I don’t watch the news. I really never have. I don’t recommend that you do either.
Why? Because it’s all bad news. There are amazing things happening all over the world that never get reported. Because they don’t make good television. Because they aren’t sensational enough. Because they don’t improve ratings.
Here’s some good news: the reality that the media is reporting on doesn’t have to be your reality.
I’m not advocating turning a blind eye to the atrocities going on around the world. I’m not saying we should pretend everything on the planet is perfect. I’m certainly not recommending ignoring the fact that we can all do something to improve the well-being of the planet.
In fact, I’m recommending the exact opposite.
I’m recommending becoming your own economy so that you can be part of the solution.
Watching the news and waiting for things to change ain’t gonna do it.
Lamenting about how the government and world leaders should do something ain’t gonna do it.
Scanning the headlines and feeling anxious ain’t gonna do it.
The United States, Papua New Guinea, and Oman are the only three countries in the world without paid family leave. I see this as an atrocity.
I’m signing petitions, donating money, and otherwise advocating for this reality to change.
However, I’m not waiting to create the life that I want with my husband and baby until the folks down in Washington decide that they’re ready to help me out.
And I don’t recommend you do either.
Instead, you can become your own economy.
This happens in the mind, in the heart, and in your daily reality in the following ways:
- Change your mind. Decide that you’re no longer waiting for the economy to shift to have the kind of prosperity and lifestyle you desire. This simple act will have you notice opportunities that you would have missed while complaining about “how things are.”
- Open your heart. When we open our hearts to ourselves and begin to see our own value, we are able to share that value with the world. Contributing our gifts to the world and receiving in exchange for it is part of being the change.
- Take action. The smartest way of being your own economy is to start your own business so that you’re in control of how much you can earn. You don’t have to go and quit your job and torch your bridges. Start something on the side and nurture it.
The economy is made up of the decisions and actions of billions of people. You may feel tiny in a sea of billions, but I promise you, your choices matter.
Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to create Facebook changed the economy. He was one guy.
Jeff Bezos’ creation of Amazon changed the way we do commerce.
The guys who invented the ability to accept credit cards on the internet changed the face of business forever.
Moral of the story: don’t sit around waiting for someone else to make a change.
The economy moves because people like you and I start thinking and acting differently.
If you want to live a life of choice and create more opportunities for others to do the same, start by choosing to become your own economy.
OVER TO YOU:
What can you do to become your own economy? What mindset shift can you make? How could you add more value? What kind of business could you start? How could you grow your existing business? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
P.S. During the month of February my husband/business partner and I are going to be talking business in our #MoneyLove Business group on Facebook. We’ll be posting regular videos about business mindset, revenue models, strategy, how to bring your heart into what you do, and more. Join the conversation here.