Knowledge of the law of attraction provides a basis of understanding for the experiences that occur within your life. Law of attraction affirmations complement your active engagement in directing your thoughts, raising your vibration, and working in harmony with the law of attraction.
Using the law of attraction affirmations can serve you by:
reinforcing the principles of the law of attraction in your mind
increasing your mindfulness of the law of attraction’s influence and power in your daily life, and
acting as a means to remember and reiterate to yourself your role as a powerful being who has a direct impact on your personal experience of reality
The law of attraction affirmations shared within this post are offered as a means to reinforce the basic principles of the law of attraction to whoever chooses to repeat them. The goal is to intentionally integrate positive thoughts and imagery, inspire optimism and gratitude, and make accessible one of many means to redirect thought in a direction that serves your highest good.
How to Use Law of Attraction Affirmations
The purpose of adopting regular affirmation use is to inspire, direct, and reinforce focus on the life experience that you choose to have. Specific affirming statements and phrases can be elected with either broad or specific content aligned with your desired outcome.
When the affirmations are stated on a regular and consistent basis the content becomes part of your conscious thought. As a result, you may find yourself reflecting on the content detail at several points within your day. You may also use these affirming statements and phrases to replace undirected, misdirected, or negative thoughts.
This list of law of attraction affirmations is written to reflect a positive tone and an optimistic and empowered view. These affirmations are also intended to act as a mechanism to resonate with you and your thoughts, emotions, and vibration and by doing so enhance your ability to manifest your intentions.
Building Your Affirmation Practice
As a matter of practice, you can use these law of attraction affirmations in whichever manner that provides you with a positive experience. Suggested usage includes:
Choosing a singular affirmation as a focal point for a morning or evening meditation
Repeating one or two affirmations when using mala beads
Randomly selecting an affirmation and using it as a journaling prompt.
Reading through an entire list or deck of affirmations three times and intentionally invoking positive emotion and inflection when reciting its content
Selecting an affirmation that represents a dominant personal focus and rewriting its content on paper or in a journal 10 to 15 times for a month (or whatever repetitions and frequency you see as a good fit for you)
The potential use of law of attraction affirmations is expansive and in no way should be restrictive. You can choose creative ways to actively use, review, recant, or display your affirmations so as to have the greatest impact on you.
15 Law of Attraction Affirmations
I excitedly anticipate the good things to come in my life
I am happy for any opportunity to be inspired to want more and to dream bigger
I know that my powerful thoughts and positive emotions create my reality
I have gratitude for all the good things that exist in my life today
I am heavily focused on everything that makes me happy
I know anything and everything in my experience has been attracted to me by me
I am a powerful being
I know that the law of attraction exists in my experience always
I am aware that what I cannot see at this moment can still exist
I can expect the experience in my life to be exactly what I believe it to be
I still my thoughts and open my mind to gain inspiration for my next aligned step
I am thankful in this moment
I honor my thoughts and emotions as essential parts of my life experience
I embrace relaxing and welcoming as the pieces of my life harmonize and come together
I anticipate that this day will be a very good day
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Affirmations are an excellent way to focus and build intention with your thoughts.
So often the mind will run from topic to topic seemingly without pause. And scattered between subjects there can be a number of negative and demotivating thoughts.
Allowing the negative thoughts to run without borders can cause your energy to run away with it. And when you are looking to build your motivation for action, you find that are already mentally drained.
Affirmations can replace a negative train of thought and energize your mind with positive momentum.
With the right words in mind, you can find yourself hopeful, inspired, optimistic, and generally in a good mood.
This vitalized mental status can be the perfect frame of mind to make your vision and your actions come to life.
Why Do You Need Home Organization Affirmations?
Affirmations for home organization can infuse power thoughts and actions into an otherwise mentally draining project.
Organizing causes tons of thinking.
What do you want to do with this?
How do you create a home for that?
To organize well you are:
being intentional and thoughtful about your needs
creating the flow of your home, and
making long-lasting changes for order and harmony for you and your family
All of this may be new and therefore require a completely new train of thought!
With new trains of thought, come even more thinking, and therefore even more opportunity for negativity and self-sabotage.
As soon as you are unable to create an immediate solution for your clutter and chaos, you could be faced with thoughts of your ineptness for the entire project.
Home organization affirmations help you to keep the right thoughts about your abilities and capabilities at the forefront of your mind.
You do have the ability to create a new order for your home. You are completely capable to create or research new ideas for order and put them into action.
Home organization affirmations help to sustain the right thoughts in your mind regardless if you are at the easiest or toughest part of your project.
What Are the Benefits of Home Organization?
More than having a picture-perfect home, home organization helps to reduce the clutter in your mind.
Your surroundings are a reflection of you and your thinking. When you are disorganized in your home, you carry more than physical clutter in it.
Your true homebase is within.
When you are constantly in search of something you have lost or you find your eyes land on a project to be done, you are simultaneously exerting mental energy.
Mental energy or attention on unnecessary subjects can be significantly reduced when you know where things are, know where to put them, or lay eyes on empty spaces instead of clutter.
With a less taxed mind, you can then have opportunity to enjoy the peace within your home and in your thoughts.
It will be easier to take inventory of what you are grateful for in your home.
You will find more often your home to represent peace and relaxation.
Less distraction, less stress, and less wasted mental energy all contribute to your peaceful, focused, and clear mind.
And with a positive mental state, you have room to be more creative, more innovative, more inspired, or simply more relaxed.
How Do You Use Affirmations?
Affirmations have many applications.
Be open to experimenting and find what works for you when using them.
The simplest method is to find or create a statement that has positive meaning to you and to read or say the statement outloud.
You can repeat the statement once or repeatedly. The number of times said is not as important as the statement becoming your focus in the moment.
When you have a list of affirmations, you can read them all at once. You can also choose to take one or two from the list and to repeat them as if a mantra.
When doing difficult or tedious tasks, it can be helpful to repeat your chosen affirmations while performing your task to keep your mental energy aligned with what you are doing.
You can also choose to make ceremony with your affirmations.
You can choose to consciously and intentionally clear your mind before taking any action. Close your eyes and perform a few deep breaths.
Once you find yourself centered, you can light a candle or take a moment to write your affirmations to signify a start to your new thinking.
Then take time to read your affirmations, settling on every word, and purposefully aligning yourself with the meaning to you behind each statement.
When you have completed this, you are now ready to take on your tasks with the proper mental energy with your mind and actions in full alignment.
Take time to learn what works for you and practice using your home organization affirmations when creating the environment you aspire to have.
10 Home Organization Affirmations for When YouDon’t Feel Like Organizing
Keeping a positive state of mind and being kind to yourself as you live your life’s journey can be tough at times. But the rewards can be significant.
When doing tough projects like home organization, keep yourself motivated with positive affirmations every step of the way.
What do you do to keep a strong positive mindset? Do you use affirmations or just muscle through when you need to get things done? Share your story in the Comments Section.
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Believe that dream-come-true moments happen more often then you think. Many dreams have very humble and simple beginnings.
Creating a dreamer’s mindset brings your dreams closer faster simply because you believe. So give yourself something to believe in.
2. Defining Your Dream
What exactly is a dream? We all want and desire different things at different times. But is that the same as having a dream?
A true dream is significant, possibly life-changing to you. It’s not just a passing interest.
A dream is something that if you could achieve, you believe that it could change your life for the better.
Your dream can be a physical item like a home. Or it could be a new way of doing something like earning more money or crushing it playing a particular sport.
It could also be an experience that you simply long to have like traveling to a foreign country or having a dream wedding.
Dreams can also be a state of being.
You may want to be the happiest, healthiest, or the most creative that you ever have been.
Dreams are not SMART goals(specific/measurable/achievable/realistic/time-based), though sometimes they can resemble them.
Remember that you are framing for yourself what you truly want, regardless of whether or not it seems achievable or realistic.
You also may have never experienced any part of your dream before, so you may have no idea how much time it takes or how exactly to achieve it.
The way to your dream can be hazy, but make what your dream is crystal clear.
The 3Cs of Dreamweaving
Your dream is one that you feel compelled to achieve. There is an energy or passion that resonates when you think of achieving your dream.
This energetic signature is a necessary component. When practical action is absent sometimes you will move forward simply because you are compelled.
When considering your dreams, consider whether or not you feel compelled to bring it to life in order to live your best life.
The nature of your dream should be clear to you.
You should be able to translate your dream into words or expressions that you clearly understand.
At times you will be faced with unusual life circumstances that will lead you to your dream. Understanding what you seek with clarity will make it easier to follow uncommon or unexpected paths toward your dream.
Also, while it is not necessary to share your dreams with others, clarity can serve you when you do.
When you are able to easily articulate what you want, others may be in a position to support you.
Know what you want, why, when, or even how if the journey to achievement is part of what is important to you.
The more clear you can be the more tangible your dreams can become in your mind.
Your dream should be central to you at this moment. Wants that you have that are a future priority are not dreams, but ideas.
A dream is a must-have of value. It is a centerpiece to what you define as your good life.
And while you can have more than one dream and more than one priority, there is a carved-out place of importance for any single dream that you have.
Just as you can have many close family members, friends, and possessions, your dream deserves a place in your heart all its own.
Ensuring this centrality to your dream ensures it will remain a priority until it is fulfilled.
3. Maintaining Passion for Your Dream
On most occasions, the hard part isn’t writing out what you dream to be, do, or have. The hard part is the follow-through.
The fire goes out and then there is no heat left to get it burning again.
Dreams are not always easily translated into daily priorities. But making what you dream a daily priority will make it a reality.
What small idea or movement can you incorporate into your daily schedule that directly corresponds with your dream?
Take a picture of your dream and save it as your screen saver on your phone. Acknowledge your plan to have your dream daily
Make a savings jar or box and put any money you can into the container daily toward your dream. (Create a regular schedule of when the money moves to a savings account).
Take a class. Watch a YouTube video. Read or listen to a book. Listen to a podcast. Ingest information related to your dream daily.
Take actual action. Invest. Buy equipment. Set meetings with important stakeholders. Create a business plan. Visit a jewelry store. Go to the gym. Based on whatever your dream is take action daily, big or small, toward your goal.
Sweat the Small Stuff
Creating small micro-steps toward your dream can make the progress more achievable.
Every single sign of progression will not happen in leaps and bounds. And that’s okay.
The goal is to keep mindful, to keep positive, and to keep moving.
If you do not have any logical or inspired step to take today, simply focus on your mindset.
Review your Vision Board or make one if you have not already
Journal regarding your dream, what you have accomplished thusfar, and how you will feel when you complete your goal
Talk to others about your dream, especially those who have similar interest
Just take a simple moment to say and believe, one day.
While these steps may seem small, they are significant.
Your dream does not need to be your obsession but it does need to be a part of your daily thoughts.
Even keeping the thought of your dream in the forefront of your mind is a powerful step in moving in the right direction to achieve it.
When Your Fire Flutters
Now, there may be days that no motion forward makes you feel negative. Even a micro-step of thought on your dream makes you feel sad that it is not yours today.
In these moments, you may even think to give your dream away.
Don’t let your fire die. Instead, fan your flame differently
Your small step forward may be to abandon the thought of your dream’s absence in exchange for a happier moment.
Give into the joys that you have and remember that you already have so much to be thankful for.
Return to focusing on your mindset and becoming dreamer-minded. The belief in the possibility should feel just as good as your dream.
When you have returned to center then you can return to putting your dream into action.
But remember no dream can exist in a mind focused on its absence.
4. Plan to Change Your Plan
When making a dream happen, there really is no exact plan. Dreams come true. But plans are meant to fall apart.
Be prepared to be flexible.
And be alert for reasons to become flexible.
Like life, your path to your dream will never be straight. Learn to like living Life on The Curve.
Because one door has closed does not mean that another one will not open. So always keep your eyes open for alternatives.
Also, life will bring you more inspiration regarding your dreams. What you once wanted with a passion may change because you have been introduced to something else.
Learn to appreciate that this may be a part of the process.
Your first dream may have always been intended to be the catalyst for your next. Once you were inspired, you essentially completed the first step on your path.
Give room for your heart’s desires to become bigger and more meaningful to you.
When this occurs, don’t forget to recalibrate your system.
Check on your mindset.
Create your definition
Fuel your passion
And be prepared for anything
Once you’ve mastered the process, you can change your dreams into whatever you want them to be. And have 100% faith that you can make them happen.
Making dreams happen is not for everyone. Some people are only meant to pick up the pen sitting right in front of them.
But some are willing and able to reach into their mind and imagine the invisible.
Some can name what they want and believe it can happen. Others will continually let their dreams evolve.
No matter what, be one who is willing to think about your dreams and breathe life into them every day.
It is the art of dream-weaving and dream-believing that will make the biggest difference in your life.
Once mastered you will become one of those special few who get to say:
Isn’t it wonderful when dreams come true!
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Starting a journal can seem pretty simple, but journaling effectively can be challenging.
There is no absolute right way to journal, but even in your free spirit of writing you can feel as if you should be doing something more.
Effective journaling can elevate your journaling practice where you gain a heightened sense of self-awareness and a useful vehicle for self-improvement.
Knowing what you can gain out of the experience and how to achieve it can help to give your journaling practice true momentum.
The Benefits of Effective Journaling
Effective journaling can provide a regimen of self-expression, self-reflection, and awareness. The benefits that come with a regular journaling practice can include, but are not limited to, a:
method to release and relinquish thoughts or problems that may be repeating themselves in your mind
means to pour out ideas, solutions, or stalemates that have no other opportunity for release or expression in your daily life
place to put private queries and soul-searching questions of what you want out of your life
useful tool to document the special moments in your life, recording your impressions of your experiences and reflecting on your relationship with those who are close or special to you.
All of these uses and more can provide personal benefit and self-development through your investment of time and energy when journaling.
What is even more beneficial is how much regular expression could potentially grow to become a therapeutic, emotionally-balancing, and calming practice positively impacting your daily life.
The following steps will put you on your path to begin owning your highly effective journaling practice.
Establish Why You Want to Start Journaling
As mentioned, journaling has a countless number of uses and therefore there can be countless reasons why you would want to start.
However, narrowing your purpose to 1 or 2 reasons of why journaling and its benefits are important to you is important.
You want there to be a purpose behind the process that motivates you to start and to regularly commit to interjecting an additional new task into your life.
Journaling does not have to be rigid and regimented and can be purely for enjoyment.
However, as with all commitments, you want to put yourself in the best place to finish what you have started to gain the most value.
Establishing your why puts you in a good place for focus and direction within your journaling practice.
What Is Your “Why” That Motivates Your Motion?
You may have considered journaling for your own creative expression and simply to enjoy the act of writing your thoughts.
Journaling could have been presented to you by a good friend or even a therapist as a way to release your emotions and ideas in a constructive way.
Maybe you received a beautiful journal as a gift and decided you wanted to put it to good use.
In all cases, be clear to yourself why you are journaling and what you would like to gain from the effort.
You can only define how effective you are if you first determine your goal with the journaling process.
Define what you see as your rewarding experience and enjoy the process of reaching it through journaling.
Create a Journaling Atmosphere
Your journaling atmosphere is one that is set for the purpose and easy flow of your self-expression.
This is your time with you, your thoughts, your ideas, and your emotions.
Your space for journaling should be one that gives you the freedom to express all that you need to and the comfort to do so without distraction or concern.
While the process of identifying your space does not have to be elaborate, it does at least require thought to set the proper direction.
The Right Space Supports Writing Flow
Journaling is not a contact sport, but it is amazing how many people you will come in contact with the moment you sit and start to write.
Interruptions can be an inside job, at times. To-do lists and conversation replays can clutter your thoughts and cause distraction.
However, it can be even harder to control outside interruptions that interfere with your writing flow.
You may consider early morning or late evening as your journaling time.
Or any alternative when a spouse, a child, or other family and friends are less likely to look to connect with you.
Make a point not to answer your phone, check emails, or become distracted with unnecessary to-do items in your eyesight.
Create focus so that you do not lose focus.
You may be helped by creating a writing regime where you go to a certain place at a certain time, bring your journaling materials, and even have a favorite beverage handy.
When all the same familiar pieces are in line you know it’s writing time.
Your environment should be comfortable, easily duplicatable, and functional.
You can certainly have more than one space and likely will benefit from the flexibility should your go-to area become unavailable.
The overall goal is to set space for your journaling and create an atmosphere to let your words come from you freely.
Creating space for your self-expression is as important as the expression itself.
Define Your Journaling Method
Now that you have determined your reason for journaling and created space to undergo the process, it’s time to get the deed done.
Journaling is essentially recordkeeping and you get to decide the best method to capture your records.
Finding the journaling method that appeals most to you will make the process more enjoyable and one that you will want to return to.
The variations to the process are many and can be customized to meet your needs, preferences, and interests.
Enjoy the Freedom of Self-Expression
A common method is to put pen to paper and write your thoughts until you have no more to write.
Free-writing can be an excellent method to see what is on your mind without overthinking the process.
There is no need to create a priority subject or system of prescribed content.
You do not have to have a bigger purpose than to empty your head.
After a few days or weeks, you can look back at your content and learn what subjects weigh on your mind the most.
You can also notice if you trend more positively or negatively in your running thoughts overall.
The gains from this method are that you are not forcing an outcome.
Relaxing into the process you can see an honest and transparent reflection of your life that you then can evaluate for yourself.
Prompt Yourself to Express Your Thoughts
Another form of journaling is to use prompts, or introduction statements or questions, that trigger subjects to write about.
You can choose to create your own based on areas you want to attend to more in your life.
Almost like a habit tracker, you may want to capture daily your thoughts on family, work, love life, finances, or health.
You may also want to keep note of your mood, energy levels, or your strength of focus.
There are also an innumerable number of standardized prompts that you can respond to, even journals pre-populated with them. Content may include statements like the ones below.
Find journaling prompts to explore the aspects of your life that you would like to examine closer.
Your investment in certain segments of your life may provide you with greater insight, appreciation, and opportunity for growth.
Get Your Internal Dialogue Out in Front of You
Another fruitful journaling process is to engage in self-dialogue.
How many times have you heard that no one knows you better than you?! Self-dialogue give opportunity to put your self-knowledge to the test.
How do you self-dialogue when journaling?
One way is to write out all your thoughts, emotions, and insights on a subject that are constantly on your mind.
Then write out the questions that you seek to resolve around those subjects.
Are you confused about what to do next?
Or maybe you want to understand why things happened the way they did.
You may question why you made a decision or why someone else did not understand your decision.
No matter the query, once you have written your questions, change your position as if you were listening to the question instead of asking it.
How would you answer the question?
Are there different prospectives to the situation than what you first saw?
Is there another conclusion to a problem than the first one you originally came to?
Can you be unbiased or less emotional in order to give a more objective response?
You may find that by pushing yourself to answer the questions or finding different prospective, new thoughts and emotions emerge.
Some questions may feel impossible to answer but in your daily life you expect others to answer you and be accountable.
Other questions may be practical and realistic, but difficult to respond to well without more information.
Sometimes asking questions only causes more questions, but even this can be a good learning experience.
Go back and forth in dialogue as both the interviewer and the interviewee. Put yourself in the position to see situations from a dual perspective.
Get out of your singular point of view. Open up new ways to resolve what on surface could seem as unsolvable problems.
Learn yourself and your pattern of actions in a completely different way.
Permit yourself to be the guide to your life’s questions through self-dialogue. Build your confidence in solving issues independently.
Take opportunity to gain more trust in yourself to be objective. And regularly explore more comprehensive views regarding your life decisions.
Let What Works Lead You When Journaling
These are just samples of different journal methods you can explore. You can use a single style or allows different methods to blend as you see fit.
Self-dialogue can be interspersed in your free-writing or can be the entirety of your writing style. Journaling prompts may trigger an exploration of self-dialogue depending on the topic.
You may choose to keep a consistent journaling method as means to train your consistency or it can vary daily .
Do not feel confined to stick to a certain structure versus staying consistent with the process overall.
It is much more important that you journal regularly as a means to make the process truly effective.
How you choose to journal is for you to define by what works best for you.
Consider Your Journaling Tools
Part of making journaling consistent can be the method that you capture your thoughts.
Writing is a brilliant way to bring focus to your thoughts. As you motion out each word in your mind through transfer to paper you can experience a deep personal connection.
You can use a notebook, legal pad, or an actual journal.
For some, the look of their journal, its pages, or its color can stimulate the act of writing.
Even the choice of pen can make a difference.
These finer-tuned details all lead to making the process one that you want to come back to again and again.
Not everyone enjoys the exercise of writing and can even experience pain from over-writing.
If this is your case, you may enjoy using a digital journal if you prefer to type instead of write.
When using a digitized version for capturing your thoughts you can use a simple, blank Word document as your canvas.
Additionally, there are online journaling apps like Penzu and Daybook that are specially designed for journaling.
These apps offer a cloud-based option that creates password access to your content but also flexible access from different devices.
You could also choose to bypass using your hands altogether and instead use a speak-to-text app to create your notetaking.
In all cases, you want to create a system that is easy to use and easy to refer back to should you want to re-examine your thoughts at a future time.
The means of capturing your thoughts is not as important as capturing the words themselves.
Your self-expression needs a place to reside that is meaningful and safe for you. Whether spoken, digital or created by hand, you will know what works best.
Reflecting on Your Journaled Thoughts
At some point, you may decide to review your journal entries.
While not a required step, journal entry review can be another means to make the journaling process effective.
When just beginning your writing journey, you may study your last entry right before starting the next one.
It is not uncommon that you frequently journal on similar subjects when you first begin.
However, there can also be advantages to putting space between review periods.
Having intervals of weekly or monthly review can provide an opportunity to allow trends to build and problem-resolution to occur.
Do you have people or events in your life that spark immediate joy?
Are there deep problems that seem to just never get resolved?
Have you developed creative ways to handle your daily life challenges?
You may know yourself better once you are recording your thoughts and reviewing your stories at regular intervals.
Reflecting Can Bring Light to Your Life
So often life happens and we just let it happen.
We unconsciously go through the motions and do not realize our ups and downs, our challenges, or our champion-moments that make up who we are.
Journaling creates an outlet for our thoughts and opinions but also evidence of our diverse and unique life experiences.
Because you know your thoughts, actions, and ideas more, you may use this information to change your life in the future.
After reviewing your entries you may make a plan to intentionally spend more time with certain people or on certain activities that make your life worth living.
You may also highlight areas of opportunity for your own personal growth and learning.
Don’t pressure yourself to make anything happen, however.
Sometimes your journaling will be nothing more than a mental release of chatter in your mind.
And nothing needs to come of it other than to permit the release.
The goal is not to fix you or to capture your every move. Instead, it is simply to develop a healthy self-awareness, a productive mental cleansing, and to reach your defined goals of an effective journaling process.
Journaling is a tool of self-expression that can be most effectively used for mental clarity, internal problem resolution, and improved self-awareness.
You can become effective with your journaling efforts by establishing exactly why journaling is important to you. And equally necessary is noting what you want to gain from the process.
By setting your space, determining what method you want to use, and taking time to review your entries, you can gain the best experience of your journaling practice.
To be effective in journaling, identify your goal, commit to the process, and trust that the expression of your thoughts will help deepen your self-awareness and life experience overall.
The decision to change jobs is not always easy. You may be onboard with not wanting the job you have but how do you really know it’s time for a job change?
One of the hardest parts of making a decision is when you have no idea where to start. A job change can feel like one of those hard decisions.
Choice is an endless burden when the information you need to make a decision is not available.
How do you know what job is right for you?
If you change jobs, how do you know if you won’t have the same problems as before?
When selecting a new job, how will you know if you made the right decision?
Reducing the questions and building confidence in your decision through self evaluation can help to ensure you know whether or not it is time to leave your job.
Am I Making the Right Decision to Change Jobs?
When you are making a job change decision or any decision, it is important to feel connected with your thoughts on the subject.
Taking a moment of self evaluation can go a long way to solidify a sense of certainty and trust within yourself and your decision-making.
Before you evaluate the state of your job, it is important to examine your level of trust in your decision.
Do you trust yourself to make sound decisions?
Are you comfortable with living with the consequence of your decisions?
Do you put more faith in outside opinion than your own internal judgment?
Have you developed a habit of questioning decisions once you have made them or staying in indecision?
If you suffer from some or all of these circumstances then it is important to first address your insecurities within yourself. You may not be able to fully transition your state of mind before you are faced with making a job change decision. But minimally you should acknowledge that fear, lack of trust, or indecision may have an impact on your evaluation of your next best steps.
Knowing when to change jobs is a practical and yet emotional decision and for these reasons should be made with great care.
Let’s examine a few scenarios where a job change may be warranted that can help to further solidify your decision to change your job.
Job Change Scenario #1: A Terrible Company Culture
When you don’t feel good about the environment that you work in it may be due to the company’s culture.
Company culture can include what the business stands for, the common values shared by the employees, or how it treats its employees. Examine if your company may be a bad culture fit for you.
For example, if you believe that business practices are not being handled responsibly, professionally, or ethically, you naturally may want to leave.
Your company may not work with ethical partners, may not follow proper safety rules, or may condone employees speaking or acting unprofessionally with each other.
These types of work environments can make you question your own integrity for working for the company, make you question if you are in a safe environment, or may even make you feel as if you are in a toxic environment.
Other evidence of poor company culture is a lack of response by the business when you express problems with the work environment or business practices.
No business can control every action taken by every person within its walls. But a good company will react quickly, professionally, and with proper sensitivity when things go wrong.
Neglect to complaints or serious infractions of the law, company policy, or professional business conduct can be clear reasons to want a job change. Constant exposure to a poor company culture can be a drain on your energy and may render you in conflict with your personal standards and ethics.
Job Change Tips When Company Culture is Important
When transitioning jobs, company culture can be as important or more important than the work itself. The environment that the business promotes can have a direct impact on your productivity, sense of belonging, and connection with the business.
Take confidence in your decision to move on for these reasons and prepare a plan of action so you do not mistakenly experience the same issues at the next job.
When exploring other job opportunities, look to see what type of culture the business promotes:
Review the company website, job posting, or any other published work to see how it describes its culture, mission, vision, or core values. See the intention behind the company culture the business promotes to have.
Research to see if any customers, vendors, staff, or community members have rendered opinions or reviews about the company using apps and websites like Glassdoor, Indeed, or the Better Business Bureau.
Investigate to see the associations the business has with other business entities, professional associations, and community projects. Where a business invests its resources or donates time to charitable causes can reflect on its priorities.
Above all, use your interview as an opportunity to ask direct questions regarding company culture. Don’t hesitate to ask for real examples of how their values show up on a day-to-day basis. Companies that focus on strong ethics and positive engagement share this openly to gain the attention of future employees with similar values.
Finding and evaluating a company to have strong business ethics and conduct can help to build your confidence with making your job change decision.
Job Change Scenario #2: Limited Access to Professional Growth
Another potential poor company fit is when the company or your boss does not focus on professional development.
Professional development neglect can take the form of:
Limited options for position advancement due to the business structure, lack of systems, or lack of leadership support
No means to increase compensation, benefits, or other retention incentives to support independent development investment
Lack of focus or financial support on continued education, training, or other professional development
When broadening your skills or furthering your career is important to you but is not important to your business then it may be time to find a company aligned with your priorities.
While you are always in the position to manifest your own growth opportunities, you cannot live to your fullest potential if you feel hindered from being your best by your current job. Your job change reason may solely be to find a company that aligns with your long-term career goals.
Professional Development Tips
Companies who prioritize investment in their staff are often proud to share it.
Professional development is not a requirement of any business but many offer options to be competitive and as part of their culture. Examples include:
Education sponsorship or course reimbursement
On-the-job training, mentorship, or coaching
Flexible work schedules to accommodate attending in-person classes, exams, or studying needs
Leadership or vocational development programs, including on-and off-site assignments, multi-year programs, and rotation programs
Interviewing with Professional Development in Mind
When professional development is a priority, be sure to examine this closely in your future interview process.
Ask questions not only about what programs exist but eligibility requirements
Share what you intend as the plan for your future and see how a new company is structured to support your plan
Learn the number and types of options, particularly as you continue your career path with the company over time. Some opportunities are only available after you have had some tenure.
Be mindful that professional development opportunities and the long-term vision related to this subject may be different based on the size of the company. Therefore tailor your questions according to what is reasonable to expect for the size and scope of the business and the role to which you are applying.
Discussing professional development during an interview can feel uncomfortable at times. Some business representatives may get nervous that you are more interested in what is ahead versus the job available now. Always balance your discussion with how you will fulfill the immediate needs of the business.
It is important that you project interest in the role available as well as long-term opportunities to invest in your career growth with the company. When you can align on both the current job opportunity and your future ambitions, you and the company can feel more confident in working together.
Job Change Scenario #3: Toxic Work Environment
Another reason for a job change is when your relationship with the company has been tarnished in some way.
Maybe you have had some type of stigma or bias against you. Maybe you feel disconnected or feel wronged by your boss, department, leadership, or company practices.
Poor business relationships can create a toxic work environment filled with targeting, harassment, micro-managing, and gaslighting. None of these behaviors are healthy for work or your mental health and well-being.
When a toxic environment exists and reporting it does not resolve the issue or you feel it would make things worse, it’s time to find a new company and create a clean slate for yourself.
Examine further, however, if you are ready for that move.
Self Evaluating After Exposure to a Toxic Work Environment
Extended time in a toxic work environment can have negative effects on your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. And while it is a valid reason to leave a job, the reality is that you may not be in the best condition to search and interview for a new job.
Be mindful that working in a toxic environment for a length of time can create different patterns in your behavior. You may have become overly suspicious, watchful, and sensitive to others’ words or actions.
You may not currently be in your best state of mind and this imbalance can travel with you to a new job. Be aware of how past feelings of distrust may impact your ability to transition to an unfamiliar environment.
Examine through others the level of impact on your person that you may not recognize. Connect with family, friends, and possibly a therapist to work through the emotional scarring that may have occurred.
While working in a stressed environment can be taxing, starting a new job in a new environment carries its own level of stress.
Take time to evaluate whether or not starting a new endeavor helps or hurts your situation at this time.
If you have the financial stability to do so, you may want to take a break between jobs to get yourself emotionally readied for your path ahead.
With timing, self care, and preparedness in mind, when you have experienced a toxic work environment at your current job, it likely imperative to start your plan to make a job change.
Toxic Work Environment Transition Tips
Working in a toxic work environment can bring to the surface many thoughts and emotions that simply are not positive. While valid for your current job, it is important to transition your state of mind to a positive outlook for your future position.
Most employers are searching for a person capable to do the job that they have available AND a person who is happy and excited to take on the new opportunity.
Considering these steps when making your transition:
Set the proper energy and focus for your interview. Place your attention on the positive aspects of the new opportunity and speak neutrally about your old job. Never slander or recount negative experiences but instead focus on any learnings you may have gained from your past experience. Always be professional as your goal is to represent your best self.
Learn about the onboarding process and specifically how new hires are integrated within your department or with others. See if the new business has systems in place to foster positive relationships and an overall collaborative working environment
Talk to your direct manager about their leadership style, expectations they have around performance, and how they define a winning team. Understanding your potential manager’s way of leading can help you determine if you will be compatible in the future.
Ask whether or not a tour of the working environment is possible or if you can speak with an experienced team member. Gaining first-hand knowledge of the business will allow you more direct exposure to the relationships that already exist and the general tone of the environment as a whole.
Take special effort to find a company that represents the way you want to be treated and feel confident that your job change is the right decision.
BonusJob Change Scenario: I Just Don’t Like My Current Job
It may seem like it’s not enough, but it is possible to simply not like your current job. There is no reason to feel that you have to justify your reason any more than confirming confidently to yourself how you feel.
When you feel a disconnect with your current job, it is important to pay attention to the signs. Work is more than where you earn money or get trained for developing your skills. It also is a significant part of your daily life and contributes to your total well-being in life.
Choosing a job that you enjoy in addition to it satisfying your basic needs is possible and can make you more balanced in your life overall.
That said, if you enjoy your work but do not like the specific job then your next steps are to create your exit plan. When developing your plan do your best to identify what you didn’t like in your last experience so you do not recreate it in your future!
And, don’t worry, no matter the reason that you elect to leave your job these tips can still be applied.
Exit Plan Tips
Make a firm decision to move forward with leaving your job. If you need a little encouragement, read my article on The Best Affirmations for Confidence When Quitting Your Job. In addition to providing empowering words, this post reviews the self-affirming steps of validating your decision to yourself.
Develop a job search plan for your new job. This ideally will include the work you prefer to do, the opposite experience of what you have at your current job, and what key elements are part of your ideal or dream job. If looking for more inspiration for your preparation read How to Get the Job You Really Want for more ideas.
Prepare an updated resume. This is a critical step as your resume is many times the first impression your new job will have of you. If you are not familiar with creating a resume, it may be better to get help from family, or friends, or to hire a professional. Even if you prepare one yourself, always have another person proofread your end result. If you need assistance with creating your update, take a look at my Tools for the Best Resume Rebuild Ever.
Get interview ready. In addition to the recommendations outlined within this post, be sure to have any important interview questions prepared and written down. Ensure your clothing, transportation, and state of mind are ready so that you can create the best impression. Most of all, remember that an interview includes you. Always ensure that you are observant of the impression you receive from the business. Because you are evaluating them as much as they are evaluating you.
A job change may be a difficult decision. Learning what has motivated this decision within you can help to define if this change is right for you.
It is important to know what may be wrong with the job you have. But it is more important to know yourself and what you need in your career and job environment to be your best in any business environment.
Take time to consider your options, define your desires, and then prepare your next steps toward the right job change for you.
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Creating life balance is the key to living a better life.
It is energizing to live each day in flow. And it is empowering to feel that no matter what comes there is comfort that awaits you. Knowing that you are in balance gives both a sense of relaxation and excited anticipation to any day.
However, imbalance is also a part of life. At times it can seem like the only part of life that you are living.
The days strung together when it feels that nothing is in flow. The moments when nothing goes as planned and the worst scenario seems to just keep showing up. These are the times when you just want the day to stop and start over.
Feel empowered to know that you don’t have to remove the experience of imbalance to have a good life.
You couldn’t even if you wanted to. But that’s okay. Make peace with your times of imbalance and learn ways to regain balance once it has been lost.
Take a look at these 7 ways of creating life balance when imbalance has become way too much of your life.
1. Give Yourself Grace
Giving yourself grace is permitting yourself to simply be human when things fall apart. Be angry, cry, feel defeated, and frustrated. It’s human to feel bad when it seems like everything could get no worse.
Sometimes the fastest way to regain balance is to release trying to have it. (Yes, you read that right).
Pause in your discomfort and honor that your emotions exist and feel them. Even when it feels the worst try to accept your feelings instead of pushing them away.
Beyond the hurt, what do your emotions tell you?
Are you disappointed in yourself for not trying harder?
Did someone you love betray your trust?
Have you given up on trying because you fear failure too much?
Do you criticize yourself more than loving yourself out of habit?
Acknowledge where you are. Give yourself grace for getting there. And learn what you can from the experience.
Developing a habit of pause and reflection in the midst of imbalance and emotional disarray permits you to build the muscle of self awareness. It is from here that you can move forward with purpose and direction.
How does self awareness help with creating life balance?
Self awareness gives space to experience your thoughts and emotions and examine your personal interpretation of them. You can give yourself time to answer the simple questions of “what do I feel” and “why?”
In absence of taking this reflective moment, you can become lost in your emotion and directionless in your actions solely inspired by your discomfort. This aimless movement can create even more painful imbalance.
In these moments you can
turn on yourself simply for being in a poor emotional state
frantically spin your wheels trying to blindly fix everything that’s wrong
blame others for your emotional state and blast others for their wrongdoings
become hopeless and wayward with no understanding of how to stop your pain
All of these conclusions come sweeping in when all of your energy is placed on removing your pain and not learning from it. You want your world back in control now!
Grace is accepting when everything is out of control it is time to stop trying to control it and just let all things be. In this way, you begin healing for yourself, acceptance of everything around you, and creating balance.
2. Invoke the Power of Positive Self Talk
Words are powerful. Therefore, there is good reason to choose your words wisely or suffer the consequence of self-created imbalance.
As if a mantra, you can at times repeat over and over again all the negatives about yourself or your experiences.
This is a horrible day.
Why is everything going wrong?
Here we go again!
I’m an idiot.
I can make a mess of everything!!!
The list of imbalanced words and phrases has no end and so with it no end to the problems that come with it. The words that we repeat become the reality that we live. When we speak negativity to ourselves then a moment of discomfort can become a full day of regret.
In the midst of imbalance, you may not be able to change what you are facing. But you can change the words you say, think, or repeat.
Choose to soothe yourself instead of aggravating your frazzled nerves more. Start small but purposefully. Try affirming to yourself,
“it will be okay” or,
“I know I am doing my best”, or
“it can only get better from here”
Be creative with your means for creating life balance through your words by singing a song that you enjoy or reciting a prayer or poem that brings you peace.
Choose words with emotions that represent where you want to be even if you feel very different in the present. Affirm the balance that you aspire to experience.
10 Positive Affirmations for Creating Life Balance
I know that as things get better and I will get happier and happier
Tomorrow is a new day and I can’t wait to wake up to a good morning
I am thankful for every peaceful and relaxing experience I have ever had
I am grateful for the calm I give my mind through focus
I appreciate feelings of relief and conclusion
I embrace the all experiences that life brings
Every day that I am I have another opportunity to just be
I am proud of myself because I try
I love myself and all that I am
I create balance in my life and am grateful to myself for doing it
Say the words that you need to hear to become the balance you need to have.
3. Champion Your Own Chivalry
To take care of another before oneself is only one form of chivalry. Do not hesitate to become the champion of courtesy and honor for yourself.
Put a gallant effort toward defending your right to peace when imbalance has seemingly taken over your life. You can be your own knight in shining armor. Take the necessary actions to smite the sources of the imbalance that confront you.
Make choices that honor your personal needs for importance, priority, andself-care. And be proud to take life balance as a reward.
Chivalrous actions you may take for yourself can include:
Leaving work early whenever the day permits it
Deciding not to answer a phone call to reduce your distractions
Escaping for a private moment within your work day by getting water, taking a walk, or even going to the bathroom
So often we deny ourselves simple courtesies in exchange for pleasing others or satisfying imbalanced expectations of ourselves.
Make decisions that serve you and become an ambassador of your sanctity and sanity. When life becomes too much it is okay to pause what you can so that you are in a better place to handle what comes.
Be chivalrous to yourself regularly and you may thwart many occasions of imbalance on the horizon.
4. Relax and Replenish Your System
Within the most basic human functions lays the most critical of needs, replenishment.
Rest, relaxation, and sleep each serves to provide replenishment to the body. Replenishment of the body secures a foundation whereby you are in the best condition to perform at your highest capacity.
The pressures, stresses, and frustrations of the day are regular occurrences that place a demand upon your physical and mental disposition. Replenishment is a defense against these attacks on your balance and provides you the strength to carry on.
When feeling imbalanced examine your rest, relaxation, and sleep schedule, and if poor, address it immediately and with urgency.
At home, it may be your bedroom or a spare room where you find your quiet place of peace from the world.
Dedicate any small corner to include symbols or images of calm that are meaningful to you. A small candle or a place to burn fragrant incense can be enough. A beautiful bouquet of flowers can touch your spirit and invoke a recall to balance.
Visiting your sacred space or creating one for the first time can represent giving to yourself. This gift of balance can be critical when it feels like the whole world is only taking. Display items that have a special meaning that provide a sense of grounding and control in an otherwise chaotic existence.
Imbalance can seem to walk with you no matter where you go. But creating a space for peace can allow you to release your burdens and step into balance when needed.
6. Connect with Nature
No matter the season or time of day, it may be a perfect opportunity to step into nature when you feel that imbalance abounds. There is almost always an opportunity to experience nature if you choose to prioritize the experience.
When the walls feel as if they are closing in and the place you stand feels unstable, turn your sights to your nearest window or open door.
Close your eyes and take a deep breath allowing fresh air to fill your lungs and graze across your body
Take a walk and focus your attention on every planted step as you feel the surety of solid ground supporting your stride
Look to the sky and embrace the beauty, expansiveness, and freedom of a never-ending horizon
Nature represents simplicity but also manifests itself in substantial ways representing the eternal access to balance in life.
How can nature help when creating life balance?
When creating life balance we can look to engage with nature and claim our place with its natural harmony:
Watch the movement of life around you. Birds in the trees, squirrels running across the ground, people bustling to their destinations all represent the beauty of intersected life around you.
Allow your skin to feel the rays of the sun or the coolness of raindrops on a cloudy day. The connection between you and the elements is a reminder of your union with the world.
Take in the fragrance of sweet flowers in the spring, freshly mowed grass in the summer, or falling leaves from majestic trees carried in the wind on a fall day. Allow the subtleties of life to show how easily calm can seep into your day.
Go out and experience the abundance of eternal balance that surrounds you. And reassure yourself that your personal balance is only steps away at any moment.
7. Find Your Tribe
There is no rule that your road to balance must be traveled alone. So when you find yourself in the thrusts of imbalance make use of your resources.
When you are fortunate enough to have special people in your life, trust in the strength of your relationship that they will want to support you.
Loyal companions who always have a positive disposition and a helping hand to lend are a treasure. Good people with good dispositions are great resources to have.
When your path has gotten too dim for you to find your way home alone, a good friend will act as a lighthouse across your dark sea and guide you back to balance.
Remember also, you may not always have access to live support every time you need it. Late-night hours, travel, or just life can make it hard to connect with family and friends at times.
So it is important to also build a tribe of indirect connections and support to guide your journey towards balance.
These resources can come in the form of musicians, artists, writers, podcasters, YouTubers, bloggers, and more. At a moment’s notice, no matter the time day or night, you can tap into their message and be transported to a better place.
Listen to music. Create playlists designed to lift your spirits when needed
Read a book or your favorite highlighted passage
Watch a motivational video or a heartwarming movie
Learn from an online educator a new way to ease your stress or bring order to your life
Your favorite artists, creators, and entertainers can be your lifeline in bad times.
Curate your tribe with care and reap the rewards of partnered effort towards balance. Invest in creating your team for balance and see the fruits of your labor flourish with positive connections and peace.
While imbalance is a part of life, and not always an enjoyable part, balance also exists.
The path of moving from the discomfort of imbalance to creating life balance can be challenging but achievable. Find comfort in knowing that any struggle is only temporary by nature.
The keys to creating life balance are to accept your imbalance, learn from it, and use your learning to choose the best path ahead. Ready your tools and resources so you can gain the support you require on your path and feel empowered on your life journey always.
Take command of your ability to create balance in your life. And know that no amount of imbalance can keep you from living the quality of life you choose to live. When you prepare ahead for the imbalance you know to come, you can be in the best position to bring yourself back to the balance that keeps you whole.
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