The “Global Recession” – Created Through The Media?

Everybody seems concerned about the economic downturn or global recession. It’s almost like a process was kicked off and now it’s spreading across the globe like a virus. The media feed the recession by actually influencing buying behavior.
If people hear news like the car industry is in trouble and there sales numbers have fallen rapidly – guess what – people who were going to buy a new car will reconsider and stop buying because of fear things could go worse. This, of course is a dangerous cycle as less car sales means less jobs and this again drives negative news.
Is the global recession created by media? What is a “global recession”? It’s a generalization. Every country has its own little (or big) economic system. These systems are all different and behave differently. A Big Mac is priced differently in Germany than the UK and income levels, unemployment rates, petrol prices etc. are all different. And so is “the downturn” (another generalization) affecting every country, company and individual in a different way. Some companies loose money, some just make less and some make more money during a recession. Yes, that’s right. Some companies make more money and increase their market share.
So what can you do?
1. Cut out negative news
Every thing you listen or watch creeps into your subconscious mind. So if you are in a super market and you hear someone saying “Oh my good, this can of beans is 29p, I cannot afford this!” your subconscious mind will take a note of it and might influence your behavior in the future. Why do you think mobile phone operators have plastered most airports with marketing pictures?
2. Reframe negative news
Well, you cannot avoid all negative news even if you try. The next best thing is reframing. I heard of a company calling their layoffs “New Start”. This is a prime example of reframing from negative into positive.
3. Control what you can control
Keep your focus on things that you can control and do not put energy into things outside of your control.
4. Think Yin-Yang
Taoism and the IChing teach that everything is constantly changing in cycles. Before the downturn there was economic growth. Of course, after a period of slowdown the upturn will come like the day comes after the night. Think ahead and prepare yourself for this new phase in the cycle. It’s a great time now to invest in training and books and improve your skills. Go and buy some books on personal development and NLP.
5. Help others
During these times a lot of people have fear. Try to help others managing media created fear using NLP.
By Marco
Source: Mindful NLP
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