“Don’t fight forces, use them.” ~ Buckminster Fuller
I was having a little battle with a poster on my Facebook fan page over the global financial crisis.
In a United Press International interview, I said our individual relationships with money must change for the world economic crisis to end.
A reader of that statement was deeply offended. She believed that our financial challenges are far beyond our ability to impact with our own personal choices… that the responsibility (and solution) lies with governments and banks, not individuals.
I agree that government and bank policies are culpable for lying and cheating and swindling… and only we can get our own lives back on track.
We have elections, we have Occupy Wall Street, and we have our own relationships with money.
(And traders who swindle their clients do NOT have healthy relationships with money…)
There is a global economy, and a PERSONAL economy. And if every person created a healthy, empowered, and responsible personal relationship with money, what do you think that would do for the global economy?
- Yesterday I got another email from my client Joslyn Zale about a new income stream she discovered, in addition to her thriving coaching practice. (She’s doing “911 mapping” to help law enforcers serve their communities better.)
- And Anna has twenty music students and large (five figure) checks coming in.
- And Kristen (animal communicator) is being contacted by the largest zoo in her region.
- Brenda sold four insurance policies last week.
They live in the same economy as all of us.
We can fight our environment or learn from it.
Years ago my friend Marc Scott Zicree shared his journey to helming his own television show. Every step of the way he hit a “No.”
Instead of arguing, he investigated… every obstacle became his next action step.
The network wanted experience? He got a producer job…
The network wanted adaptations? He adapted a series of best seller books…
Whatever needed to be done, he did. And he got his TV show. And a “Humanitas” award, and many great connections and experiences, too.
Things are more challenging. Absolutely. And the flip side of challenge is opportunity.
Yes, we get to change the world… but again, the tools of this change are in front of us… if the world gives us lead and we want gold, the Alchemist says, “Thank you.”
Because somewhere in that leaden experience is a golden opportunity.
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