Smith and I are currently looking for a full time job - or should I say, I am looking for a job and Smith is providing moral support. Job searching is challenging. You can overanalyze and over think it to death. Is my resume up to date? What does my portfolio look like? Is my website good enough? Am I representing myself accurately in my personal brand? Am I doing enough social media marketing? Am I doing too much or not enough at all?
All of these questions can lead to a lot of insecurity. I recently read a wonderful book called Taming Your Gremlin by Rick Carson. The gremlin is the monster in your head that fills you with self doubt and robs you of personal glory - if you choose to let them. The gremlin loves the idea of having you lead you life based on assumptions. We assume that we should be doing this or that we aren’t good enough to do something. My gremlin has made a cameo on multiple occasions in my job search telling me “You can’t do that job!” or “You think you are qualified enough?” My favorite is “Why would you contact that person, they don’t want to help you?” If I let this voice get to me I would never get anywhere. I would be stuck and majorly depressed. However, I am learning to tame my gremlin by simply noticing he is there, choose and play with my options, and be in the process. I also have to remember to breathe.
The art of taming my gremlin is one I will strive to master. It will be a battle, but hey doesn’t that make life interesting? But by simply noticing my gremlin, I am making a change. I know by putting out to the universe that I want a job, I will do the work and make getting the right job for me happen.
Smith is putting it out there too. He require nap time, snack time, and play time!
“Life might be one damn thing after another, but it does not have to be the same damn thing over and over again.” - Rick Carson, Taming Your Gremlin.
all pictures in this post were taken with my iphone 4s using the Hipstamatic app.