Tuesday, March 10, 2009

It begins with doubt and it ends with?

It's too easy to pick apart bad plans, so I will do my best to avoid talking about Obama today.

Instead, I'm going to switch gears a bit and try to help some of you see that there is light at the end of this dark tunnel we appear to be traversing right now.

Some say that there is significant economic evidence that the Great Depression might have been avoided but for the "panic" that swept over the country (and the world) after the 1929 stock market crash. According to them, what should have been no more than a deep recession altered our world forever because of the prevailing "thoughts of doubt and fear."

Frankly, it's pretty difficult to not be afraid when you see runs on the banks and can't even get to the money -- your money -- that you worked so hard for with your own blood, sweat and tears.

Today, the FDIC "insurance" in place at most banks and many credit unions means you should be able to reach some (if not all) of your money.

I'm not going to go into why that might not mean much in about 2 to 4 years time. I'll leave that to another post.

Instead, I want to share the emotional process that can drag you under the wheels of that eighteen-wheeler bearing down on you called fear... because once you understand the process, you understand how to stop it.

  • It begins with a thought of doubt,

  • which causes an emotion of fear,

  • which manifests itself physically as anxiety.

Anxiety robs us of our power, our energy and our purpose. Severe anxiety can even undermine our health.

And it's all brought on by a thought of doubt.

Now, I'm not going to tell you not to doubt the things you believe have this country heading in the wrong direction. Don't lie to yourself.

What I am going to tell you is simply this -- BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

A little secret here -- two things can erase fear:
1. Love, and
2. Faith

I'm going to focus on Faith.

Author and personal coaching expert, Vic Johnson once said this on the subject of faith:
Fear and Faith are directly opposite views of the future and they cannot co-exist. My Faith is in a Creator who has given me dominion over all things. Your Faith may be elsewhere, but know this: Faith and fear cannot be present at the same time.
Keep your Faith close to your heart. BELIEVE in YOURSELF! You have inner resources that you might not even realize exist.

You can't control a slot machine. You can't control the stock markets. You can't control what your Government is doing.

But you can control how you think... and you can control how you feel.

Keep the Faith. Believe in yourself.

When you feel like your world is crashing down around you and that you are crashing down with it... believe in yourself... have faith, and get back up. Take a few minutes now to watch this short video and share it with someone you care about today...

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