What is a recession?

A recession is when the people loose faith in the future.
–Richard Nixon interviewed on Larry King Live

Without a single word of economic gobbledygook, Richard Nixon gave one of the most profound definitions of a recession I’ve ever heard. In this definition is the explanation of the difference between winners and losers and insight into why some people are experiencing great increase during a time that the media would have us believe is a time of lack and scarcity for all.

This phenomenon is similar to the experience many people have after buying a new car or a gadget.

Suddenly you notice everyone else who also has that new car or gadget.

Your attention can only be engaged on so many things and that attention is always held in your personal context.

In other words, if you look for lack, you find lack.

If you look for increase, you find increase.

The behavior is constantly on the Dr Phil show. People with seemingly HUGE problems come up with the solutions on their own and all Dr Phil does is ask questions. What’s different about the questions he asks and the ones these people are asking themselves? He asks questions that seek a solution while they ask questions that validate their circumstances.

The successful seek answers to problems.

The unsuccessful seek the problems.

A recession is about a common mindset. Millions of people not only seek to prove they have it bad. They also seek to make sure you see that you have it bad too.

So what’s it going to be? Where do you stand? Do you want to play the “well, you’d think differently if you understood MY situation” game (a game only played by losers) or do you want to take where you are, regardless of your current circumstances and say “this is the forward-step I’m taking today.”

It’s all up to you.

1 Comment

  1. Morriss Partee on July 28, 2008 at 11:21 am

    You are spot-on. That’s why there are some people who seem to always be winners, and others that find it tough to succeed. It starts with attitude and mind-set, then proceeds to execution.

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