NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Q: Unfortunately, some new work opportunities, which I expected to develop over this past year, haven't really transpired. My finances are suffering and I feel as if my entire future has become a gigantic question mark. I've never been one to feel overwhelmed, ever, but lately I feel stuck. How can I get myself to think differently about my situation?A: First, stop trying to define your year. Although your anxieties about money are valid, you will not improve your situation by projecting future financial hardships.
Seek patience. There's always another new professional opportunity: Remaining calm and working in a step-by-step fashion is your best strategy.
Find positivity. Living in negativity affects everything that surrounds you. Like a toxin, negativity is radioactive; it touches everyone and everything around it.
Have confidence. Stop convincing yourself that you will not reach your goals. Your thoughts shape your reality.