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We let our knowledge and experiences of the past project into our future, by making concrete predictions that this or that cannot happen due to what happened in the past.
But life is constantly changing, flowing like a river, and does not follow past patterns.
This is a mental state where, as a result of a certain bad experience, we believe that we can’t do anything about a certain problem.
We can start to feel helpless when we see people fail in a certain plan, and this could start acting as a negative motivation in our minds.
Move out of the fixed mindset, where you are stuck in inaction, towards a growth mindset.
In a growth mindset, you see obstacles as steps to success and everything seems to have a solution.
It is a mental surrender towards the unfavourable or stressful situations that happen repeatedly. A person who has ‘learned’ to be helpless observes the bad event or circumstance and feels that there is nothing that can be done.
It is found in both humans and animals and was discovered in 1967 in a bizarre psychological experiment using electric shocks on dogs.
You have no control over things like the place you were born, your biological sex, the situation of your family or your skin color. These things will obviously impact your life in major ways.
But while you may not be to blame for your situation, you are always responsible for figuring out how to deal with your situation.
Losing a job and being unemployed impact your mood, affect how you look for work and your chances of success. It is important to understand the emotional and psychological factors that could be hindering your efforts.
But this moment gives you an opportunity to consider the bigger picture. Do you see yourself having a long-term career in your current industry? To improve your prospects, you could learn a new skill that will likely be in demand going forward. You may have to go back to college or get training.