If you listen to the news you know that this recession is far from over. In fact, we are told that all signs point to a “double dip” recession. What does that really mean? It means more people are experiencing tough times simultaneously.
Most of us have gone through tough times and having business and personal financial difficulty in a recession can be comforting and reassuring because misery loves company. But how much of the difficulty one experiences is the outcome of a self-fulfilling prophecy that kicks into place when we choose to believe a reality that is false?
In 1960 Dr. Maxwell Maltz, authored the bestseller Psycho-Cybernetics. He explains “The word cybernetics comes from a Greek term that means ‘a helmsman who steers his ship to port.’ Psycho-Cybernetics is a term I coined which means, ‘Steering your mind to a productive, useful goal …. so you can reach the greatest port in the world … peace of mind. With it, you’re somebody. Without it, you’re nothing.’” Dr. Maltz was a successful Plastic Surgeon who discovered that his clients had disappointing results when they did not engage their mind to visualize the outcome they desired.
I have a friend who knew that he was going to die from a heart attack at the age of 50. His dad and his grandfather both passed away at age 50. Half way through his 50th year, he felt ‘funny’ and decided to stop at the hospital before he went home. While walking into the Emergency Room he had a massive coronary attack and was technically dead for several minutes. During his fairly long recovery, my friend realized that his beliefs about dying at 50 had fueled a lackadaisical attitude towards his health and physical fitness. With renewed focus, he set about to defeat the self-fulfilling beliefs that were sending him to an early grave. That was 15 years ago and he is still going strong because he is willing to have the discipline to manage his thoughts and actions.
So how much of the double dip recession is influenced by the ‘mob fear’ that causes self-fulfilling prophecy? How much of your current circumstances are the results of a subtle surrender to the media’s influence? Take this quick self assessment to determine if you have succumbed to the mob mentality.
- Do you face your business and career now with the same level of optimism and energy that you have had in the best of times?
- What specific actions have you stopped doing because you believe “people just aren’t spending money”?
- If you recorded your conversations for 24 hours how much are you stifling or losing your positive energy by the negative words and thoughts that you use in your conversations?
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Idaho Women’s Journal presents Jim Stephens, an expert in Sales, Marketing and Strategic Management. He is the authorized Trainer and Owner of Sandler Sales Training Center in Boise, Idaho.