I gave a motivational speech yesterday for a group of men and women who have been unemployed for awhile. A long while. Most of them have been out of work for more than a year and many are closing in on two years without a paycheck.
At least 90 percent were over 40 and, probably 75 percent were over 50.
I found myself looking at a group of people that had largely lost hope. One woman came up to me and said, “I know I won’t be able to get a job selling because of my age. I have to find some way to re-invent myself.” Maybe re-invention will be good for her, but I was stunned by the hopelessness in her tone. It’s not as if she were 100 years old. She was 52. Fifty-two and thinking life was over! She looked dispirited and worn out, and I just wanted to hold her and promise her that everything would turn around soon.
The weight on that sweet woman’s shoulders was so heavy, and I know that the difficulties foisted on her by this horrid recession had zapped her of her confidence and verve.
I’m so big on the Law of Attraction that I know that what she puts out is exactly what she’s going to get back. If she — and the others in her group — projects frustration and hopelessness, life will give them plenty of reasons to be frustrated and hopeless.
But if they tell themselves that the turnaround has begun, their luck is increasing daily and that they are in-demand, employable and worthy, guess what? They will project that they are all of those things. And once they put that energy out there, things truly will turn around.
Some people think this is a simplistic and Pollyanna approach to life, but the truth is, life is a lot simpler than we sometimes make it. We have to stop trying to force things and simply do the things that bring luck, success and good energy our way. Can the people I spoke to force change overnight? No. But they can change their mindset, re-focus their actions, work hard and expect big things. Sooner or later, something will work.