THE EFFECTS OF TODAY'S MEDIA
In light of my last blog, I am sharing my positive thoughts of the day :-)
Today is the first day that I can officially call myself a 'former news reporter'. It is a decision one year in the making.
After having one foot in the world of news and one foot in the world of real estate, I painstakingly realized...that doesn't work. Why? Because the real estate industry is not as bad as the media is portraying. I could no longer be a part of the problem and have decided to be an active part of the solution. This is the most empowered I have felt in years!
Remember, words have power. I didn't realize that for more than a decade I was using my words for the lesser good. Not anymore. There will be no more instilling fear for the sake of ratings or for the approval of management. It is toxic and it is wrong.
What I want each and every person out there to know is that there is a very soft filter on the news you see everyday. From local to national, you are always at the mercy of the person who wrote the story. Whether it is intentional or not, opinion and biases will come into play. Please use your own filter when informing yourself of the day's events.
Here's a neat experiment I tried earlier this month. I decided not to watch the news AT ALL for one week. Crazy, yes...especially for a journalist. However, it proves the point I am about to make. I continued with my work with ReelDwellings.TV, the production company I own. The phone was ringing from real estate agents anxious to get on board the video band wagon. I kept thinking, the economy must be doing better because I am witnessing consumer confidence and progressive thinking from my clients (mainly ALL real estate professionals). Then, after a week, I turned the news back on. To my surprise, I heard about how horrible the economy was, how real estate agents are dropping like flies and how a recession is inevitable! I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone! What's worse was I started to worry about my business and if all of the contacts I had made were all for not. Isn't that nuts???! Just because someone fed me negative information I immediately applied it to my life and it had immediate effects on my mood and actions. Fortunately, I snapped out of it quickly.
The whole point of this post is to reiterate my last blog. It appears I struck a nerve with many Active Rainers thirsty for positive thought and talk. Make it happen...speak the positive, mute the negative. I am in no means suggesting that you stick your head in the sand. Knowledge is power. Take what you know and then use it to your benefit. Opportunity is among us. Rise above and make it happen!