Self Help | Self Improvements | Personal Development

Is the Media Spoiling Your Attitude?

Isn't it a great thing that we have access to such a wealth of information these days?

But you might have also noticed that overexposure to information can sometimes be very harmful to your ability to achieve your full potential.

In other words, the influence of the media (who delivers information to you), is something which you must learn to manage in order to master your life.

So how do you know whether or not the media is spoiling your attitude and positive thinking? Here are some things to consider...and some things you can do to regain control...

Are You a Producer or a Consumer? 

Let's face it, the majority of information which you are exposed to these days is coming from someone trying to get you to buy something or to give you their attention. If your spending is out of control, and if you have become a consumer instead of a producer...then you've allowed yourself to be lured in by the influence of the popular media.

How can you know for sure if this is the case?  You can tell by looking at two areas of your life: how you spend your time and how you spend your money. If you've overextended in either of these two areas of your life, the time has come to reset. Sit down and come up with a specific plan as to how you're going to manage your time and your money according to your terms.

The more you focus on this plan and the more action you invest into it, the less influential the voice of the media will become.

Do You Have an Empowering or Disempowering Self-Image?

Much of what you hear in the media encourages people to make fun of or to degrade other people and themselves as well. If you doubt this, just pay attention to the common jokes on sitcoms. Most of them are self-deprecating and encourage the audience to laugh at someone's insecurities.

If low self-confidence is something which you are exposed to, it's only a matter of time before you make it a part of your own personal belief system.

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What can you do about this? Start asking yourself the following question when you start reading or watching something: "Is this going to empower me to be a better person or not?" If it's not, then proceed watching or reading at your own risk, understanding that you are willingly doing something that will take away your self-image.

Most of the time, admitting this is enough for you to turn your attention towards better things.

Is The Grass Always Greener Everywhere Else?

Marketers and advertisers have mastered the art of convincing someone that they need something which they really don't need. The result of this is a collective social paradigm that "anything new is always better." This can lead to double mindedness, indecisiveness and a life which is dangerously out of balance. If you believe that the grass is always greener somewhere else, you'll never learn to be happy in the moment.

Instead, you'll always be looking for something which is bigger, better, faster, sexier... blah, blah, blah. The best way to get over this is to get on a "low media diet," and to spend more time committing yourself to developing practical plans of action for getting what you really want.

Are Your Dreams of the Future About Worry or Hope?

You might have heard the saying that the media predicted 25 out of the last four recessions. As funny as this might sound, it is true that the information you're getting from the media is never giving you the positive side of the story.

This is not the media's fault, instead it's the fault of the general public for giving interest and attention to such news. After all, if no one was buying it or watching it, the media wouldn't be focusing on it.

The best way to overcome this is again to extract yourself and stop being part of the problem. This will also help reduce stress levels. Take 50% of the time you spend watching TV or reading the news and commit that time to developing a written plan of action for doing something which will improve the quality of your life: getting in better shape, managing your money better, getting into your dream career or finding and building better relationships.

Start your low media diet today and get to work on managing your own life. The sooner you do this, the sooner you begin to realize that most of what you're reading and watching in the media is based more on illusion than on reality.

11 forgotten laws

Bob Proctor believes that many people learn a 'watered down' version of The Law of Attraction, due to the sensationalist nature of the media. To find out what he believes has been forgotten, check out "The 11 Forgotten Laws":