Yesterday I was talking to a good friend about my new Stop the Insanity Now Leadership course for companies. She really liked the content — specifically the way it deals with the massively counter productive rumor mill and the issue of personal responsibility. "The only thing," she said, "companies aren’t spending money on training these days." Well, that may be true. And it is more likely true that companies are more careful about how they spend their training dollars. If your product or service represents exceptional value, if it’s beautiful and meaningful, there are clients ready to buy them. It’s simply a matter of connecting with them. Economic indicators reflect how the majority of people feel about the economy at a particular time. In any kind of economy, there are incredible opportunities.
What’s important is how you look at the economy, not the economy itself. Last year in talking to my brother who’s a Big kahuna in a multibillion-dollar funeral home business, I asked him how the so-called recession was affecting his business.
His answer made me laugh. It turns out the so-called recession results in fewer annual deaths because people take fewer risks and overall live healthier!!!! How’s that for a silver lining?
I know many people who work in companies that provide software support for the health care industry. Their businesses are booming.
You may feel that your job is on the chopping block, and it could well be. The trick is to stay calm, and seek out the incredible opportunities out there!
7 Ways to See It’s Really a Great Economy:
1. Do not read or listen to the news.
This blog post was inspired by my reading contradictory headlines about the economy today. Like the powers that be really haven’t decided if it’s good or getting better, or not. To stay informed, ask someone else to keep you up to date, to give you an executive summary of what’s going on. Or just ask people about the latest news. FEAR sells advertising!
2. Remember that some people make money in any type of economy.
Great fortunes were made during the so-called Great Depression. If you look at the history of any big company, you’ll see that either it began during a crisis, or had to adjust to one early on. Economic crises are normal. in fact, no economic upheaval = no socio-economic mobility. We’d still be peons on some feudal estate (or worse) if it weren’t for economic chaos.
3. You get to decide for yourself, is this a time for opportunities, or a time for shrinking?
If you’d like to thrive right now and you’re not sure how — that means you’re normal!!! Get clear on what you’d like to see happen, and simply look for the next step, the one that might work. It’s not a linear process, it’s a fun and crazy process.
4. Look out for and take some time to appreciate all the free stuff out there.
The seeds on a strawberry, oxygen, library books, Mixonian articles ;-), radio, social media, sunshine, ocean, laughter, growing grass, love…..it’s ALWAYS out there.
Mixonian Institute reader Kathleen Lamoureux puts out encouragement in her FREE Daily Zen Wisdom. If you’d like to subscribe, send her a blank email with "Daily Zen" in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. I really enjoy her mailings.
5. Hang out with people who are doing well (regardless of their income.)
It’s not that you’re only going to speak to millionaires from now on, I guess you know some wealthy people are quite annoying, but spend time with people who have trained themselves to see opportunities, not scarcity. It’s also good to spend time with people who make you laugh.
6. Watch your language!
What you’re really thinking often comes through what you say. If you find yourself explaining problems "because of the economy" or "yeah, there are no jobs out there," you’ve fallen into the trap and need to pull yourself out of it.
7. Spend some time outside.
I know it’s hot. It’s supposed to be hot because it’s summer. Wait until evening, but getting fresh air does wonders for your spirit.
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