Are you unemployed and struggling to get back on the market? Are you a victim of an unexpected layoff? I’m here to help with some key mindset shifts to help you manifest new opportunities.

First things first, ask yourself: how are you viewing this next step in your career? Are you excited and motivated or are you feeling negative about the job market, your skills, and your potential opportunities?

If there’s a little voice inside your head telling you to doubt yourself or your future career, acknowledge it. This is a toxic habit to get into and it’s time to eliminate it right now. When it comes to your mindset, things like self-doubt or low confidence levels can prevent you from achieving true success.

Here are three steps to help you get out of your own way:

1. Reflect on your past experiences.

This is key to letting go, moving on, and embracing success. A great strategy that I tell my clients is to write a letter that you’re not going to send. Address it to your former employer and write about how you feel. Share your true emotions on paper with the knowledge that no one is going to read them.

When you’re done getting all the sadness, frustration, and anger out, thank them for the opportunity you had and talk about what you’re grateful for. Don’t let yourself forget the amazing things you’ve done in your past role just because you’re not able to move on right now.

2. Understand your present state.

This goes back to what we discussed about your mindset. Being unemployed is a great time to take an emotional inventory. Ask yourself how you’re really feeling, and if the answer is sad, defeated, or like a loser, pose the following question to yourself: what can you do right now to make yourself happy?

For example, telling yourself that you can feel happy because you have a supportive family who always has your back no matter what is a great way to boost your present state.

3. Develop your future vision.

The time is now to solidify exactly what it is you want out of life. To do this, take stock of your past experiences and really examine if doing more of that will make you happy.

I recommend creating a vision board, which is a visual manifestation of your goals. Get a cork board, put it up above your desk at home, and start putting pictures on it that will constantly remind you of where you want to go in life.

Do you want to know more about key mindset strategies to help you jump-start your job search? Check out my full webinar with Personal Development Expert and four-time author, Ryan Coehlo!