This is the fifth of a six-part series that will highlight 6 things you can do, right now, to make your job search much, much more effective. If you've been struggling with a marginal-at-best job search for a while, it's time. If you're just setting off on your job search path? It's time. Here we have it... Mambo, No. 5.
(How can she possibly suggest I think about that crazy diet and fitness dude at a time like this??)
You there, friend? You at that spot where food is one of the single greatest pleasures in your overly stressful life?
You eating carbs and sugar like there's no tomorrow because it gives you comfort as you eat them?
You drinking a little (or a lot) more than usual because you know you don't have to wake up tomorrow, and it makes you forget about what a pain in the rear job search can be?
You buying super cheap processed foods and foregoing the gym membership as means to conserve cash?
If you are, I don't blame you. Stressful times often breed total crap diets and non-existent workout routines.
Unfortunately? This works against you. Way, way against you.
Garbage in, garbage out.
This is not a platitude, it's truth.
Jack LaLanne got it.
The man most of us know as the Godfather of Fitness was actually hooked on junk food and sugar in his youth. He felt crappy most of the time. But upon hearing a presentation one day about the importance of diet and exercise? He decided to do a 180.
Jack lived until age 96, and will be remembered among the most influential business people of all time. He did not accomplish all that he did with a Hostess Ding-Dong hanging out of his mouth.
If you're scrambling to land your dream job, or hell... a jobright now? You need to fuel yourself through this journey. You need your body working for you, not against you.
You need to put the 7-eleven Big Bite down now and add non-processed, protein-rich foods into your diet. You need to move your body, in some small way, every single day.
If funds are tight, which they very well may be, commit yourself to learning how to fuel yourself well on a shoestring (think "shop the grocery store circular every week" and "only idiots refuse to clip coupons.")
Replace the expensive gym membership with a good pair of walking or running shoes and get your ass out the door every morning before you sit down for the search.
Limit your alcohol intake. (This, btw, will immediately free up some funds for things like broccoli and fish. I know you know this.)
You can either let this job search drive you nuts, or you can become a nut. A health nut. And stack the cards in your favor.
Which sounds better to you right now?
You ready to go full-on and land the job you truly want and deserve? Then stop flailing, and start planning. I can help you. On April 4, I will launch a new ebook,To Whom it May Concern: Or, How to Stop Sucking at Your Job Search. Consider it your job search BFF, all rolled into one tidy and affordable ebook. It'll walk you step-by-step through the process of calming down, crafting a game plan, and then executing a job search strategy that will actually work in today's crapola economy. If you're interested, be sure and sign up for the To Whom it May Concern mailing list. I'll be offering all of my subscriber peeps a hearty discount on the goods during a pre-launch, which will go down in just a couple of weeks. See you over there!