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The Power of the News  29.09.2006

"History is written by those who won. Therefore, we must be careful as to what we choose to believe."



If you are like most people, you stay in touch with the news to know what is happenning in the world. There are 24 hour news channels (Sky. CNN and BBC) and commercial channels that show the news a number of times a day. Radio stations usually share the latest news stories at least every hour and updates are readily available via the internet and in newspapers. Apart from the fact that commercial news may omit facts to make a piece more 'newsworthy', there is another aspect of the news that is very disturbing. - The negative nature of the news and what it can do to the human spirit.




I know of a motivational speaker in the USA who will never subject himself to any sort of news on the day he delivers a keynote speech. His reasoning? He does not want negativity infecting his mind as it will adversely affect his performance. I too am very careful as to how much news I allow myself to watch before I deliver a speech. More than 90% of news is negative, with some suggesting it is as high as 98%. There is lots of good news out there, but it is rarely shown - and this I believe is wrong. Negative news tends to bring down people's energy, spirit and drive. It naturally causes us to be disheartened and filters into our unconscious minds (which accounts for 88% of our brain and acts as a huge sponge).




I am not suggesting that we turn a blind eye to all the problems in the world. I believe that we should continue to help those in need and be thankful for the wonderful things we have in our lives. I am also not suggesting that we try and uphold up a positive front all the time, as this is neither real or realistic. What I am saying is that we should have an understanding of what is happening around us, both the good and the bad. I think we need to hear more inspiring stories to keep ourselves happy and uplifted.



 "Search your heart, open your mind, live the dream."



  • Suggestions on what you can do to maintain a healthy spirit:
  • Read inspiring stories like "Chicken Soup for the Daily Soul"
  • Watch uplifting movies
  • Watch your favourite comedians
  • Share stories with friends (that are positive by nature)
  • See inspiring speakers like W Mitchell
  • Don't allow yourself to watch too much news and current affairs
  • Focus on what you can do, rather than on what you cannot.
  • Focus on the blessings of your life, rather than your shortcomings
  • Make each day count
  • Have a great day, Blake...

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