How does the endless supply of bad news pouring over the airwaves day after day make you feel? Have you been able to maintain a positive attitude despite all the negative financial news?
Can you maintain an optimistic attitude in spite of any fears your mind says you should have about your money situation? Have you made a decision to be positive even when your mind is telling you to be scared about your financial future?
The key word here is “decide.” You can decide, because your attitude, outlook, mood, and happiness are all a personal decision.
It’s your decision
Maybe you didn’t realize that you have the freedom to decide. Maybe you thought you had no choice except to be pushed around by the negative headlines. Perhaps you believed that your feelings were somehow determined by forces beyond your control. They’re not, and you need to know that right here and now.
You decide to be happy or unhappy. You choose to be upset or calm. You decide to be stressed out or feel unaffected by all the negativity going on around you.
You can decide to be terrified by what’s going on, but why would you do that? Remember, it’s your decision. Why not decide to be positive, optimistic and resourceful instead?
Honestly, it really is your decision
Your mind may not like to hear this, because your mind wants to convince you that your feelings are beyond your control. Your mind wants you to be the way you’ve always been, susceptible to the negative energy. Your mind wants to resist change.
Deciding to be positive in spite of popular opinion is the same as making a decision to be happy, successful, abundant and peaceful. You don’t need to listen to the talking heads on the news. Once you decide to be positive, their version of the world no longer applies to you.
What is your mind telling you?
Check and see what your mind has been telling you. Has it been telling you to take in as much news as you can, as if more details will lead you to a solution? Does it tell you to talk to everybody you know about how bad things are? All that does is reinforce a negative view of reality.
Are you convinced that you should worry day and night about everything that’s going on? Do you feel like you should be doing something about it but you don’t know what to do?
You can think about it until you are blue in the face. You can beat yourself up over what you think you should have, or should not have done. You can doubt yourself, berate yourself, and second-guess yourself, and for what?
How does any of that help you? How does it help you to get all tied up in knots? How does it help you to be nervous and scared over money? How does it help you to be miserable? How does it help you to beat yourself up?
Negativity is nothing but a trap
Take a really close look and you will find that it does not help you at all. It never helps to beat yourself up. It never helps to be negative about anything, person, place or situation.
Negativity draws more negativity, like a magnet. Beating yourself up and being negative is only moving you further and further from a solution.
The bad news can only get you down if you let it. Only if you are paying attention to it, and letting it push you around. Only if you are letting it make you feel scared and negative. You decide how much power it has over you.
Whatever you do, do not let yourself get caught up in the blame game. Don’t blame yourself, the politicians, the lenders, or the big corporations. Don’t waste time trying to figure out who’s fault it is. That is just an emotional dead end.
Along the same line, don’t expect someone else to make everything better. It is totally unrealistic to think that a new elected official is going to make much of a difference. Stop looking to other people to change your outlook, because…
It’s entirely up to you
Nobody controls your feelings except you. If you decide to be positive in spite of what’s going on around you, your energy will go up, your attitude will improve, and your feelings will become more positive. Then you will be able to maintain your sense of peace and happiness.
Your life is your decision. Decide to be positive in spite of everything, and watch what happens. You can decide in favor of yourself even in the face of bad news. It’s a decision. It’s your decision to make every moment of every day. Decide to be happy. Try it. Find out for yourself.
Find out how being positive, in spite of the negative noise, will bring you more and more things to feel happy and positive about. Become a magnet for positive energy by being positive and optimistic. Make it your goal to become the most positive person you know and watch how your world will change. You don’t need to conform to what’s going on out there. It’s always your decision.
Jonathan Wells is deeply involved in the area of personal growth and development. His book: 7 Simple Steps – Life Transformation Guide examines in detail the powerful yet simple steps necessary for creating the life you dream of.
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