The economic problems in many parts of the world with the increase in unemployment, loss of income for many people, loss of homes for many others and for millions a future that seems extremely bleak can make us question some of our fundamental beliefs and values. Motivation suffers, it is easy to let the negative influence of the media make us more miserable.
Social media and the Internet have a part in this too, more people get more immediate news, good and bad, than when we relied on TV, radio and print. In the old days, we had to make a conscious effort to be exposed to news of any sort, we needed to pick up a newspaper, turn on the TV or radio. Actions we generally only took at pre-determined times and not every 5 minutes during our waking hours. Smart phones, and computers have made it too easy to see news of some sort every time we pick up our phones or check Facebook. Our thinking can be influenced by a fleeting glance at a tweet before we have the opportunity to verify the source or give it careful consideration.
Information presented on social media is all over the landscape, extremes on political, economic, religious, diet and most other opinions. Much of the old media was biased, but the bias was consistent so we could select which bias, or degree of bias we were most comfortable with. Not so with the new media. This new ability to receive non-stop news from sources we would not normally follow is not all bad, but it can be overwhelming.
It is simple to look for someone else to blame when things get tough, the government, employers, bankers seem to be flavour of the month now, but many former bank employees are also looking for scarce jobs. It is easy to lose sight of our fundamental values, the values that have shaped our lives, helped us achieve what we have already achieved.
Sometimes we all need a reminder that to survive the changing world order – and it will continue to change – we need to remember the important things.
One of the newsletters that I enjoy receiving is from Perry Marshall .
Last week, he sent out a “For and Against” list. An excellent list of reminders to help us stay on track.
A list of things to be For, paired with its opposite to be Against.
It is an interesting list, here are a couple of my favourites.
“ We are FOR individualism, accomplishment and excellence.
We are AGAINST the mediocrity, self pity, condemnation and discouragement of the news media and of “normal” people sleepwalking through life.”
“We are FOR communities, networks and relationships. We recognize that for every problem that needs to be solved, there is someone we can turn to who has already solved it.
We are AGAINST loneliness, isolation and discouragement. We know that the #1 cause of failure is lack of accountability, community and wise counsel. We know there is no such thing as a self-made man. Everyone has a father and a mother and everyone comes from a tribe.”
Here is the link again, take a minute to read the list, it will give you something to think about. For and Against.
Wishing you success in all your endeavours.