You’d have to be dead or on a remote island without wireless to have not heard all the talk about the ‘financial crisis’ in America and everywhere else.

We’re in a recession, depression, everything has gone to crap – blah, blah, blah.

Everybody seems to be talking about the problem, from people in coffee shops, around the dinner table and at work (usually as a reason why they haven’t made budget). But who is focusing on a solution and I’m not talking about ‘bail outs’ and band-aid strategies?

A friend recently attended a National Speakers Association event where the PRESIDENT started off the evening by saying, “No doubt a lot of you have been feeling the financial pressure these times have bought about.” What an inspirational introduction!

Attendees all looked at each other shaking their heads with few agreeing with Mr. President.  I mean c’mon, the room is filled with motivational speakers, many of whom use their stories of adversity to illustrate possibility during ‘tough times’. Thank goodness they didn’t buy into it!

Think about it:

If everybody’s jumping on the doom and gloom bandwagon, they’re no doubt being extremely careful with their spending…what causes a recession people?

We’re collectively perpetuating the problem.

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There’s a difference between keeping your finger on the pulse when it comes to news and being dragged into the quagmire of despair.

I always remember the story of two real estate agents in a town where the mine had just shut down. During an executive breakfast a man sat in between the two agents and asked them the same question, “How’s business?”

The first agent lamented, “Oh it’s horrible, the mine has shut down, they’ve lost their jobs and they’re not buying new homes. If something doesn’t change soon I’m going to have to shut up shop.”

The second agent said, “It’s GREAT, the best it’s been in years. The mine has shut down and those hardworking miners finally have time to spend their hard earned money, they either selling and moving to a new town to find work or taking the time to upgrade their homes and commuting to nearby towns for new job opportunities. I’ve never been busier, I had to hire a new team member yesterday.”

Take your pick, do you want to be a ‘winner’ or a ‘loser’ – quite literally it’s your choice.