"The Recession" has been a consistent theme echoed over the last few years into our psyche through our media airwaves, and at some point, it has impacted many of our lives for the worse. Yet, very few of us have defined this recession in a positive light. Any time a situation of mass crisis arises, I genuinely believe that it is a great teaching tool.
Let me build the premise for this vantage point. What is a crisis? A crisis can be defined as an emotional and physical response to some precipitating event or series of events that disrupts our normal day-to-day functioning. Well, what is a recession? A recession can be defined as a business cycle contraction, a general slowdown in economic activity over a period of time.
Let's review: A crisis is therefore, your overall response (which you control) to an event or series events that you have no direct control over, and a recession is an aspect of the economic cycle, a contraction (or uncomfortable "pain") that will and can happen periodically, and oft times slows down the spending of a given economy over a period of time. If this is the case, a recession forces you to make a designed change and if you understand the crisis that a recession presents, it is your job to make the proper emotional and physical adjustments to adapt to the change, for your benefit! For those of us who understand this concept, many can attest that the recession has been an opportunity to change for the better, due to the "pain" presented within our personal crisis.
If this is so, the one constant that prevails during crisis is rooted in one's ability to change. How many times have you uttered the words, "I'm tired of this situation", "I'm fed up", "I want more out of my life"? If this has been your thought, your feeling or your dilemma, the question that must arise is simply, "ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE?"
Many of us find ourselves stuck in a "rut" due to our inability to change. It has been said that the only person who likes change is a wet baby, but is it your lack of ability to change that continues to stop you from walking in your total destiny?
What is your dream? Is it to own a business, to have a family, to live in a beautiful home, to be rich and famous? Dreams are free and they're open for anyone to have, but they have little value until they are parlayed into reality. Dreams design the fabric of reality and therefore, clothe our futures, but if we as individuals neglect to change for the better, we aggressively choke the life out of our dreams. The great German physicist, Albert Einstein considers doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results as being insanity.
My challenge to you today is to see each situation in your life and/or business as an opportunity to evoke change and growth into your life for the better. Challenge yourself to be a vessel of growth in any environment and become allergic to cycles that hold you fast. Break out of your personal insanity to allow your dreams to ultimately become your reality!
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