Chitra Jha | Oct 27, 2008
‚ÄòFear‚Äô seems to be the predominant vibration of the day. If it is not the fear of spiralling inflation, then it is the fear of stock market going down. If that is not your issue then it is the burning trains, and exploding bombs that put the scare in you. Wherever one goes the talk revolves around the slump in business, job cuts, salary cuts, unemployment, and loss in investments. Suddenly the booming economy of yesterday seems like a distant dream. People are uncertain of the future.
It all started with the Wall Street collapse. The falling down of the giants like a ‚Äòhouse of cards‚Äô put the scare in people. Then the Jet lay-offs triggered some more panic. The talk of recession and economic downfall is commonplace now. In times like this it is difficult to focus on prosperity and abundance; but people like us who believe in the Law of Attraction know better. We are aware that what you focus on grows. There are many phrases to understand this, such as ‚Äòlike attracts like‚Äô or ‚Äòbirds of a feather flock together‚Äô.
Now if we actually understand this, then we also understand what to focus upon. Should our focus be on the current ‚Äòbreaking news‚Äô, the doom and gloom stories that the 24×7 news channels love to broadcast? Should we focus upon the impending recession or the recent bailouts?
If we take a look at the history of civilization, we realize that the world has gone through good economic times and bad economic times time and again. At any time, whether in a booming economy, or during the days of great depression, there have been both rich people and people below poverty line. During both bear and bull markets there are people who make money and people who lose money. Business empires have been created and lost in any phase of economy. Why does this happen? What is the deciding factor?
At any time in the history of the world, prosperity has always depended upon an individual‚Äôs mindset. Look at your attitude, your outlook, your approach to life, your way of thinking, and your state of mind? Observe your thoughts and your words. What is your mindset at this moment? Do you watch the news and read the newspaper with great apprehension? Do you invest your time and energy in discussing all the downturns of the economy? Pay attention to your conversations with your family, friends and colleagues at work? Does your talk centre upon how bad things are and how bad they are going to be? Are you afraid of losing your job, and your savings? Are you investing in fear? Do you remember that what you focus on grows?
The choice lies with you. If you focus upon fear, lack, and impending doom, you will start seeing it all around you. Your fears will manifest in every situation of your life. In fact the more you focus upon it, the more you will notice it. Eventually this will lead to depression. You will end up suffering not only financially but physically, mentally, and emotionally as well. Is it worth it? Does it seem like the right way to live life? Think about it.
So what is the solution? What can you do to avoid being caught in this trap? Let us handle first things first. Please switch that television set off. Stop watching and reading about all the predicted doom and gloom. You think I have gone crazy. I am advising you to bury your head in the sand, while you need to be more informed now than ever before. Sure, you need to be informed. So get the information; but being informed and ‚Äòinvolved‚Äô in the gloom are two different things. Think about it with a cool mind. What is media trying to do? Get more business for itself, of course! Any one can see through their game? Why don‚Äôt you?
Media is making money from the fear that you are investing in. Yes, they are the ones reaping dividends on your investment. The more people watch TV or read newspaper, the more advertisements they get. Their ratings go up. They do not have your best interest at heart. And why should they think about you, when you yourself are not thinking about your welfare? You are happily (not so happily actually) falling into their trap.
Now after switching off your television set, start focusing on all that you have. Do you have a family? Are there people who love you and care about you? Do you have a home? Do you have work to go to? What about your talents and your passions? How about your breath; you are breathing, aren‚Äôt you? So, now is the time to focus upon all that you do have in your life at this moment. Focus upon these in an attitude of gratitude. Be thankful for everything.
Even if you are in a very bad situation, you can still change your perspective about it and find something to be grateful about. Have you heard the story of Viktor Frankl, a holocaust survivor? Even in the Nazi concentration camps, he refused to focus on his despairing situation. He saw a flower growing in the mud and he kept his focus on the flower, not the mud. This change of perspective helped him survive the worst human nightmare. What is your challenge in comparison to his?
I hear people talking about hoarding money and goods. But that is the worst possible thing to do. Hoarding clogs up the flow. It stops the ‚Äòcurrent‚Äô of the currency, thus stopping the flow of energy. Instead, be frugal in your spending, save some money and make wise investments. This advice is a good practice under all economic circumstances.
Finally, your attitude is all that makes a difference in your life. Ask yourself, are you focusing on the flower or on the mud? Keep an open and positive mindset, and do not invest in fear.
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