Think Daily Messages
The “News” is about what happened. It’s not about what did not happen. The news has a programming policy -”If it bleeds, it leads.” It’s easy then for us to watch the news and think that things are going to hell.
But things that “didn’t happen” also exist, and outnumber the newsworthy events. All the schools that didn’t get shot up, the trains that didn’t derail, the countries that are not at war, and people who slept safely though the night.
To control our own programming is to control our view of the world, and ultimately our experience in it.
What do you focus on?
People have values. And you can tell a lot about the values people in a neighborhood have by driving through and looking at their homes, which are in significant measure, a representation of the results they have assembled as a result of applying their values.
The values people have matter.
What are your values?
About a year and a half ago I met a man named Zoltan Kesz who had a think tank foundation in Hungary fighting against nazism, racism, and government corruption and for free markets and capitalism. Hungary emerged from communism in 1990, and today the ruling party had a 2/3 supermajority and could do whatever it wanted – and it did. Bad things. They controlled the media, nationalized private pensions, took bribes, etc. etc. etc.
I decided to help Zoltan’s tiny upstart foundation. I held a fundraiser and asked many of you to help. Together we raised $50,000. His fondation’s annual budget was $120,000 including what we provided.
They did talks, hired security and attended soccer games to counter the nazi’s message of hate, wrote articles and papers. They soldiered on through heavy criticism. Then something happened. The Parliament Member (from the ruling party) from Zoltans home district vacated his seat to go work at the European Parliament. Zoltan decided to run against another ruling party candidate in a special election to fill the open seat.
The newspapers blasted him as a “free market extremist” rather than one who believes in central planning. But he went door to door talking to the people and worked social media. A tense election day came, and when it was done, Zoltan won a seat in Parliament by a landslide, breaking the ruling party’s supermajority by one seat – his!
It’s a start. It shows that we can make a difference. Zoltan says he could not have even started his work without help from the US such as the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and private donors.
In the last year we have done this, kept a woman with CP in her home forever, fixed an urban church and more. Can we make a difference?
Apparently so. Thank you!
You know that voice in your head? – Yeah, that one. It’s talking all the time – to you.
What it says to you is important. If it is always telling you that you can’t and repeating limiting beliefs, you will behave as if it is true.
Hijack it. Repeat positive things to and about yourself, even if you don’t believe them at first. You will.
Yes, self talk is critical to your success.
What is your inner voice saying to you?
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