Recession, recession, recession. Everywhere you turn you hear that we are either heading into a recession, we are already in a recession or we are on the brink of a depression. It is enough to make you crazy. While it is true that we are experiencing financial challenges in our world today, it is also true that the constant talk about financial ruin is helping to create those very conditions. When people only hear about how bad the economy is, that layoffs are imminent, that we are going to have money problems for months, if not years, they become fearful of spending money. When people don’t spend money, the economy worsens. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

So how can you help yourself effectively navigate these challenging financial times that we all face? Here are some ideas that can help you.

Stay away from the gloom and doom of the media

I usually watch the news on TV or listen to it in my car. The constant barrage about how terrible things are made it very difficult for me to stay positive about my financial condition. I was becoming very anxious about my future. I have decided to take a break from the media. I refuse to read about or listen to how awful things are. The result – I am much more optimistic about my future.

If you are feeling stressed about the current state of the world, you might want to stay away from those sources that continually tell you that the world is about to end. Don’t worry – if something really important happens, you will know about it.

Recognize that your success is not an accident

Whatever success you are currently enjoying is yours because of who you are. It is not an accident. It is not just the roll of the dice. It is because you have worked to create value for others and you are enjoying the rewards of that service. Just because the economic conditions are changing, that does not mean that your success is about to be pulled out from under you. You have a consciousness of success and that will help you to find success in the evolving economic climate. There is an old saying that if you took all the money in the world and distributed it equally, the people who were millionaires would soon become millionaires again because they have a consciousness of success and prosperity. Your success is the result of your consciousness and no one can take that from you if you don’t allow them to do so.

Picture your continued success

Continually hold a picture of yourself being successful in your mind. See others offering you wonderful opportunities for which you are abundantly rewarded. Does this seem like a fantasy? It isn’t. It is a very powerful success practice. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “We become what we think about all day long.” We all behave the way we see ourselves in our mind. By continuing to hold a success picture in your mind, you will unconsciously be sending out signals to others that you are a success. Your continued success is sure to follow.

It isn’t easy, but it is worth it

If you think this is easy to do, it isn’t. But it is possible. Right now my husband works for Merrill Lynch which has been bought by the Bank of America. There are talks of major job cuts. I could be a lunatic. As a matter of fact, I was one when I listened to the constant reports of doom and gloom. However, I have learned from my own experience and the experience of other successful people that when we take control of our minds, we take control of our destinies. As William James said, “The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” It was true when William James said it and it is just as true now. Recession proof your thinking and continue to experience all of the good that life has to offer.

Author's Bio: 

Della Menechella is a speaker, author, trainer and licensed minister who inspires people to achieve greater success from the inside out. She is a contributing author to Thriving in the Midst of Change and the author of the videotape The Twelve Commandments of Goal Setting. Go to for other success articles or to sign up for her free Peak Performance Pointers ezine.