"We have nothing to fear but fear itself."
– Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
The turmoil from recent global economic instability has spawned a media frenzy which has all but crippled the masses with fear and panic. How can we put fear behind us in these turbulent times and take back control of our lives?
Perhaps its time to reflect on the things we can be truly grateful for in life and focus on our dreams instead of the mass hysteria that the media is fueling. I’d like to propose a POWER WEEK focusing intensely on your goals and dreams with a significant scaling down of news broadcasts you watch and listen to.
While there’s no denying the uncertain global economic climate, whatever we focus on expands. And for many of us, the media serves as our focusing lens. The problem is that the lens is focused longer and more often on the problem rather than the solution – to the point of such intensity that it burns a metaphoric hole in the collective heart of society.
Why not reclaim that power by focusing your time and energy on how to achieve your dreams?
I’m not advocating tuning out of all news and becoming indifferent to the problems of the world. I’m just recommending turning down the volume of doom and gloom and turning up the volume of the desired outcomes you want out of life.
You can ‘turn down the volume’ by significantly reducing the amount of time you spend watching and listening to the news on TV and radio. Consider subscribing to a news feed customized to your preferences that delivers the news via email. This way you can scan the important news quickly without having to spend hours getting emotionally carried away by some news broadcaster telling you how bad the economy is.
Likewise, use your commute time wisely. Why not get an 'education on wheels' listening to educational audio programs or audio books instead of the repeat news flashes that are often so negative?
The constant negativity in the news can make the bright imagery of our dreams fade away into dull grays. To ‘turn up the volume’ of your dreams, intensify the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, feelings, and colors as you visualize yourself every morning and evening doing what you’ve always dreamed of doing – as if it were happening right now.
During your POWER WEEK, I’d like to suggest getting up every morning and writing down your most important goal (in the present tense as if you are already enjoying it) at least 7 to 10 times with focus and concentration. Repeat this goal out loud 7 to 10 times with passion and enthusiasm.
You may wish to write this goal down on a small card that you can look at throughout the day. I also recommend spending a few minutes in the shower every morning to reflect on everything you have to be grateful for in life and ‘bathing’ in these good feelings to power up your day.
The point is to use whatever personal growth methods you feel most comfortable with to make this your best POWER WEEK ever!
To your prosperity and success!
Writer, Consultant, Author of Psychology of the Hero Soul
An inspirational leadership book on awakening the hero within
(As mentioned in Reader's Digest, USA Today, Toronto Sun)