The Sounds of Trump Aftermath – How You Don’t Have to Stress Out But Can Win Anyway
CRASH! went the mindsets of millions of Americans after the election.
BOOM! went the Stock Market Exchange as they got onto a rising tide that cracked 20,000 this week.
THUD! went the reputations and hopes of the broadcast media after promising a Progressive Dominant Decade through their reporting.
CREEAAK… went the covers of old 1984 books in order to find the answers to this new “dystopia.”
This isn’t a cartoon movie with a giant marshmallow Trump terrorizing downtown New York while Senator Schumer and his Democrats are readying their Ghostbuster Proton Packs in defense.
This was real life reactions, hitting people who had stacked their mindsets with the brittle promises and caricatures of the Republican candidate, only to have those dogma shatter against the reality of a Trump win.
Then the “therapeutic” protest marches began, along with a little rioting here and there.
The election of George W. Bush was bad, but didn’t have this major effect. What happened here?
As a public service, here is the introduction to a new Mindset Stacking™ guide to help us all with our real-world reactions and help move back into a winning frame of mind again:
Have you ever had a complete melt-down, a real failure of your world-view, where the world has gone to hell and stayed there? Sad to tell you: it’s your own damned fault.
What makes it worse is to find out that everything you ever needed to succeed is already programmed into you – and has been since you were born.
Then how did you get into that mess?
By believing what people told you as you were raised, and in every school you went to, all your on-the-job-training, all the books you ever read, every movie you ever saw, or song you ever heard. All those lessons and examples just helped you believe in something other than your own natural ability to succeed.
And so, if you were raised in a “disadvantaged” neighborhood, you weren’t responsible for your own failures. However, this has only really been taught since just after World War II. Before that, there were many schools of thought which held that the individual created their own world and made their success in it, or didn’t.
W. Clement Stone believed in the Horatio Alger stories he read as a child and turned $100 into $35,000,000.
George Washington Carver was born a slave and became one of the most respected and influential scientists of all time, even before the Civil Rights movement.
Almost all of the U.S. Presidents were born into poor or decidedly middle-class backgrounds.
Most of the Forbes list of Richest People came from a poor or middle-class upbringing and either didn’t finish college or never went.
Some of our oldest traditions, such as the Tibetan Book of the Dead, say that as children we have complete access to all the world’s knowledge – right up to the point we learn to talk. Yet other traditions say that everyone of us can still tap into unlimited knowledge, any time we want or need it.
Unfortunately, this isn’t what modern Science says. And it isn’t what any current government or their Academia wants you to believe.
The truth is wilder than our broadcast media admits, although our popular self-help and business books have published it every decade since books first came off a printing press (actually, even when they were still being hand-copied.)
That truth can be found in one of the oldest phrases, which has been repeated over and over in various ways through all our literature, philosophic, and religious works:
We Become What We Think About.
Those ideas you started relying on made you feel sexy, made you feel powerful, helped you think that others were looking up to you, and generally explained how the world worked. They gave you some prediction about things.
Yes, this happens several times to everyone. For a lot of people, this is also known as “mid-life crisis.” But it can also happen in colleges with high-stress situations. The military sees people “hit the wall” in their boot camps weekly. Watch any popular movie and you’ll see this happen to just about every single character. (Actually, we think it’s a bad movie if that doesn’t happen…)
We make our own movie called Life. We create our “real life” situations that we have to solve on our own. We each are the main hero or heroine, the director, and the producer. We stage each scene and sequence, we craft the dialog, we light the set, we pick the wardrobe, we provide the props, we edit out the bloopers. And our movie is a tragedy or comedy wholly dependent on the situations we find ourselves in. Life is a one-take continuing melodrama where there are no “do-overs.”
Not if you know how it works, what the principles are behind the scenes, and how we each came to believe the specific world-view that we do. That we did. That we will tomorrow unless we decide to change it.
The movie each of us lives depends on the world view and mindset that we develop and stack as we live that movie. How we think creates that movie, determines if it’s a tragedy or comedy.
Perhaps the times where we are at our highest risk of having a tragic mental crash is in our current days when we are most removed from the natural world and have come to depend on all the concrete and steel environments where we live our lives.
These artificial worlds might protect us from the elements as long as we follow the rules they require. But they do not protect us if we build a world view which is fragile because it was built of straw instead of brick.
I’ve spent a few decades involved in the work of fixing people and thought I had it figured out, until my own world-view crashed. Then I spent another decade sorting out how that could have been possible at all.
It’s been written for you to help you either recover from a recent crash, for help you make your belief-system more impervious to any future ones.
If you want one of those resilient belief-systems, you’re going to have to work out how to strip down and rebuild and tune your own mental engine while you are using it to drive to work every day and taking the kids to their sports events or visiting their relatives on the weekend. You can’t just get away with putting it in the shop and driving a loaner.
You also meanwhile have to be prepared for environmental “crashes” and “adjustments.”
But believe it or not, it continues to get better.
Our beliefs themselves are what got us into trouble – and they can get us out.
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