I don’t really watch the news like I used to and that’s probably for the same reason as anyone else who doesn’t watch it. Reason being essentially the phenomenon that Les Brown describes as Constantly Negative News.
That is, part of the mission of the news is to convince you to keep watching and tuning in.
They do this by saying things like, ‘Is your child’s soup safe? Maybe not…details at 11′.
Now if your a decent and fine human being, you’ll tune in just so that you can be sure to warn your family or nieces, nephews, and neighbors. I realize that bad things happen and maybe in some school, somewhere, a kid got sick eating soup. But its almost never on the level that the news tries to convince you it is.
Typically when I tell someone that I’ve tuned out, they mention the fact that if I don’t tune in, I’m doomed to walk the Earth ignorant and uninformed.
There are two points that counter that argument. Number one, if an event of significant magnitude occurs, someone always tells me. It seems like people love to share bad news. Number two, if I am missing out, I’m not missing out on much; moreover, the information I gain by not tuning in is of greater benefit to my life than whatever ‘late breaking story’ is being re-broadcast for the 13th time. What I mean is that instead of watching the morning and evening news-I’ll take that combined hour and read instead, or write, or do something that is of benefit as opposed to ingesting scare tactics.
In his blogpost entitled ‘In Today’s Economy’ Jeffrey Kosola comments that:
“Today’s economy” is just an excuse that people use to feel sorry for themselves.
In today’s economy I’m lucky to have a job.
In today’s economy I can’t afford to take a vacation.
With the economy today I can’t afford to save for retirement.
In today’s economy I can’t do what I want to do.
News Flash — Today’s economy isn’t much different from many other points in our past.
Your choices are what enable you to handle economic changes. If you want to take a vacation, SAVE for it then take it. If you hate your job, quit and get another one (yes there are jobs out there). Don’t use “this economy” as a crutch. You can do anything you want to do, just do it.
I believe that our lives are what we make them. I also believe that the mind and its setting has everything to do with what we make of our lives. In the right mindset, I believe in myself, I see opportunities where previously there were none, and I’m basically a go-getter. In the wrong mindset, I don’t even know why I should bother…with anything. I think of reasons why I can’t do something and why things won’t work. I’m human so I’ve had my share of time in the doldrums, but I make effort not to reside there. I do this by tuning out things that help bring me down, i.e. negative news, people, etc. And I make efforts to listen to that which is uplifting and inspiring. Motivational speakers, human-potential types like Chris Howard, and basically anything that helps me get in a positive vibe.
Give it a shot a see how it goes…