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August 09, 2011

Don't Let the Bastards in the Door! The Cure for Economic Doom & Gloom

I've had it with those Bastards, and I will no longer let them in my door. And ... I highly recommend you do the same.

What? Let me explain ...

Yes, I'm frustrated with U.S. politicians in D.C. But I'm not talking about them. Yes, I'm not at all happy with Wall Street insiders focused on short-term greed. But I'm not talking about them either.

I'm also fed up with the head honchos at media outlets who choose to report fear and loathing 24 hours a day. But they are not the Bastards I refer to here.

Like you, I've been bombarded with messages about debt ceilings, downgrades, downturns, shortages, layoffs, foreclosures, and more. I've had my fill.

And now I refuse to let the Bastards in my door!

The Bastards I'm talking about here are not people or corporate entities. They are the negative and destructive thought forms that are hypnotizing you and me and much of the population these days.

If you want to truly survive and thrive through this (or any other) economy, you must send these Bastards packing and not let them get anywhere near the door to your psyche.

Note of Clarification ...

I am NOT talking about burying your head in the sand and denying that many people are hurting financially these days. There is some very real pain being experienced by good people. There's a pretty strong chance that someone close to you is facing an economic challenge, or even you yourself are.

I get that. I have felt the pinch myself, and I have watched and am watching good friends wrestle with it.

But the best way for you to help them and help yourself is to rise above the misery mentality. Don't buy into the mass consciousness of lack and limitation. That will serve no one.

It's one thing to be aware of global economics and have empathy for those who have been affected. It's quite another to shrivel up and become a card-carrying member of the Doom and Gloom Association.

The Bastards are trying to infiltrate your brain, your mindset, and your entire belief system. Don't let them in the door!

The Best Medicine for Economic Doom and Gloom

Again, these Bastards (with a capital B) are not people or things. They are perceptions, attitudes, and highly contagious viruses of the mind that must be obliterated from your life at all costs.

They must be dealt with like the diseases that they are with swift and radical treatment. Otherwise, they will continue to fester and grow within you -- and before you know it, your physical world will reflect the sickness that permeates your mind.

In fact, your current circumstances already reflect your internal belief system -- whether you know it or not. Your physical reality is formed by what you think is possible, combined with the actions you take and how you show up in the world.

The U.S. government may have a debt ceiling, but you have internal ceilings of your own. And one of them can be described as a "growth ceiling."

That's right, your personal experience of income, joy, creativity, love and much more is very much determined by what you believe is possible and what you feel you deserve.

These factors are at work in your life whether the media is saying the economy is soaring, plummeting or in neutral. So it's a good idea to not let the Bastards in your door at any time. But during times of mass gloom-filled hypnosis, it's especially important to stand guard at the doorway to your mind.

I Repeat ... Don't Let the Bastards in the Door!

By remaining in control of your attitude and outlook, you are in a much better position to see opportunities, maintain your enthusiasm, and take constructive steps to get out of any financial mess you may be in (or to help loved ones get through a challenge they are going through).

The other choice is to be sucked into the doomsday rhetoric, let the Bastards get a foot in your door, and before long your entire mental house will be filled with poison. This will cause you to retreat, miss opportunities because you are too pessimistic to see them, withhold taking action because "everyone is hurting now," and on and on.

In which position would you rather be?

One way you remain empowered and in control. The other way you succumb to being a victim.

Here are three quick ways you can keep the Bastards outside your door:

1) Go on a news and media diet. It's okay to be aware of world events and to be an informed consumer and citizen. But that doesn't mean you have to submit yourself to a constant barrage of negative news programming. (There's a reason it's called "programming.") Cut way back on your weekly intake of traditional media.

To keep the Bastards from getting in your door and infecting your mind, you may need a big dose of preventative medicine. My drugs of choice are books and audio programs that remind me of my potential and recharge my outlook and skills set. Doing this will strengthen the hinges on your mental door.

The media would have you believe there's a boogeyman "out there" trying to get you. But the real culprit is the Bastard that you willingly allow inside your door!

2) Be extremely grateful for what you have. I don't want to get all "Oprah" on you and tell you to start journaling (although that can be very helpful if you're into it). But I can't stress enough the power of appreciating what you already have. So start today to count your many blessings.

When you truly appreciate the richness and abundance of the life you already lead, it gives you a much firmer launching pad from which to grow. When you only focus on what's missing and what's wrong, there's little gas in the tank to get you moving.

So, what are you grateful for? Your health or your family? Do you have a place to live, a car to drive, or clothes to wear? What about the amazing technology we have today that allows us to communicate so effortlessly? How about your gifts, talents, friends, fans, and the good deeds you have personally witnessed recently?

Going on a "rampage of appreciation" will improve your outlook. I guarantee it!

3) Be open, available and eager for more. Hand in hand with your extreme gratitude should be an openness and eagerness to experience more. Being deeply appreciative of what you have and where you are does not mean you have to settle - that this is as good as it will ever get.

Life is all about growth, evolution and expansion. All you have to do is observe nature for a while to understand this concept. You should live your life in accordance with these natural laws too. Appreciate what you have, and simultaneously open yourself up to be, do, have, and create more.

Both factors are needed. Gratitude without growth can lead to stagnation. And wanting more without appreciating what you have will leave you feeling empty along the journey. So appreciate where you are AND where you are going!

Of course, this state of eagerness for growth must be combined with action. The good news is, your actions will flow more energetically and much easier once these three steps are fully embraced.

There you have it. My prescription for overcoming the disease of economic doom and gloom: Go on a news and media diet; be extremely grateful for what you have; be open, available and eager for more; take affirmative action.

I hope these ideas help you through this and any other troubling time ahead. But whatever you do ...

Don't let the Bastards in the door!


-Bob

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posted by Bob Baker @ 12:43 PM   34 comments


34 Comments:

At Aug 9, 2011, 3:54:00 PM, Blogger Kusha Deep Music + Films said...

bang on mate, i must get off the media train before it sucks my brain out
www.soundcloud.com/kushadeep

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 3:58:00 PM, Blogger Kathena said...

Yes, it is important to condition our own minds with good thoughts. I like to use prayer, meditation, and repeating faith statements like Norman Vincent Peale's "Thought Conditiners" and Sharon Salzberg's audiobook "Lovingkindness Meditation" has been a great help to me.
I like to listen to these things before I go to sleep.

My band The Hippy Nuts is using our slow times to make more music and videos. When we invite others to work with us on Creative projects it gives everyone a real boost in mood and something to do now as well as something to enjoy the fruits of for a long time to come.

Thanks, Bob. Love your attitude.
kathena

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 4:07:00 PM, Anonymous Deborah E said...

Bob,

Couldn't agree more! Thanks for sharing this, Bob. That is exactly what I have been sharing with people. In fact, it is why I started my "5 Hugs A Day" campaign.

We need to learn to encourage ourselves and then those around us and rise above the negativity ;)

hugs,
Deborah E
http://www.5hugsaday.com

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 4:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good words.
Elledge

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 4:22:00 PM, Blogger Darci Monet said...

PREACH, BROTHER BAKER!!! I so agree. I'm sharing this EVERYWHERE today!

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 4:29:00 PM, Blogger Crunchy Steve said...

Not to mention, Bob, taking the time to practice random acts of extreme kindness ;-)

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 4:33:00 PM, Anonymous Rich said...

Yeeeeeeeeeeeees! You tell them Bob! I am in agreement with you 1000%! Yup 1000%!. :)

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 4:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so good! Thanks, Bob, again for being an inspiration - this is now my home page (instead of the "news").

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 5:04:00 PM, Anonymous Kerianne Mellott said...

So brilliant and so true, Bob! I love this message and the power behind it. You are such a great writer on many topics and I'm sure your readers will find a lot of value in this post.

My quote of the day is: "At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want." ~ Lao Tzu

Here's to everyone keeping their head up and pushing forward, with positive thoughts and much appreciation. :0)

Smiles,

Kerianne
www.MarketingMakesMeSmile.com

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 5:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the best Blues songs got written under the most trying of circumstances. I love the Blues, man- but I don't live 'em. Peace, Dave Helton Phoenix, AZ

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 5:31:00 PM, Anonymous Reynold Akison said...

Thanks, Bob. I agree that people need to shut the door to the barrage of negativity that flows out of the media and other people's mouths everyday. Your good advice may help stem the flow.

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 6:02:00 PM, Anonymous Tony Barker said...

Bob,

As you know, I've been reading your writing for many years, and I think that this is your greatest piece ever.

The 'world" I live in, with my daily contacts, surroundings, and choices, is not the same "world" that Washington and Wall Street is in. Connected, to be sure, but they have FAR less impact on me than my own decision about how hard I work at my craft.

For every venue owner that doesn't hire me "you know, with The Economy the ways it is...", there's another one that will hire me because James Taylor is now out of his budget.

House Concerts are booming because people want to hear quality entertainment without dropping a hundred dollars on a bar tab.

(Added bonus: You get to HEAR the music, and don't have to deal with drunks hitting on your wife or husband!)

We have more power than any Ordinary Citizens in HISTORY to choose our own paths; we simply have to be careful not to wallow in crap just because it seems like everyone else is.

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 7:40:00 PM, Blogger Tomy said...

the idea of a media diet is great and something I've been doing for some time. why anyone would believe anything they see / hear though mainstream media is beyond me.

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 9:10:00 PM, Blogger Saith said...

I see your take on things as a highly evolved perspective and I agree whole-heartedly with what you are saying. Our biggest nemesis can be the thoughts that we choose to entertain knowingly or unknowingly which are not thoughts of gratitude, Love, and personal power. And it is so easy to miss the opportunities and abundance that the universe has to offer when we are too busy lip-syncing to these "psychic implants" which were never ours to begin with. Bravo! and Thank you! - Saith

 
At Aug 9, 2011, 9:28:00 PM, Anonymous René said...

Hi Bob,

your sentence "Don't BUY into the mass consciousness of lack and limitation." hits the point in my opinion - and the sentence "There's a reason it's called programming." made me laugh out loudly - hits the point as well!

In my experience it's as you say:

Those "Bastards" as you call them can be real energy leechers - in the end, for the mind every "new info" (relevant to the progress of a creative project or NOT!) is simply "work" - and it may unfocus and distract you from working on your project, leeching energy to make an important step forward etc.

As one cleans up his house as a routine, one has to keep his mind clear these days - cultivate a "psychic sanitation routine", so to speak.

Years ago, in his book "The Third Wave" the author Alvin Toffler wrote about an upcoming "Information Wave" overdosing people with more consumerable media-formats and information than ever before in history - and this way making it a daily challenge to keep a focused, clear and positive mind-set, to be "centered".

Unfortunately, Tofflers "Wave" is getting bigger with every piece of disinformation, unrelevant gossip and royal yellow-press stories claiming to be "important news to all readers" somehow (although I can't see any value whatsoever in that kind of "infos") - the loudest news and the biggest headlines are too often just not worth the attention they're seeking. - It's a shame in terms of "journalism", I think ...

Well - good to see you stay focused - thank you for sharing your thoughts, they're reminding me of something:

Less is sometimes even more.

Namasté
René :)

 
At Aug 10, 2011, 3:02:00 AM, Anonymous Kevin MacCash said...

Bob Thanks so much. Once again you put things into perspective.

 
At Aug 10, 2011, 3:04:00 AM, Anonymous Kevin MacCash said...

Bob there you go again. Thanks for this wonderful article.

 
At Aug 10, 2011, 5:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it!! - Thanks for this Bob.
Just as I was feeling down about the London UK riots etc. I have noticed a change in my energy when I am grateful. I will print this out and post on my wall at home to remind me .
Alan

 
At Aug 10, 2011, 6:34:00 AM, Blogger Justin said...

I love it! I think too many people have an external locus of control, which causes them to think that all of their successes and failures in life come from an outside source. In reality, it all comes from inside! One thing that I think people forget is that "thoughts become things." You might be thinking, "Whoooaaaa you're out there man..." But how did Bob create a successful blog and many successful books? With a thought to have it, of course! It's such a simple concept that I think we all forget from time to time because nobody really talks about it! But all in all...this is one of the best articles I have read in awhile. And remember...things are always looking up...if you believe and act that way.

Happy Wednesday! :)

Justin

 
At Aug 10, 2011, 9:05:00 AM, Blogger Bonni said...

thanx Bob! I'm sure we all need this advice.

 
At Aug 10, 2011, 9:50:00 AM, Anonymous Matt Eaton said...

A Lotto win couldn't hurt either...ha-ha.

 
At Aug 10, 2011, 11:53:00 AM, Blogger Brandi Brown said...

Bob....I couldn't agree with you more!! I can't thank you enough for putting this out there. Sometimes its hard not to get our heads wrapped around the massive amounts of negativity that surround us. Although my email box is FULL of work "to do" I felt compelled to read your blog post....and I'm SO glad I did! I needed a reminder that beneath the surface there is so much more to be grateful for. I'm on a "rampage of appreciation" mission!! Thank you!

 
At Aug 10, 2011, 12:00:00 PM, Blogger Dionigi Faccenda said...

Hi Bob, I am from Italy as you know and I have enough like you to see all this B....bombing like hell about Dow Jones, public debt, etc..go down now its really more easier than ever...but I think that what the media saying it is not the mirror of our life, they act like this simply because the human being is always attracted by the negativity and they are playing with all of us!!!

So stop listening or reading to the stock exchange and start talking about the reality!!!

Thank you Bob for this
Dionigi

 
At Aug 10, 2011, 12:44:00 PM, Blogger JazzyBluesyRock said...

That's a pretty fine little sermonette! Thank you!

 
At Aug 10, 2011, 12:55:00 PM, Anonymous Mike MIller said...

Hi Bob, great article and so true! If all artist united we would control the mojo! Keep up the good work Bob.

Mike Miller
greatstoryteller.com

 
At Aug 10, 2011, 4:51:00 PM, Blogger Deborah E said...

Absolutely agree! Glad to find we are not the only ones trying to think positive! And what better person, than you, Bob!

hugs,
Deborah E
www.5hugsaday.com

 
At Aug 11, 2011, 5:13:00 AM, OpenID fortheloveofq said...

Hi Bob,

Your sentiments (and those of the commentators) are much appreciated!

For years I've been warning people around me about the negative effects of the press (especially my parents, who watch / read the news religiously!) but I always felt I was banging a lone drum.

I feel really strongly about this subject because we know that what you focus on, you produce more of. So I feel that the media take negative events and make the impact of them 10 times worse. They don't just report misery - they create it, all in the name of selling more copy / getting higher viewer numbers & advertising revenue.

They really should teach this stuff in school, so children can learn to counter the effects of this negative brainwashing!

Personally, I'm hoping to find a way to make my band a more positive influence in the community. If you or anyone else have any thoughts about good ways to achieve this, I'd be grateful for your input. (Maybe you'd like to write a post about it...) ;-)

All the best (& keep the faith!)

Nic Packett

 
At Aug 11, 2011, 11:04:00 AM, Blogger IkiraBaru said...

Thank you Bob!! Very encouraging article.

 
At Aug 13, 2011, 3:16:00 AM, Blogger Jacques Kerguelen said...

Hi Bob!
Great article. That's exactly the spirit!
Jacques

 
At Aug 13, 2011, 3:18:00 AM, Blogger Jacques Kerguelen said...

Hi Bob!
Great article, that's the spirit to evercome adversities!

 
At Aug 16, 2011, 10:09:00 PM, Blogger Chris Bauer said...

Thanks Bob! Those of us in the corporate world to fund our music careers need this reminder!

Chris Bauer
www.chrisbauermusic.com

 
At Aug 21, 2011, 12:11:00 PM, Anonymous Scott said...

Good stuff! I like to watch TED talks instead of the news. That way you find out more about what's REALLY going on, you feel better when it's over, you're not bombarded by advertising and it takes less of your time - so you can get on to more important things, like playing guitar!

 
At Oct 5, 2011, 12:00:00 AM, Anonymous Lucy Hammond said...

As always Bob,you are right on the money! We all shape our reality by our thoughts,which in turn become actions,or in most cases inaction!

One of my favorite sayings is"Action conquers fear"! It works every time it's applied! Taking the actions of remaining positive in the face of adversity,& continuously reviewing the things you're grateful for,are sure fire ways to manifest a positive outcome!

Your idea of limiting our exposure to media,is one I've subscribed to for years! The average news broadcast contains 350 negative messages,so if you willingly bombard your conscience mind with that,you'll have a pretty tough time staying positive!

Thanks for lifting us up & keeping us focused on what we want to create,not what we don't want! You rock Bob!

Lucy Hammond ;o)
www.thelucyhammondband.com

 
At Nov 22, 2011, 4:14:00 PM, Anonymous martin brooks(songsmithmarty) said...

100% agreement with you Bob.Excellent article and advice.Pretty much a `life blueprint`.Will share.

 

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