect your talent or time and didn’t value you enough to promote you, pay you what you deserve or offer kudos for a job well done.
For others, the bitterness arises from resentment that you aren’t climbing the career ladder as quickly as your colleagues, friends or family members. Or, you may feel you are giving up your life – even your health – for an overly demanding company and for no real return.
Moreover, you may be waylaid by bitterness stemming from personal issues such as divorce or financial struggles that in turn disrupt you day-to-day ability to function well at work, and everywhere else.
If you find yourself stuck in such a negativity vortex, immediate action may be needed. Steps you can take today will help you reinvent yourself to become a more positive, optimistic and hopeful person, almost immediately. With positivity, comes action and with action, traction, leading to problem solving that will eventually shrink (or even dissolve) the cluster of negativity. It can even open up the door to a brighter view of life.
Here are three tips:
1. Read a motivational book. Television celebrity Steve Harvey’s book, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, asserts that every person has a gift, and you should discover yours in order to fulfill your purpose. Harvey’s book is an easy, idea-rich, actionable read that can promptly get you on the path back to hope if you are stumbling along a dark, endless highway. Nourish Your Career, written by my friend, Shahrzad Arasteh, as well as dozens of other books also can be found online and at your local library to help you reenergize.
Follow this link for Tips 2 + 3 (hint, they involve ‘having fun!’ and ‘taking a risk!’) via my latest Glassdoor post: 3 Ways to Avoid Bitterness During Your Job Search.