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Self 2: All in the Mind.

The mind is a very powerful thing. People may not understand how much your mindset affects the physical world around you but I’ll share a short (hopefully, because y’all know I talk too much) story on how important a steady and positive mindset is.

I started working at a call center last year October, pretty sure I’ve mentioned that in one of my earlier posts. The first two months of working there has been the most stressful thing since men and that was the first time I’ve ever gotten a string of intense anxiety attacks like that in my life. I wanted to quit. And fast. But I really couldn’t because I had no surety of getting another job as quickly as I had gotten that one. So I took deep breaths, practiced saying mantras like “Get this money Antoria. Focus on the money Antoria.” and I pushed through. Needless to say, things were going really great after I made a tremendous paradigm shift with my mindset. I started making new friends, the workload was a lot easier (the stress factor was still present, mind you) but things were easier. Lighter. But like all great stories, there gon’ be some conflict. In the 2nd week of January, I lost my job. I won’t go into the gory details of how I lost it, but I did. That month I was working hard towards earning my monthly $1000 bonus by displaying exceptional customer service on all my calls. So you could only imagine how devastated I was when I lost my job (due to no fault of mine btw.) I was extremely sad. I cried for about 3 days after my boss sent me home and I was just home sulking, doing absolutely nothing with my life. One night though, I said to myself that I won’t let this keep me back. The next morning, I’d update my resume and send out more resumes like crazy, I said to myself. And so I did. Along with the help of some great friends of mine (invest in some great friends people). This is when the story gets juicy. I had just finished exercising and I was about to shower. Please note that during my whole job search journey, I always had my phone off silent just so I wouldn’t miss a call. BUT OF COURSE, I had my phone on silent this time and when I got back from the shower, I saw that I had a missed call. It looked like a business number and immediately my heart sank. “I just missed an interview call. They’re definitely not gonna call me back. Sigh.” was practically the thought that was going around in my mind. But I didn’t let it get to me. I still had hope that something was going to work out. And it did. The next day, I got a call from one of my co-workers telling me that my old job was trying to reach me because they wanted me to come back. I was SHOOK and I literally thought it was a mistake. Like uh… Didn’t y’all just FIRE me? It wasn’t a mistake. I did get my job back, with A WHOOOOOOOOLE PROMOTION and A PAID VACATION (let’s call it a vacation *sunglasses emoji*). And to top it all off… I got rewarded for all my hard work in January last week. Guys… I couldn’t have been happier.

So with all that being said, I want you to take away one thing from all of this. Shit is gonna happen. It always does. You are not exempt from it. But once you maintain a positive mindset in the midst of the mess, trust me. EVERYTHING is going to work out. So I urge you to practice on maintaining a positive mindset this year in every situation. I have faith in you. You can do this.

 

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