This my favorite time of the year…I get spring fever and want to be outside….which is why I work from home and have the freedom to come and go as I please. The colors the smells, the magnificence of God’s creation.
..they can turn the tide of a negative mood or emotion and leave you with a grateful heart.
A fantastic article by my friend Steve Clark of New School Selling.
The world is full of pessimists…I choose to limit my exposure to people with negative outlooks. I know I have invested to much time with them if I feel my energy leeching away and and I want to do a exit spin. Your life can be whatever you design it to be. Design a masterpiece with you as the painter.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is fair, whatever is pure, whatever is acceptable, whatever is commendable, if there is anything of excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy-keep thinking about these things. Philippians 4:8
You Have a Choice
Is your glass half full or is it half empty? Are you optimistic and hopeful about the future or are you fearful and full or doom and gloom?
If you believe the news media the world is going to hell in a hand basket. Not true. Yes things are difficult but we have been here before. In the late 70’s and early 80’s there was double digit interest rates, unemployment and runaway inflation but personal income, as adjusted for inflation is up 20% since the 1960s.
Why All the Pessimism?
In order to understand what is going on you have to take a really hard look at who the purveyors of negativity are and then drill down to understand their agenda. Without a doubt the purveyors of negativity are the media – both electronic and print. The volume of their message and the size of their audience make it easy for them to influence, persuade and downright “brainwash” the uneducated, intellectually lazy, mass of humanity.
When one drills down on the stories that appear on the nightly news and the front pages of morning newspapers there is an unmistakable trend and it is all negative. Why the negative you might ask.
The simple answer is that negative news sells newspapers and network airtime. And newspapers and networks make their money from advertising. The more viewers or readers the more the cost of the advertising space. The media knows all too well that the best way to drawn a crowd is to promote negative by showing natural disasters of epic proportion, gruesome murders, rapes, kidnappings, celebrity misfortunes, etc.
Politicians of all stripes know, just as well, that when people are stirred up and fearful they are more easily manipulated and controlled. For an example of this, I refer you to the hysteria surrounding TARP 1 and the ensuing rush to action by Congress. Paulson and Bush succeeded in hoodwinking Congress that 700 billion dollars needed to be given to the banks immediately even though there was no plan or accountability in place about how they would spend it. The politicians got out politicked.
Promoting fear allows politicians to capitalize by promoting themselves as some sort of hero with a magic solution to a multitude of societal ills – can you say Obama. It is the oldest psychological trick in the book and yet people still fall for it. All of this is very carefully controlled and orchestrated. If you think otherwise you are indeed naïve.
You can choose fear or you can choose hope.
Warren Buffett chooses hope.
“Fear is very contagious. You can get fearful in 5 minutes, but you don’t get confident in 5 minutes.” – Warren Buffett said on CNBC, Monday, March 9, 2009
CNBC: “We’ve been getting thousands and thousands of emails from our viewers. Warren, we’d like to start with one that echoes a theme we heard again and again. This one comes from Terry in San Antonio, Texas, who asks, ‘Will everything be all right?'”
BUFFETT: “Everything will be all right. We do have the greatest economic machine that man has ever created. We started with 4 million people back in 1790 and look where we’ve come. And it wasn’t because we were smarter than other people. It wasn’t because our land was more fertile or we had more minerals or our climate was more favorable. We had a system that worked. It unleashed the human potential. It didn’t work every year. We had 6 ‘panics’ in the 19th century. In the 20th century we had the Great Depression, World Wars, all kinds of things. But we have a system – largely free market, rule of law, equality of opportunity – all of those things that cause the potential of humans to get unleashed. And we’re far from done. Your kids will live better than mine. Your grandchildren will live better than your kids. There’s no question about that. But the machine gets gummed up from time to time. If you take the bulk of those centuries, probably 15 years were bad years. But we go forward.”
Buffett spoke with Becky Quick of CNBC for 3-hours. Instead of focusing on the affirming, positive statements (such as the one above) the editors and directors of CNBC choose to go with, “Warren Buffett Says ‘The Economy Fell Off a Cliff.” Why?
There is an old saying in the newspaper business that says, “If it bleeds it leads”. Now you know why.
Wishing you all the success you have the guts to grab!
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Steve has such a wonderful folksy witty wisdom….and there are times he just nails you with the truth. thank you for todays insights.
Sales Training Tip: Choose What You Allow Into Your Mind Carefully
A front page headline on USA TODAY read:
90% of the ocean’s edible species may be gone by 2048, study finds Having Hurricane Irene and the worry over the coming of the 2nd recession isn’t enough. They have to devote half their front page to scaring us about the potential scarcity of Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks thirty- seven years from now.
Since I will most likely be dead none of this really matters to me. I find the reading of the daily paper taking less and less time – no more than the drinking of one cup of coffee. The reason – most of what is in there is of no interest to me and has no bearing on the achievement of my goals. Some may say this selfish and I would plead guilty but successfully guilty.
These headlines and stories are nothing new. My first recollection of this type stuff was The Population Bomb, a best-selling book, written by Paul R. Ehrlich and his wife, Anne Ehrlich, in 1968. It warned of the mass starvation of humans in the 1970s and 1980s. Didn’t happen. And then we had Y2K and the whole idea that all there would be a technological meltdown. Didn’t happen.
Scientists, psychics, cult leaders, politicians and ignorant, irresponsible journalists have frequently predicted the end of life as we know it – starvation and famine, flood, asteroid attack, the earth veering from its axis, killer bees, or – the latest – mad cow disease, etc. – and they have all been wrong.
God knows how many times one religious group or another has declared that the end of the world was near. So far nothing, nada has happened. Now we have the fruitcakes who are saying that the ancient Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world in 2012 – that is if the sunspots don’t get us first. Geez, you would think the public would wise up to this journalistic hype and realize that that all this does is sell newspapers and books and get government money for wacky research.
Eventually something, maybe an asteroid will get us and those left will say, “see I told you so”.
I council my sales training clients to be wise and not pay attention to any of this hype and clog their brain with this useless dribble. If you are really, really smart, you will be ruthless about NOT paying attention to anything that doesn’t advance you toward your goals, enhance your important skills, or inspire and motivate you to be your best self and achieve your greatest ambitions.
Hobbies don’t count and you get a pass because everyone needs escape from the nose to the grindstone relentless toil that it takes to become rich and achieve total personal autonomy to do what you want, when you want, with whom you want.
Anything that does not achieve this goal has to be filtered out. Blocked. Ignored. Just because USA TODAY feels compelled to fill its front page with silly, decidedly unscientific drivel, with scary stuff about the future-without-fish, does NOT mean you must swallow it.
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Two way mirrors, Behind the two-way mirror—magnetbox (Flickr.com)
Two way mirror INFORMATION FOR WOMEN
I was staying in a in a hotel a few weeks ago and there was this large mirror positionedin front of the commode that was so creepy I could not stand going into the room. The hair on the back of my neck stood up and I asked for a room change….then I get this from my good friend. So FYI….
A Mirror or a 2 Way Glass
How can you tell when you are in a room, restroom, motel etc. witha mirror or a 2-way glass?
Here’s how: I thought it was quite interesting! And I know in about 30 seconds you’re going to do what I did and find
the nearest mirror. Do you know how to determine if a mirror is 2-way or not?
A policewoman who travels all over the US and gives seminars and techniques for business women passed this on.
When we visit toilets, bathrooms, hotel rooms, changing rooms,
etc., how many of you know for sure that the seemingly ordinary
mirror hanging on the wall is a real mirror, or actually a 2-way
mirror (I.e., they can see you, but you can’t see them)?
There have been many cases of people installing 2-way mirrors
in female changing rooms. It is very difficult to positively identify
the surface by looking at it.
So, how do we determine with any amount of certainty what type
of mirror we are looking at?
TWO WAY GLASS IMAGE MIRROR IMAGE Just conduct this simple test: Place the tip of your fingernail against the reflective
surface and if there is a GAP between your fingernail and the image of the nail,
then it is GENUINE mirror. However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES the
image of your nail, then BEWARE! IT IS A 2-WAY MIRROR!
“No Space, Leave the Place” So remember, every time you see a mirror, do the