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How to Upgrade Your Spirit in a Plummeting Market

The heat has been sweltering in many parts of the country. America as a nation is in the hot seat, too. Standard & Poors has downgraded the United States’ credit rating and as a result the stock market is plummeting - desperate actions due to a fear frenzy. Our national psyche has always espoused the power of positive thinking – The little engine that could. However, believing that we have supernatural, positive powers to recoup our reputation and empowerment is simplistic. Instead, positive thinking can help us to live with ailments instead of succumbing to them as Abraham Vergese aptly put it. This is the time to breathe, reflect and take an inventory both nationally and personally: Stability before mobility.

Many are criticizing S&P for downgrading our country. Perhaps, S&P is taking the contrarian position to achieve notoriety. Or does it have the courage to call it as it sees it based on slow growth, higher household debt and other social trends even though its analysis might be unpopular? While I am not an economist, I can advise you about handling the stress of criticism.
When life’s stressors spiral out of our control, we need to get back to basics, the ABC of things to help us figure out how to rebuild. Our nation is as strong as its family units. Somewhere along the way most of us grew more complicated with our individual borrowing and spending out of control as we competed with the neighbors. Many students are still going into debt for pricey educations like law schools only to discover that there are no jobs or at least the kind of jobs they are training for and expect. Now is the time to simplify life and invest in our own self-worth, expanding this principle to family/friends, neighbors and community. Our country needs to change on the seed level. Each one of us has a vital responsibility to do better. Our nation was created by the common sense of the common man/woman. Use it!

How to invest in your own self worth:
For more information on managing your stress and reclaiming your life read my book, Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show

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