Looking for your next job while looking in the rear-view mirror of your mind is not recommended. And, unless you’re actually driving a car in reverse, don’t spend time and energy looking at what’s behind you.
I have talked with a number of job seekers who just can’t seem to put their mental rear-view mirror away for good. They keep glancing (or sometimes get fixated) on the past – what really happened that caused them to be out of a job, and who is to blame. This behavior can continue sometimes for days, weeks, months or even years.
Fact A: Trying to forget the past is not humanly possible, particularly a life event as significant as a job loss.
Fact B: Dwelling on the past related to a job disappointment or a perceived wrong will often breed resentment, which eats out from within. One person has said, “Living with resentment is like taking poison and expecting the other guy to get sick.”
Sure, it’s good to look back on your past experience and accomplishments as a means to springboard to a new job. But, avoid the temptation to keep checking your rear-view mirror to see what you may have missed.
Instead, turn your head around a full 180 degrees to appreciate the panoramic view of the potential opportunities ahead – your own future.
While Paul was in prison enduring exceptional suffering, he wrote these words to the members of the Philippian church, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” (Philippians 3:13, NKJV)
Paul would certainly have been justified in resenting his dire circumstances and the injustice that was carried out by others to confine him to a prison cell. Yet, he used that opportunity, not to relive the past in his mind, but to encourage others on the road ahead.
Whether it’s the beginning of a new year or a simply the beginning of a new day in your life, commit yourself (through the grace and power of Jesus Christ) to look forward with anticipation to the opportunities that will come your way during in this very day and the days ahead.
Ask God to remove the “rear-view mirror” from your job search process. Ask Him, and allow Him, to heal your emotional pain and refresh your soul. God wants you to move forward. Start today.
By Keith Lundquist
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